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Description: 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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A must-visit in Peru

If history interests you, and you plan to visit Peru - this ancient Pre-Columbian site is a must. Well preserved and more than worth the visit in Trujillo (although the pyramis of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

If history interests you, and you plan to visit Peru - this ancient Pre-Columbian site is a must. Well preserved and more than worth the visit in Trujillo (although the pyramis of the sun and of the moon are also a must-see here)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Chan Chan (in Mochica -Jang Jang which means Sun Sun) is an incredible site. This is the largest Pre-Columbian adobe city in South America. I have visited a lot of ruins including many Mayan ruins which I love, but this was something I had never seen and found to be a must-see even if you're not into ruins. The Chimú... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A very large fortress or palace complex taht takes a while to walk through. Not a lot to see in the walls and fortifications but nonetheless impressive.

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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Chan Chan is something for itself. I am interested in history and been around to a fair share of pyramids and ruins - I highly recommend to hire a guide. Because of the rain a lot of the ruins docent speak for itself. That does not mean its not worth it - it definitively is!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

an amazing visit, incredible richness and well maintained. as usual: terrific guide. Lots of walking and climbing. wear appropriate shoes.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Some people say that there is too much "restoration" here but it is a very impressive site. The bas relief designs, which still hold some color, are amazing. This is something you must see if you have any interest at all in pre-Hispanic cultures.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Older ancient ruins still being escovated. So amazing to being standing in this vast dessert land. Easy to get there by bus or taxi from Huanchaco.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We visited during the afternoon and there was virtually no one at this amazing archaeological site. Everyone seems to flock South to Mach Picchu, but the Northern sites in Peru are amazing, and reate the Incas.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Well-presented and preserved archaeological site still under exploration and investigation. We took the guided tour, in English, which cost S40 for our private party of 4. The guide spoke English well and the interpretation provided made all the difference to the visit. I wasn't watching the time (always a good sign), but we were probably there between 1 - 2... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A twenty square kilometre city ruins emerging from the desert. A nice visit it you happen to be in town.

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