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Address: Trujillo, Peru
Phone Number: 51044248744
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This archaeological zone, an excellent example of pre-Colombian America,...

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.

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Nice ruins located on the coast

My one complaint is that only one area is open for tourism, the main palace. I wanted to go wander around in the mazes of this place, but access was restricted. I took the full... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Daryl F
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Madison, Wisconsin

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Madison, Wisconsin
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My one complaint is that only one area is open for tourism, the main palace. I wanted to go wander around in the mazes of this place, but access was restricted. I took the full tour, which was a few hours long and went to different sites that we had to get to by taxi. At the main entrance are... More 

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Cusco, Peru
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63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While this site does have some wall murals, it does not have as many as the Huaca de la Luna, what I found most impressive with this site was the size of it, it just seems to go on and on, and some of the walls are quite impressive as well. The plazas or ceremonial areas were also quite large... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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83 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Chan Chan as part of a day tour from Trujillo. Chan Chan are a huge set of separate ruins - where you get to visit one large section. The section is really interesting - with lots of cool areas courtyards, walls, graveyards. There are also a lot of really interesting carvings. The area is spoiled a bit as... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to visit Trujillo solely because of Chan Chan and Huacas del Sol y de la Luna because we are interested in Peruvian history. I would describe our visit to Chan Chan as ok. We took a taxi from Trujillo to the ticket office for 20 soles. It took us 30 minutes to walk around (it's well signposted) whilst... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We payed 10 sols for a ticket and 40 sols for the optional guide, he spoke good English and could answer all of our questions, he didnt rush us around and he was well informed on all aspects of the site. We learnt a lot of things that we wouldn't of known if we had walked around alone. The site... More 

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Santa Fe, NM
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62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimu Empire from about 900 AD until the Inka Empire conquered them in the 15th century and is believed to have been the largest Pre-Coliumbian city in South America. The very large site you can visit is believed to be one 9 palaces that obviously had to be owned by a very wealthy... More 

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North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Many other reviewers have provided detailed information about what this site offers so I will not repeat that. Chan Chan is so easily accessible, you basically drive through it while going from the airport into the city. And there are numerous tours offered to visit the site. But I do want to emphasize that this is one of several very... More 

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Lima, Peru
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Very few people outside Peru know about the Chimu Empire which ruled a vast area in the north of Peru from the 12th to the 15th centuries A.D., contemporaneous with the Mongol Empire. The only part that is really open to the public, Tschudi (now Nik An in the Mochic language) is one of the 9 great "ciudadelas" or wall... More 

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New Jersey
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180 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimu Empire and was built between 1100-1300 AD. It is a sprawling archeological complex consisting of of nine "palaces" of which only one is currently open to the public. Since it was constructed out of adobe and mud-brick, the intervening centuries of weathering, floods and el Ninos have taken a toll and have... More 

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Thank George S
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37 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Condor explained the history of Chan Chan to us and it is well worth the cost to have the guide. Nicely laid out and we enjoyed our time there

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