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“Great site; great tour company” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chan Chan

Chan Chan
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Private Combo Tour: Trujillo Sightseeing, Archeology Museum, Temples of the Sun...
Ranked #3 of 56 things to do in Trujillo
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Owner description: 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.
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great site; great tour company”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

Just returned from a full day tour to the Temple of the Moon, Temple of the Sun, and Chan Chan.
It's actually hard to believe that these sites aren't better known, since we found all of them among the most extraordinary architectural ruins we have had the privilege of visiting.

We arrived on the ship this morning. Having been "less than diligent" we didn't start looking for a tour company until yesterday evening. Thankfully, we found TrujilloDelPeru. Four of us spent about five and half hours with a superb provided at a price about half of what the ship would have charged us. They arrived on time, the guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and unlike many even "private" Tours, he didn't have a fixed agenda but seemed to respond to all of our interests and requests. None of that "don't you want to go to the shopping mall so I can get commission" approach we seen so frequently.

We were really hoping that they would be a TOURS section so we could post this. However, even if using another company, Chan Chan and the temples are not to be missed!

Visited November 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A palace built with mud bricks.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

The roof has long gone but the palace still has rooms. It stretches over 800 metres and parts where used for special occassions, and when a King died his part or Palace was sealed off and a new one built. This area has history we didn't even know existed,

Visited November 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A lot of sand”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

There is not much left of Chan Chan. Most of the sand buildings are gone, some walls remain and some of it is protected. Better to find some decent pictures online. That's all's it worth now.

Visited November 2012
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Greer, South Carolina
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“Worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

When we first talked about the visit to Peru, I was only thinking Inca ruins, but these come before that. To see the way the people lived in time was really interesting. They were much more civilized than I would have expected. This entire area is well worth visiting. I am sorry I didn't have time to visit El Brujo, but we were able to visit this site and Huaka la Luna in one morning.

Visited September 2012
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Berkeley, California
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“History in mud bricks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

The Chimu Empire built these complexes of courtyards, temples, and living quarters out of mud bricks, which are slowly melting away. Well worth seeing to try to understand a culture that flourished in this desert 800 years ago. Admission price includes a guide, whise use is not obligatory, but very helpful in making sense of the complex (and finding your way back out of the labyrinth)

Visited September 2012
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