Explore the latest discoveries in Peruvian archeology on this tour. You’ll visit the Sun and Moon Huacas and the Huacas de Moche Museum.
- 3 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
The Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun) and Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) were built during the Moche empire (A.D. 100–800). These huge adobe mounds rise from the desert 5 miles (8 km) south of Trujillo.
The tour begins with a visit to the Huacas de Moche Museum. A local guide will take you around the museum and explain various aspects of Moche culture. You’ll appreciate the artifacts, tombs, utensils, and ceramics that are on display in this museum.
Next, you’ll visit the Sun and Moon temples. Huaca de la Luna was used as a religious complex, while Huaca del Sol was likely an administrative center. This area was the center of power on the northern coast of Peru during Moche times. Every century the Moche sealed the bodies of dead rulers into the huaca and then covered the platform with a new platform—this is how, over 700 years, the temple evolved into a large stepped pyramid with as many as eight levels.
The top of Huaca de La Luna offers awesome views of Huaca del Sol, which is considered one of the world’s largest adobe structures.
Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.
Similar things to do
This private transfer from Trujillo to Chiclayo includes a stop at the El Brujo Complex, a Moche pyramid that once housed Peru's most famous mummy, the so-called Lady of Cao.