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Chan Chan

Address: Trujillo, Peru
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Ranked #2 of 23 Attractions 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

I was prepared to go guideless to chan chan and wander my way through trying to figure it out for myself, as I thought the English tour guides were a bit pricey at $45 soles. But we ended up getting one and I am SO GLAD we did! He was amazing! So informative, answered every question we had, no matter... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The Ciudadela de Chan Chan is a must-visit archeological site for any visitor in Trujillo. I strongly recommend to visit, also, the Huaca de la Luna and Museo de Cao.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It was a hot, sunny day, but it was worth the while! Amazing site, well preserved and taken cared of. Plenty of directions and descriptions! We enjoyed being taken back in time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Never knew this existed. Eye-opening. After our conventional Smithsonian Peru tour, we went off on our own north of Lima. Had done some research but never expected what we saw. Mile after mile of Moche palace ruins. As soon as one ruler died, the next had to build his own palace. Lots of excavations going on, lots of walking. Be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This pre-columbian ruin is the sand castle supreme. A taxi ride out is worth the trip. The driver will wait or another will take you back. Guides are available at the side. Reading about Chan Chan on Google before hand will enhance your experience. This is definately a memory not soon forgotten.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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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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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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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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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