Chan Chan
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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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Nathaly M
Lima, Peru6 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
The Citadel is beautiful; there are no signs or self-guides so you must hire a guide. You only need 1 hour for the visit. Confortable shoes and sunscreen.
Written June 30, 2023
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Dragonbaby
Orange, CT75 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Excellent ruins. Neat to see the former center of the Chimu kingdom. We got a guide at the site who was excellent. Much of the adobe complex has been washed away (roofs). But the scale of the site is incredible. Nice to see preserved portions. Nearby huaca el dragon is currently closed. We paired this with trip to playa Huanchaco.
Written June 26, 2023
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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland1,137 contributions
Aug 2022
Huge archeological site outside Trujillo, well done, you can walk on the site and explore some nice remains of this important site. I would recommend to take a guide who can explain to you all details.
Written August 22, 2022
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,616 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
This was the center of the Chimu empire. It existed for about 500 years, before being conquered by the Incas in the late 1400s. If you're into pre-Columbian archeology, as I am, this site is a must-see.
Written March 6, 2022
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Dr. Savage
57 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Great place we used mundo clutral travel and they took car of everything for us. We saw this the museum both were really cool. So much great history in Trujillo Peru we loved every minute.
Written April 25, 2021
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,739 contributions
Jan 2020
Chan Chan (literally sun sun) was the largest city of the pre-Columbian era in South America. It was probably constructed around 850 AD. The archaeological site covers an area of ​​approximately 20 square kilometers. The central area is formed by a Pull Stone Island Homme set of 10 walled enclosures (called "citadels"). We visited just one of these citadels.
It was the Chimor empire capital city with an estimated population of 40,000–60,000 people. After the Inca conquered the Chimú around 1470 AD, Chan Chan fell into decline.
We visited as part of a tour from the Holland America ship, Volendam.
Highly recommended.
Written March 27, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,823 contributions
Mar 2020
Liked the museum more than the archeological adobe site. The latter is extensive and rather exposed to sun and dust. Moreover it is difficult to imagine which purpose each structure served. The museum gives you a better idea of how people lived during pre Hispanic (and even pre Inca) times. Pelicans, fish, llama, but also hairless dogs are often depicted on pottery. The maquettes of the towns also give you an impression of how life evolved. Images of indigenous people are impressive as well.

Admission 10 Soles (valid for four sites, of which only two can be easily reached).
I walked from Turjillo to the sites, but the regular (frequent) bus to Huanchaco also stops at the museum and at the adobe site. It costs 1.5 Sol (one way).
Written March 5, 2020
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gread2016
Castlegar, Canada232 contributions
Nov 2019
Ancient ruins uncovered in Peru and very interesting. Unfortunately the government does not have the money to carry on with the excavation of these sites but that have great value
Written February 1, 2020
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johnlanebooks j
London, UK133 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The appeal of this intriguing archaeological site has not eroded since my last visit 20 years ago. Very well presented and preserved, excellent museum and a 10 minute video that is nothing short of outstanding (do not miss). Just one downside: the relentless onslaught of the touts, guides and taxi drivers is unattractive to the point of dishonesty. Resist-ignore and enjoy.
Written January 19, 2020
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Luisa V
Bogota, Colombia19 contributions
Jan 2020
Wear a hat and sunblock. The visit is mostly outdoors, and the sun and wind are strong. The size of the city and buildings is impressive.
Written January 4, 2020
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