Temples of the Sun and Moon (Sol y Luna)

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Cool dog.

We got up a bit later than expected (it´s turning into a habit now..) and went and grabbed some breakfast at a cafe down the road called ´My Friend´. FANTASTIC! Best breakfast ever.

Headed into Trujillo and caught a taxi for the Temples of the Sun and Moon. The taxi driver had us a little worried because he seemed like he had no idea where he was going, even asking for directions from another cab driver at a red light. Nice. We did get there eventually.

The Temples of the Sun and Moon are two pyramids built by the Moche people. They are made out of adobe brick. The Temple of the Moon is about 900 years old.

So far only 30% of the Temple has been excavated. It will take a further 20 years or so to uncover what they can.

As the Moche people covered parts of the temple over (the walls etc with adobe brick) when building a new level (of which there are 6 in total) every 100 years, it is impossible to uncover it all as the structure would give way.

We only got to view the Temple of the Moon, as the Temple of the Sun is shut due to extensive damage by grave robbers and when the Spaniards were in search of gold in the 17th Century. The walls are decorated mostly by a sacrifical God and in different expressions. Also jaguars, snakes, lizards, spiders etc.

After the tour we headed back into Trujillo, trying yet a again to find a reaonable tour for the following day for some another ruins about 45mins away from here. No luck, even though they have signs stating special prices, they tell you that they need 3 or more for this, and quoted us over double the price as there were only 2 of us. No thanks guys! I hope this isn´t a common thing in Peru.

Off to the Chan Chan ruins tomorrow!

 

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Cool dog.
Cool dog.
Temple of the Sun in background.
Temple of the Sun in background.
Temple of the Sun in background.
Temple of the Sun in background.
Trujillo.
Trujillo.
Trujillo
photo by: Paulovic