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Chan Chan

Address: Trujillo, Peru
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Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Trujillo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient ruins, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This archaeological zone, an excellent example of pre-Colombian...
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Type: Ancient ruins, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Haifa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

. Chan Chan was the capital of the Chan Chan culture which followed the Moche. The city is big (25 square km) but you visit only a small part of it. The city had 9 royal palaces, a big burial plaza, administration building, etc.. The buildings and decoration are impressive (mostly renovated). Besides Chan Chan and Huacha de Sol and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Chan Chan is a very large complex of a former native site. It is interesting to see how it was built and how each segment had a specific purpose. There is even sculptures in the sand to indicate certain activities in the location.The sculptures are very realistic.There was also a water storage pool, which was connected tp the sea and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It is interesting but you need to be aware you are not viewing an original histoic site, it is almost all restored from what they believe was there. I found it a bit boring, not much information, the guide we had did not have a lot of information? Very hot and dry, bring lots of water and wear a hat!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Interesting site to visit - and very worthwhile. Just make sure you wear a hat, lots of suncream and take some water with you. An unguided visit around the part you can visit takes about 50minutes. Maje sure your smart phone has a QR reader if you're doing the unguided tour as there's additional information available.

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We visited Chan Chan with the group of the tour, the entrance fee was S/. 10 for adult and S/. 1 for children, keep the tickets because it valid for Huaca Arco Iris (Dragon) - Chan Chan - Huaca La Esmeralda and Musem (but because we joined the group tour and the time was limited, so we could not visit... More 

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Siam Reap Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is an impressive complex but you are aware that it is nearly all reconstructed and very little is original. They are even rebuilding it as you are walking around.

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Front Royal, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The Chan Chan site is the world's largest Adobe site. It is an impressive tribute to the Chimu who were contemporaries with the Incas and controlled their own large area of the northern coast of Peru (down to Lima). To do what they did without the wheel or coinage is quite impressive. Bring water and a hat for the walk... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Did not like the villages next to the archeological temple, very dirty. The guide was very helpful and full of knowledge.

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Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I went quite late, about 15.30, closing is around 17.00, and as I did not take a guided tour entry was 10 Sols. I still found I had enough time to stroll through the 'streets', pathways and squares of the ruins. There are information plaques located at significant areas but they are quite limited. Obviously, if you are interested in... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The Chan Chan ruins are amazing. I would highly recommend going with a tour guide They really know the ruins inside out and one will miss a lot if going on your own. My husband and I purchased a package in Lima that included 2 cities and it was the best thing we did. They put you on a plane... More 

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