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  • Address: Trujillo, Peru
  • Admission: $4 (included with Chan Chan)

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Temple of the Dragon (Huaco el Dragon) Tours

Though not nearly as expansive as the Chan Chan complex or as famous as Huaca de la Luna, Huaca el Dragon (also referred to as “Huaca Arco Iris”, or “Rainbow Temple”), is a well preserved Chimu temple in the Trujillo suburb of La Esperanza. Constructed of adobe and in somewhat of a pyramid shape, the temple is festooned in well-restored friezes of rainbows, people, and dragons. 

Due to the presence of the rainbow carvings, scholars believe the temple was a tribute to fertility, as the rains represented by the arced bows are a life-giving resource here in the coastal desert. There is also evidence that the walls were once painted such as those found at Huaca de la Luna, although erosion from rains and centuries of looting have left the walls with only a hint of yellow glow. More of a prelude to the larger temple complexes, the Huaca el Dragon is still a worthwhile stop on a temple tour of Trujillo.

Practical Info

Huaca el Dragon is located 2.5 miles outside of Trujillo in the La Esperanza suburb. Entrance to Huaca el Dragon is included with the $4 entrance fee to Chan Chan, and you can reach the temple via public bus (there is a drop off in front of the temple) or by private tour group or taxi.

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Archeological Tour from Trujillo: Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple, ... 
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Archeological Tour from Trujillo: Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

See Trujillo’s most important archeological sites on one big day trip that includes temples from both the Moche and Chimú cultures. Start at the Temple of ...  Read more

Location: Trujillo, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.00
Trujillo Combo Tour: Temple of the Dragon, Chan Chan and Huanchaco, Trujillo, Archaeology Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Trujillo Combo Tour: Temple of the Dragon, Chan Chan and Huanchaco

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Visit two Chimú archeological sites and the coastal village of Huanchaco on this combo tour from Trujillo with a knowledgeable guide. Start at the Temple ...  Read more

Location: Trujillo, Peru
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.00
Private Combo Tour: Trujillo Sightseeing, Archeology Museum, Temples of the Sun and Moon, Huanchaco ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Combo Tour: Trujillo Sightseeing, Archeology Museum, Temples of the Sun and Moon, Huanchaco and Chan Chan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

If you’re looking for the ultimate combination of Trujillo city sights and surrounding archeological attractions, this is it. In one activity- and ...  Read more

Location: Trujillo, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.50

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