Chan Chan Archaelogical Zone

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Chan Chan: Dessert Wonderland May 09, 2011
I was volunteering in Trujillo, Peru for two months and although there may not be a good amount to see in Trujillo, I was there for a while and really have come to appreciate the city. The town center has some lovely architecture and good restaurants, all at reasonable prices. The city is bustling, and the seafood is fresh. All I can say is, even though Trujillo is a city you may just want to pass through, it's worth a little more the just a day. One of the best sights, and only sights really, is Chan Chan Archaeological sight. A ticket for 11 Soles (7 for ISIC) buys you entrance to the Chan Chan Museum, the sight itself, as well as two more sights within the city (you have two days to see everything then your ticket expires); Huaca del Sol, Huaca de la Luna. Chan Chan is the largest remaining city of the pre-christ Chimu civilization. Depending on what guide you get, our guides name was Eduardo and he was fantastic, you can either have a great experience or a terrible one. The prices for a guide are also separate and you can just go through without a guide but i recommend the guide (30 Soles a group). Mochi and Chimu history is very interesting! Check this site out and support the local history :)
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Largest Adobe-brick Capital City - Chan Chan or Sun Sun Aug 21, 2005
This adobe-brick capital city, located 5km west of Trujillo, has been called the largest mud city in the world. It's 20 square km big. Its name means in Moche language: sun sun.

When you visit it, you can still see the remains of boulevards, aqueducts, gardens, palaces. There were 9 royal compounds in the city. One of them, the Tschudi palace, has been partially restored and you can visit it.

It's amazing to walk around this city and see the Main Square (Plaza Principal), which is a big square where ceremonies and festivals were held. The reconstructed walls have depictions of sea otters. You will also see that the main corridor is marked by fishnet representations, which shows that the sea was very important for these people. Another thing you'd find is a small natural reservoir called "huachaque", which still works until today.

If you are in Trujillo, I highly recommend you to visit huge Chan Chan. It also has a Site Museum and you can see pyramids like: Huaca Prieta, El Brujo & Huacas de Moche. Huaca Arco Iris (Rainbow) or Dragon. Experienced tours - also bilingual - are available. You can go there either by bus or take a cab, which is not expensive and the entrance fee is cheap. You can visit the Tschudi palace from 8am - 4pm.

Furthermore it's between Trujillo and Huanchaco (beach), so maybe after visiting it you can head to the beach to relax.
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