Trujillo and the temples of the idiotic archeologists
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Trujillo was a pleasant surprise. When we came into the bus station we were not impressed with the city at all but once in the center of the city it was quite nice. Trujillo was pretty expensive in general and crappy hostals were way over priced and shady located so we decided to spend a few extra soles and stay in a swanky place. Woo hoo!! We spent the first afternoon walking around the city and eating every chance we got. The food was great in Trujillo, especially the pasteries, which were in fact "mouthwateringly" ridiculous. The city was bustling on Friday night with everyone spending their paychecks on shopping and dinner and drinks (we had to wait in line 20 min for an ATM).
The next day we visited two (pre-Inca) ruins outside of Trujillo and were blown away. The first ruins were called Huacas del Sol y de la Luna (Temple of the Sun and the Moon), and it was anything but. The "archeologists" that named it called it the temples of the sun and the moon because it looked like temples for the sun and the moon of other places in Latin America, though this had nothing to do with this particular civilization. But we digress, the temple that we walked into was in fact 5 temples, one built on top of another every 100 years. So they would build a temple, with halls, walkways, sacrifice platforms, and painted walls (of blues, yellows, reds, etc), and then every 100 years, fill all the halls with bricks, thus making a new foundation, and start building a temple on top.
The second ruins that we visited that day were named Chan Chán, and the Chimú lived in it. It is the largest adobe city in the world, and large it was. Like the temples it was surrounded by huge walls to protect it from the wind and the sand, but this was were even taller, at some 20 feet.
And so dazzled we returned to Trujillo to have more pastery, more food, and some long overdue beer drinking. It is notable that we went to a drinking establishment for the first time on our trip. We've had beer and wine and pisco with meals but we had yet to go to an establishment for the sole purpose of having a beer. We are los-ers.