Archaeology Highlights of Trujillo
This full-day combination tour offers travelers an extensive look at the culture, lifestyles, and history of Peru. You’ll tour the city of Trujillo and the UNT Museum, the Arco Iris Temple (El Dragon), the archeological complex of Chan Chan, and the fishing village of Huanchaco.
up to 10 days in advance
- Duration: 8 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 9:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Free cancellation up to 10 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Trujillo flourished during the Spanish colonial era. Sugarcane farms boomed and helped finance impressive churches and large houses. As you explore Trujillo, you’ll see colorful colonial mansions and well preserved cathedrals. The craftsmanship and architecture of these structures is spectacular.
While here you’ll also visit the University of Trujillo’s Museum of Archeology and History. The museum has exhibits on Peruvian culture and history, and is a fantastic place to learn about ancient Peruvian civilizations. The university is also helping excavate the temple of Huaca de La Luna and has many objects from this site on display.
At the Arcos Iris Temple, also known as El Dragon, you’ll see a structure that was built by the Chimú people around A.D. 1200. The adobe temple has two platforms that are adorned with carved motifs and niches used to store ritual objects. Local legends describe this temple as being the home of Takaynamo, the mythical man who founded Chan Chan.
Chan Chan is the largest pre-Columbian adobe city in America and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimú empire, which stretched from Chancay (near Lima) to Tumbes. During its heyday, Chan Chan was an elaborate city with high walls, courtyards, gardens, and terraces. Around 30,000–60,000 people are thought to have lived here.
Finally, your tour will visit Huanchaco, and ancient fishing village where you can still watch local fishermen fish in the same way they have for hundreds of years. The fishermen use traditional reed rafts called “Caballitos de Tórtora” to go out into the ocean and fish.
Attractions VisitedChan Chan
Chan Chan is the huge abandoned capital of the Chimú civilization. Set just outside Trujillo on the North Coast of Peru, Chan Chan is the largest adobe city in the world.
A beautiful and relaxed beach town close to Trujillo and many historical sites, Huanchaco has enough charm to be a destination of its own: with vibrant boulevards, traditional reed fishing boats, and surfing culture, it’s the perfect choice for an entertaining day at the beach. Now an International Surfing Reserve, one of only five in the world, Huanchaco is a popular vacation spot where visitors and locals share the water and waves for surfing, swimming or fishing.
What to Bring
Camera, comfortable clothes/shoes, and sunscreen.
Transportation, guide, lunch and entrance fees.
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