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Temples of Moche (Huacas del Sol y de la Luna) Tours

Temples of Moche (Huacas del Sol y de la Luna)
The Temples de Moche (Huacas de Moche), are Trujillo’s two most important sites that date to the Moche Empire. It’s hard to enough to fathom that civilizations existed here over 2,000 years ago, and even harder to fathom how some of their artwork has miraculously managed to remain. 

At the Huaca de la Luna—Temple of the Moon—archaeologists are still uncovering frescoes which were thankfully missed by looters. Many of the paintings depict the deity Ayapec, whose snarling face and animated teeth are found on everything from ceramics to walls. It’s also believed that Huaca de Luna was a site of human sacrifice, and diggers have unearthed dozens of remains that suggest torture, warfare, and sacrifice.  Given the murals and the human remains, it’s highly likely that the Huaca de Luna was a site of religious importance, and walking the corridors of the temple today is as enchanting as it is surreal. 

Across the dusty Moche Valley, the Huaca del Sol—Temple of the Sun—rises 135 feet from the desert and is comprised of over 50 million bricks. It’s officially classified as the world’s largest adobe structure, although due to heavy looting by the Spanish and damage from El Niño rains, the temple hasn’t been excavated as heavily and is closed to the general public.

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The Huacas de Moche are located 2.5 miles outside of the city of Trujillo, and entrance tickets are $4, including an English-speaking guide. Much of the tour of Huaca de la Luna is inside of the temple, and temperatures in the summer months of January-March can reach upwards of 85 degrees when inside. There is also a small museum which adjoins the temple and offers gifts, ceramics, and more information on the ancient Moche culture.
Address: Moche, Peru
Hours: Daily 9am-4pm
Admission: $4
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Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon Tour from TrujilloHalf-day Tours

Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon Tour from Trujillo

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Tour Peru's Huacas de Moche or Temples of Moche: two towering ancient temples once belonging to the country's Moche civilization. Your 2.5-hour guided visit from Trujillo begins with an exploration of the archaeological site's Temple of the Sun, a stepped pyramid likely used for business and military, and continues on to the Temple of the Moon, the Moche's spiritual center. Moche artifacts are also on display. Both private and group tours are available.
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Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple

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Visit Trujillo’s most significant archeological site on a cultural full-day tour of the area’s most atmospheric and astounding ruins. Explore the sacred structures of the Temples of Moche; feast upon local specialties in the coastal town of Huanchaco; and discover South America’s biggest ancient city at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chan Chan. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, enrich your historical knowledge of the region on this exciting archeological excursion.
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After working for over two years with different Cruise Ship Lines providing tours, we decided to offer a customize experience that will fit from your arrival time to your departure time (specially made for Cruise Ship travelers) We are able to customize a group or private tour experience including all the main archeological sites accordingly to your available time in our Home town. Because learning about other cultures shouldn't be expensive!!!
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You will meet 2 great pre-Inca cultures. Moche Culture and Chimu Culture. Both developed in different periods and left a great cultural legacy to society.
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Our Tour to the Huaca del Sol y la Luna in the Moche Valley takes you to know the fascinating Mochica world. Explore with our local guide the inside of the pyramid of the moon and admire its mysterious friezes. Meet Aia-Paec, the enigmatic God Moche, also known as the decapitador. Additionally, we visited a pottery workshop, where Moche descendants make faithful copies of ancient pottery.
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You will meet a Moche artisan family, whose work maintains the traditions inherited from their ancestors. Then you get panoramic visit to the Huaca del Sol, you will explore the Huaca de la Luna, the one that most impresses with its conservation and study level. Follow your visit to the 'Huaca Dragon' or 'Huaca Arco Iris', belonging to the Chimu culture. It is a prominent religious monument and ceremonial and administrative centre, built with adobe and whose murals are decorated with friezes showing anthropomorphic figures and representing the rainbow. Continue your walk or through Huanchaco, one of Trujillo's most traditional beaches and famous for totora horses. There you will enjoy a delicious lunch with local flavour. Finally, you will arrive at Chan Chan; the impressive mud city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Considered the capital of the Chimu culture.
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Tour to the Sun and Moon temples and Huacas de Moche museumHalf-day Tours

Tour to the Sun and Moon temples and Huacas de Moche museum

Excursion to the south of Trujillo to visit a religious center of the Mochica culture, built in the fifth century. Admire the temples of the Sun and the Moon that constituted the center of the ancient Moche culture, which developed between 100 AD and 900 AD. Both huacas are separated by 500meters, where the urban center that housed the Moche elite is still preserved underground. The archeological complex includes two large pyramids, the Huaca Las Estrellas, Huaca del Cerro Blanco, the Spider geoglyph and other buildings. Also visit the workshop of a traditional artisans Moche family and the Huacas de Moche Museum, which complements the visit of the huacas with its representation of aspects of life, city and environment of the Moche culture.Its collection of ceramics of great beauty and symbolism clearly stand out.
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Tour to the Sun and Moon temples and Huacas de Moche museum - PrivateHalf-day Tours

Tour to the Sun and Moon temples and Huacas de Moche museum - Private

Excursion to the south of Trujillo to visit a religious center of the Mochica culture, built in the fifth century. Admire the temples of the Sun and the Moon that constituted the center of the ancient Moche culture, which developed between 100 AD and 900 AD. Both huacas are separated by 500meters, where the urban center that housed the Moche elite is still preserved underground. The archeological complex includes two large pyramids, the Huaca Las Estrellas, Huaca del Cerro Blanco, the Spider geoglyph and other buildings. Also visit the workshop of a traditional artisans Moche family and the Huacas de Moche Museum, which complements the visit of the huacas with its representation of aspects of life, city and environment of the Moche culture.Its collection of ceramics of great beauty and symbolism clearly stand out.
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Temples of Moche (Huacas del Sol y de la Luna) hours of operation: Daily 9am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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