Sunday.....Trujillo.... Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Huacas del Sol y de la Luna

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Chimu building. Poles to support covering against rain in summer.

I wake up just before 7 to watch F1.  Of course the tv that worked perfectly well last night doesn’t work this morning.  The man can’t fix it and it’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.

 

I’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 won’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.

Chimu building
  Our first visit is to an example of a Chimu building.   As some of the ladies don’t speak English, I accept the guide’s suggestion that the tour is in Spanish and he will speak slowly for me.  He’s very good and I follow most of what he says.  Unfortunately later on I find it difficult to follow him as I’m still exhausted from lack of sleep and it starts to catch up with me.  He’s very good as I told him about the problems I’d been having.

 

We then go to Chan Chan is the capital of what was the Chimu Empire and is America’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.  It’s believed that the city dates back to the first century after Christ and lasted until the Incas came around 1470 AD.

Chan Chan. Original work in clay.

 

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.  I’ve probably mentioned before that in Sud America lunch is the big meal of the day, but I just can’t eat much, particularly if I’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.

Chan Chan, rain damage clearly seen on tops of walls
  When one king died, the whole level where he had lived would become a tomb and would be covered over.  Then the next king would live on the level above.  There are at least four levels which have been uncovered. 

 

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.

 

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Chimu building.  Poles to support …
Chimu building. Poles to support…
Chimu building
Chimu building
Chan Chan.  Original work in clay.
Chan Chan. Original work in clay.
Chan Chan, rain damage clearly see…
Chan Chan, rain damage clearly se…
Chan Chan restoration work
Chan Chan restoration work
Chan Chan, tomb of king.
Chan Chan, tomb of king.
Pier at Huanchaco
Pier at Huanchaco
Huanchaco
Huanchaco
Huaca de la Luna
Huaca de la Luna
Huaca de la Luna
Huaca de la Luna
Huaco de la Luna
Huaco de la Luna
Huaca del Sol from Huaca de la Luna
Huaca del Sol from Huaca de la Luna
Main square, Trujillo
Main square, Trujillo
Trujillo
photo by: Paulovic