Sunday.....Trujillo.... Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Huacas del Sol y de la Luna
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I wake up just before 7 to watch F1. Of course the tv that worked perfectly well last night doesnâ€™t work this morning. The man canâ€™t fix it and itâ€™s nearly 7:30 before I end up watching F1 in another room in my dressing gown. Apparently Mark spun very early in the race and finishes well down the list.
There is hot water, so I finally get a shower.
Iâ€™m picked up around 10 by a guide, Juan Carlos. First I explain to the lady on reception about the hot water, or lack thereof, the rubber coverings on the bed and the tv that wonâ€™t work this morning. She is very apologetic and says that everything will be fixed today.
We then pick up the other people on the tour; four ladies and two young children.
We then go to Chan Chan is the capital of what was the Chimu Empire and is Americaâ€™s largest pre-Hispanic adobe settlement. The area which is being restored was the palaces of the Chimu kings. I had seen pictures of it before, but it is a huge complex. They cannot preserve all of the settlement because of the size, so have concentrated on the palaces. Itâ€™s believed that the city dates back to the first century after Christ and lasted until the Incas came around 1470 AD.
After Chan Chan we went to the beachside town of Huanchaco for lunch. I was invited to join the other tour members, but decided to go for a walk and just have a sandwich. Iâ€™ve probably mentioned before that in Sud America lunch is the big meal of the day, but I just canâ€™t eat much, particularly if Iâ€™ve had breakfast.
After lunch the other tour members were dropped off at their hotel and we continued on to the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon. Despite the ravages of weather and looters, the Huaca del Sol is still the tallest adobe structure in the Americas. It is now unstable and no guided tours go there. However we spent considerable time at the Huaca de la Luna, which is absolutely fascinating.
I am dropped back at my hotel around 4:30 and sleep from 9:30 pm until 8 am.
Today's trivia. I miss the blue skies which I last saw in Arequipa. Also my hair, which hardly needed to be washed because of the dry air, is now suffering from the humidity.