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El Brujo

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Address: Near Magdalena de Cao | Valle de Chicama, Trujillo, Peru
Phone Number: 6114343
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Private Tour: El Brujo Archeological Complex
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Moche Site on the Coast

We visited this site on our way to Trujillo by driving on dirt roads through miles of sugarcane fields, but it's worth the trip. The whole site is rather large with several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2016
Chelsea42
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Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We visited this site on our way to Trujillo by driving on dirt roads through miles of sugarcane fields, but it's worth the trip. The whole site is rather large with several pyramids and a museum where you can see the mummified Lady of Cao, a female Moche ruler.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

What a find. Although it is a good distance (60kms) from Trujillo, it is well worth it. Quite a few pyramid structures but the main one adjacent to the museum contains lovely reliefs and also the tomb of the Senora de Cao. All of her funerary objects and her mummy are on display in the museum. A worthwhile visit

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Linkoping, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Isolated but worth to visit if you are interested in pre-Inca and especially the Moche culture. The museum has a well preserved mummy and jewelleries.

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Travellee3
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

I must admit that of all the Moche sites I saw in Northern Peru, I appreciated this one the best due to location, location, location. It is perched on a hillside directly next to the ocean. Great site, great view and breeze. And as it was a bit warm, the breeze felt really good. It was a fascinating site where... More 

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West Middlesex, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

From the top of the ruins you can see the sea on one side and to the other side are fields of sugar cane. We had a guide who explained everything to us, but each point of the pathway had signs in English as well as Spanish so you could do this tour on your own. The museum had beautiful... More 

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Osoyoos, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

Did a day tour here from our hostel with a guide. Definitely worth every penny, really enjoyed it, little bit of a drive out but if you have a tour going that's cheap it's worth it. It cost us 40 soles each to do it with 8 peoples. With a guide it really explained everything perfect. Then after we toured... More 

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Cusco, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

While not as impressive or beautiful as either the Temple de la Luna or Chan Chan, this is still in interesting site to visit as it does have murals and some interesting history, it is also the site where they discovered the Senora de Cao, a woman that held a high position of power in the Moche culture. The discovery... More 

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South Daytona, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

The significance of this site cannot be overestimated - fo one, the Lady of Cao strongly suggests an equal power sharing between men and women as the Lady was at the highest level of rule. Get a guide - we suggest Maritza from Colonial Tours close to the Plaza de Armes. We asked for a private tour without the usual... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Very well preserved thanks to the Fudacion Weise. The murals are fantastic and the views from the pyramids superb. Get a good guide

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Fort Worth, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Long drive from Trujillo for a rather small site. It is interesting but should be down on you "to visit" list. Day I visited the guide would not let us get too close to anything! Not a lot in print about the site yet so much of the information is verbal. Site still under study.

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