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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, Cultural
Owner description: This archaeological zone, an excellent example of pre-Colombian...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We stayed in the beach town Huanchaco and wanted to know a bit more about the history of this area. Everybody who goes to Peru knows about Machu Picchu, but we heard that there were some very interesting ruins around Trujillo. The ruins of Chan Chan were very easy to reach by bus. Actually, the main road to Trujillo goes... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

This site gives an overview of a pre Inca civilisation. It is still very much an ongoing investigation so it is wise to go forearmed with some information although the guides are a bit pricey. I recommend going into the book store on site and picking up a guide in your language.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Maybe it's the largest ruins in Peru. All constructed whit adobo and still under restoration work. Have a lot's of designs on the walls. It's different from the others ruins that I had knew on Peru.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Chan Chan is completely different to the Huacas del Sol. Different architecture, the sheer size of the settlement will amaze you. There has been a lot of reconstruction at this site so you can get a sense for what it would have been like. Choose a good guide, it makes all the difference.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This UNESCO World Heritage site is huge and amazing, however you can only see a very small part of it. Some passages are quite narrow and when it gets crowded can be a bit unpleasant, but stick out your elbows and persevere as is very interesting. The walls are covered adobe brick into which some intricate designs are carved. Some... More 

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Llandrindod Wells
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Don't do a tour but get a taxi for 6-10 s from town out here, get a guide (40s English speaking) and do it this way. The entrance is 10s but gives you 4 sites, including the site museum down the road which you might want to do first as it's not great but gives you a bit of info.... More 

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Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Although only a small part of the original city has been excavated, and an even smaller part is accessible, the remaining walls, temple space and structures are impressive, and absolutely worth a visit.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Opinions of the ruins aside, I would advise anyone to get a guide before surveying the ruins. There are no information boards inside, and without context and explanation it's impossible to make sense of the vast spaces. Your guidebooks cannot condense 600years of civilisation into half a page, either. Our guide even joked that he was still in the job... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Thank goodness there are some canopies to protect at least some of this amazing city as the rest is eroding. Our guide, Fanny, was extremely informative, spoke perfect English and showed us everything we could wish to see of the site, a visit to the museum included. How wonderful to get a glimpse of such a past culture and imagine... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We liked everything about Chancan. Our tour guide Edith did such an excellent job. We highly recommend it to everyone. We were really amazed at how much there is to see there.

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