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El Brujo

Near Magdalena de Cao | Valle de Chicama, Trujillo, Peru
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Ranked #4 of 23 Attractions in Trujillo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ancient Ruins
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Northern Peru seems to be little explored by the tourists yet. Amazing archeology sites most still being explored and less the 10 yrs open. Learning about the pre Inca people of Mocha, Chimu and Lambageque was fantastic. Recommend it.

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

One of the more interesting archeological sites on Peru’e northern cosat (after the Huaca Rajada de SIpan and the Huaca de La Luna). Located very close to Trujillo, its worth a short visit if you’re in the area. Particularly interesting is the small museum with the exhibit The Senora de Cao, a princess mummy found in an undisturbed tomb within... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

After seeing the sites of Chan Chan and Huaca del Sol and Luna I did not feel that El Brujo was worth the travel from Trujillo to see. The only thing that was interesting and different was the mummy the uncovered but I was not overly impressed with this site other than that.

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London, United Kingdom
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

This site and discovery has been touted worldwide, and for archaeologists it's something of a holy grail. Yet...and yet...the way it is laid out is irritating and badly organised. The fact that it is miles from anywhere isn't a problem, although it is an expense (about 100 soles from Trujillo, although only 5 s/ on two combis if you have... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

While it only had a short blurb in our travel guide, thus was an amazing site with a world class museum. It deserves international accolades. The ruins themselves were wonderful - be sure to have a guide or taxi bring you, as there is no way we would have made it on our own. The museum is fascinating and has... More

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Mölndal, Västra Götaland, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I'm not much to look at old ruins, but this was interesting. Especially the stories of the Lady of Cao and how brutal people were against each other at the time. We were three persons who went with a guide from Trujillo, it cost 50 soles each. Ask in your hostel, they can certainly produce a guide. The entrance to... More

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Discovery of a intact tomb in 2006 turned accepted history pre-Inca upside down. Beautiful setting and an interesting Hauca (Pyramid) are complimented by an excellent museum - architecture and collection. Make a half day to see this. Our tour didn't include a stop in the local village because we took the late tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Very interesting small museum housing this mummy and the artefacts found buried with her. Tour includes a visit to what remains standing of the pyramid, including the anatomically-exact wall paintings. About an hour out of town but worth the trip.

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Rio de Janeiro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

An absolutely fantastic exhibition of the mummy and burial treasures of La Señora de Cao, a 5th century Moche priestess or ruler, arranged in a stunning modern museum donated by a local banker. There js currently more archeological work going on at the site and it is hope that a long lost temple, complete with intact polychromatic frescoes, will soon... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Located about 1 hours drive from Trujillo this complex was only discovered in the 1990's and opened to the public in 2005. The site has only been partially excavated but already there have been some remarkable finds including a mummified body on a young woman and all of her ornate jewellery and afterlife paraphernalia. As time progresses this might turn... More

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