Chan Chan

Chan Chan, Trujillo

Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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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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Dr. Savage
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Wonderful History
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, Canada7,303 contributions
Wonderful Pre-historic site
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 Netherlands2,630 contributions
Hairless dogs
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, Canada231 contributions
Chan Chan
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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John L
London, UK132 contributions
Fascinating
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
Size did matter to the Chimú people
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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Evelynne G
Melbourne, Australia888 contributions
Amazing Archaeological Murals many areas are intact
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is worth seeing as many Murals in areas of the walls
are intact with visible colors in some areas
The history is fascinating and the ruins that have been uncovered are somewhat protected with roofs
These walls are over 1000 years old and well worth seeing
with a guide unless you have read up about the history
Written December 30, 2019
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NewYorkHeather
New York96 contributions
Interesting Archeology Site.
Dec 2019
Well worth the excursion. Huge and very hot in the afternoon. Try to get there in the morn in order to maximize your viewing. This is a photo of the mummies fro the culture.
Written December 23, 2019
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Marco F
3 contributions
Boring
Nov 2019 • Solo
The trip was good but boring, only you can see some walls and one place was located in the middle of the city, that was boring. You have to pay tickets and all places in Chan Chan. It's better the beach of huanchaco.
Written November 21, 2019
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davidq598
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This is a great Place to Visit if you are in the North of Peru , well worth the Visit
Jan 2019
This is a great place to go if you are in the north of Peru , often overlooked by 95% of tourists who Visit the south of Peru and Mainly Cusco and Machu Picchu .
Written November 13, 2019
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