Museo Huacas de Moche
Museo Huacas de Moche
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The Moche Route follows the most important cultures that settled in Northern Peru between the years 100 and 900 A.D. Important archaeological finds, such as the discovery of the lavish tomb of the Lord of Sipan, the Lady of Cao mummy and the mural paintings in the El Brujo Archaeological Complex, display the splendour of one of the most creative and successful cultures of the pre-Hispanic world.
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Dr. Savage
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
Great museum lols of cool things to look at and see loads of history. It’s not the biggest but definitely one of the nicer ones in Trujillo definitely worth a look. If you need a good tour guide agency use Mundo travel. They are fair, good and honest.
Written April 25, 2021
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mjolk
Houston, TX50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
I had visited these site last back in 2001, fast forward to 2018 and the site is more developed/excavated, bigger, better and much more interesting. What I did not like so much is that the city has reached the site and what used to be fields is now housing. The site itself is now staffed with volunteers that guide you (mandatory); notice the word volunteers, they are basically given some money for lunch and transportation and depend on tips -please give generously! Guides tours can be in Spanish or English and would even do a group of one. While many of the tourist vendors will sell you a "tour", basically is to get you there and back. What you want to do is hire a taxi (your hotel staff will get you one) to get you there and wait for you. You do not want to rush and be able to ask lots of questions (even after I have been there twice I had plenty of questions as new murals have been now put on display and theories as to what those mean and what/why people lived here evolve. I want to mention that guides seem well knowledgeable of current theories and state of the site. The one we had spoke very good English and explain in detail the different areas, murals, etc We took about 4 hours total (at the site). A tour company will whisk you out of there in 1 hour. Make time to visit the museum, it is 100% worth it to best understand the site and what went on. I had heard that many of the artifacts here came from the Museo de Sitio at Chan-Chan which is now "indefinitely" closed (a Peruvian thing meaning it will not open again).
I'm not going to spoil your visit so will not touch in the various things to see; prepare to be awed. Pictures are allowed at the site but not at the museum, though the site has well defined paths and you can get close enough to almost touch things. Guides will help you in not touching, these structures are adobe bricks (basically mud) and fragile.
Bring cash, entrance is 15 soles (about 5 dollars US) for both museum and site, site only is 10. Again, worth visiting the museum.
Also, notice that while most of the murals are original, some have been restored (at least partially). Your guide can tell you which is which. Next to each mural there is a large pic showing how it look originally, though most are well preserved and you can easily see details. This is a must see.
One last item: it is possible to get there with public transportation...but I wouldn't. Will take too long and there is a level of risk involved. I am quite familiar with the country and speak Spanish very well, but not worth especially time-wise
Written December 19, 2018
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RainforestCruises
Lima, Peru342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Business
Dating back to the Moche culture, the temple of the moon is a spectacularly preserved archeological site near Trujillo, in the north of Peru.

Colorful frescoes have been unearthed in incredible detail. The scenes depict a culture dedicated to war, and which frequently executed captives. Definitely worth a visit.

Rainforest Cruises
Written June 11, 2012
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barbgmk
Trujillo, Peru12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
The history of this place is amazing. The decoration, paintings and stories will enthral you. Some of the links in the paintings to the world today are uncanny. If you are into history or even if you are not, this place is well worth a visit.
Written January 15, 2019
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LarryM708
Roseville, CA441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
This museum, and the projects around this archaeological complex, are associated with Universidad Nacional de Trujillo. And the association gives this museum a polish and professionalism that is rewarding to see.

Since the Huaca de la Luna itself majors in the very large - large building levels, large murals, large everything - it's nice to see some of the small objects from this site and cultural horizon.

And if you can, take in the nearby ceramics artist who is using the Moche techniques to create two-part-molded objects in the old-fashioned manner. He even welcomes you with a LONG blast on his pututu*!!

*Conch-shell horn.
Written June 30, 2016
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KLSArchaeologist
Brisbane, Australia291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
The museum is great value for money, and being so close to the archaeological site it is one not to miss if you are already there. Amazing week preserved pottery, descriptions in Spanish and English. The cactus garden outside is fantastic.
Written December 11, 2014
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Suzanne T
Oaxaca, Mexico403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Even if you've been to the Larco, this is a totally different experience of Moche art. The presentation and displays are beautiful and the explanations about Moche iconography are very helpful. Second visit and I hope to return for a 3rd.
Written September 26, 2019
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Vermontsteve
Whitehouse, OH175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
They have a nice modern museum with a wonderful guide to give you the history Museo Huacas de Moche. Be ready for a good walk up the hill to the ruin. It sure is a must place to visit
Written July 23, 2019
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Ronald L
Denver, CO2,952 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Guy, from SalaverryTours.com, offered us a tour. 14-person van to Moches Ruins,
Trujillo town square and Chan Chan for $20 pp. We have to pay for museum and ruins at Moches at $5 per adult, guide free. At Chan Chan you pay for guide. Our English speaking guide charged $20 for six persons. Regis was our driver today. Tour from 0930 to 1400. Great job and very economical. NOTE: When you get off the ship in Salaverry you have to take shuttle to port gate. Few cabs there, but not many. Better to catch Salaverry Tour vans when you walk off the ship for best tour. Pan-Am Highway into Trujillo. Many Tuk Tuks. Museo Huacas de Moche and Archeological complex Huacas del Sol y La Luna. Costs $5 per adult to get into both with free guide to tour the Moon excavation area. Great time line chart in the museum showing when
different cultures were active in Peru. This particular complex active 100 to 800 AD. City of 20,000 people buried under the sand between the sun and moon. Started moon excavation in 1991 and opened to public in 1995 Used to be wall all the way up to Mount Blanca, which towers over the Moon by 900 feet.
Written March 13, 2019
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amy T
Socorro, NM135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Very interesting. We took taxi from Trujillo and had him wait while we were at site. Stopped at museum for tickets (15 soles), that gets you into museum and huaca. Taxi driver waited as we saw museum first, then drove us the 1/4 mile to huaca entrance. Waited while we toured. Excellent guide in English (no charge but we did tip).
Think we over paid for taxi but well worth 100 soles for drive and wait. Total 3 hours
Written October 22, 2018
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