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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
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... more » 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We used a guide. Very informative and very nice. You get a good take on the ancient civilization that lived there.

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Santiago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Chan Chan is a must. Used to be a very large Chimu city of up to 30k people. Although only one of the 9 citadels has been worked out and is open to the public, it is certainly an amazing place to visit. Worth taking a guide (US$ 10 about) as if not you might miss many details, and the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Chan Chan covers a huge area, 22km sq in all. The world heritage site comes with a multipass ticket which lets you visit some other Chimu culture sites in the area such as the Chan Chan museum and Huaca el Dragon. Chimu is from 850AD to 1470 just before the Inca's arrived. Chan Chan is the largest adobe mud brick... More

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Lima, Peru
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Once the worlds largest mud city, Chan Chan was built around AD 850 and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in the 15th century. At the height of its existence about 30,000 people lived here. While monotonous, its size is still impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Had an awesome tour guide to show us the sites around Trujillo. Chan Chan was awe inspiring and well worth the tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

Great place to walk around and explore very cool history about this place and people. Worth checking out if you are in town. Also very cheap as far as tickets go

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Larne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Great historical site, well laid out and preserved. The guide gave us a fascinating account of the place and it surpassed expectations. If you like history this is the tour for you.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very different from the usual Huaca.Huge palace (one of 17 originally). ChanChan had 250,000 inhabitants when the Spanish arrived..... State run so the excavation and restoration is slow but you get a very good idea of what it must have been like. Museum is basic but a quick visit gives you an idea of the history. You need a guide.

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Culebra, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This place is quite a big surprise. When you approach, you have not idea of the extent of this center. Largest adobe structure in the world and preserved much more than I would imagine. The detail design in the adobe - repeated - is quite amazing.

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Moscow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

A unique opportunity to spend time in ancient ruins of a lost civilization. Huge territory with a possibility to stay tet-a-tet with pre-Columbian Peru. )

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