Chan Chan and Sun & Moon
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Time for a bit of culture for us again today. All day on 2 guided tours of the temples of Chan Chan, Dragon and Sun and Moon.
We started in the morning by going south (which was useful as it gave us on idea of how the hell to get out of town) into some random road (thinking – good thing we did not try find this ourselves). First stop was the obligatory stop at the tourist trap for a lecture in Spanish about how they made pottery in an attempt to get us to buy something. You can see I am getting a bit jaded by tours here – some of the stuff was actually quite nice, but impossible to transport back with us.
Then off to the temples (Las Huacas del Sol y de la Luna).
Anyway, the Temple of the Moon is more than impressive enough to make up for it. The entire site is still being excavated – which started in 1991. The site includes the temples of sun and moon and the Moche village which existed in between the 2 temples.
The temple of the moon was built in layers over hundreds of years. Each of the 5 layers is built on top of the previous temple. The result is large and impressive. The amazing thing is that hey found awesome original murals on the walls is vibrant colours. Some of these were actually buried under other layers of the other temples and they are still busy excavating.
For lunch we got dragged to “El Sombrero – Restaurant Turistico”.
The food turned out to be quite good, but the menu was a good laugh. The translations were quite imaginative.
The afternoon started off with a visit to the Dragon temple which has been renovated – a pity, as it looks as if it has just been built. Still, some impressive pictures carved in the stone. One of the pictures in the Insight guide to Peru incorrectly is incorrectly attributed to Chan Chan when it is actually here.
From there to Chan Chan.
The last stop was the nearby beach resort town of Huanchaco, which is a surfing village, It has good waves, lots of pubs, restaurants and hotels – looks like somewhere nice to spend some relaxing time.
Overall, the temple of the moon was our favourite spot.
For dinner we went to a little spot that we saw on the drive back from the beach – also about 2 blocks from our hotel, called Amaretto Café. Very nice, simple and tasty.
Another very cool thing in Peru is the freshly squeezed fruit juices (jugo). All sorts of varieties: pineapple, papaya, orange, peach etc. All freshly done and extremely tasty – has become a regular of Kat’s along the way.