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Chan Chan, Trujillo

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Must see · World heritage site · Historic Site · Ruin
Gain a sense of life in pre-Columbian South America by visiting Chan Chan, a World Heritage Site and one of the continent's prime archeological gems. Founded in the year 850 CE by the Chimu people, the city served as the capital of the Chimor Empire until it was conquered by the Incas in the late 15th century. At its peak, over 50,000 people lived here, making it the largest settlement on the whole South American continent. You can see the restored plazas, walls, and decorated chambers, as well as remains of the once complex irrigation system--all of which will give you an image of a highly developed urban center. Unless you're already familiar with the history of the site, try to join one of the guided tours, available in both English and Spanish. Plan to visit Chan Chan during your Trujillo vacation using our convenient Trujillo trip planner.
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  • Chan Chan (literally sun sun) was the largest city of the pre-Columbian era in South America. It was probably constructed around 850 AD. The archaeological site covers an area of ​​approximately 20...  more »
  • Liked the museum more than the archeological adobe site. The latter is extensive and rather exposed to sun and dust. Moreover it is difficult to imagine which purpose each structure served. The...  more »
  • This site is quite impressive with all of the carvings and the amount of wall that has been left. Love their use of animals in their carvings, especially the squirrels and pelicans.
  • Incredible place. Do know that a lot of the designs are renovated. Maritza is a phenomenal guide!
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