La Huaca del Sol, Moche

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Take a tour of not only pre-Columbian, but also pre-Incan history at La Huaca del Sol. Built by the Moche culture, which flourished between the 2nd and 8th century CE, these two huacas (often translated as pyramids), had outstanding ceremonial and religious importance. Many scientists believe that the larger of two was the largest man-made structure in South America before the arrival of the Europeans. Today, the smaller remains better preserved, exposed less to looting and the elements. Complete your visit to the huacas by stopping at the adjacent museum, which displays a collection of historical artifacts--here you can learn the traditional Moche painting techniques. Add La Huaca del Sol and other attractions to your Moche trip itinerary using our Moche tour itinerary tool.
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  • We visited this area as part of our "Archaeological Trujillo" tour from the Holland Americ Volendam. The Huaca del Sol is an adobe brick temple built by the Moche civilization (100 CE to 800 CE) on...  more »
  • We stopped here based on local recommendations and found an excellent museum in addition to the temple ruins. The museum, with signs in both Spanish and English, has an astounding display of Moche...  more »
  • It was great to see these ruins and learn about the Moche culture, the museum was nice also
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