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Chan Chan

Trujillo, Peru
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Ranked #2 of 23 Attractions in Trujillo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Owner description: This archaeological zone, an excellent example of pre-Colombian America, once served as the capital of the Chimu Kingdom, which reached the height of... more » Owner description: This archaeological zone, an excellent example of pre-Colombian America, once served as the capital of the Chimu Kingdom, which reached the height of its power in the 15th century before falling under the Incas. « less
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cheshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Be very careful when you arrange a Chan Chan tour(or any other for that matter in Peru - you might get robbed -read the info) Our guide wanted an extra pound for speaking English. We stopped off at several Peruvian pyramid sites and you must see a Peruvian dog! Chan Chan was amazing, certainly on a par with the temples... More

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Rochester, New York
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22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Our Holland America cruise stopped at the Peruvian seaport Salaverry We took the 7 hour tour of the archeological sites near Trujillo., and Chan Chan was part of the the tour. Our bus continued to the Chimu city of Chan Chan which was the largest ancient Adobe city in all Americas, now a world Heritage site. It was the capital... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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19 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A sprawling and interesting site and worth seeing. However, this site is not nearly as interesting as Huaca del Sol y la Luna. Also the museum is very small and poorly done. Guides are not required and, as it turns out, not very good. They are also way overpriced at 35 to 40 soles.

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Los Gatos, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

wonderful, isolated placed great guided tours. You can arrive on your own, but it is a bit hard to locate, Peru does not have lots of road maps or signs. Once you get there you will need a hour or more to take the tour. Guides speak several languages, so make sure you specify the language you want the tour... More

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Leuven
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Although the scale is undeniably overwhelming, the ruins leave too much to the imagination to really get the feel for the place. Many parts are just reconstructed and they must've thought it was a great idea to put some ugly canopies over these reconstructed walls. The result is... pretty sheddy. And what was with that awfull smell down there?... I... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was a great site to visit with a guide. Even though only certain parts are open to the public the available area is still very big. The attached museum is pretty good.

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Lima
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

After visiting Huaca de la Luna, this is the next site not to be missed. Pay extra for a guide or you will not get full value for your visit. The first time we visited, years ago, we did not hire a guide and only appreciated the structures but not the history. The enormity of this palace is mind-boggling. Make... More

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Hokitika
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We visited Chan Chan twice. Firstly independently around 2pm. The site was almost empty and we wandered around the huge temple by ourselves. Not much information available and it was not easy to work out what was rebuilt and what was original. Returned the next day as part of full day tour. At 4.30pm the site was very busy as... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

So simple yet enormous. This site is still being excavated and visitors are able to see one of the 19(?) palaces that has been discovered. Simple adobe built structures with simple carving from the Chimu Empire that was destroyed by the Aztecs in 1470's

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

You can go by taxi or bus. Be careful of robbers. If you go by bus, don't take anything of value with you. This includes earrings or necklaces. Once there, it is quite impressive.

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