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Top Archaeological Sites in Trujillo

Top Archaeological Sites in Trujillo

The desert valley surrounding Trujillo was once the territory of the Moche and Chimú people. Pre-Inca ruins in the region provide insight into these fascinating early civilizations, from their spiritual beliefs to city planning practices. See below for our top picks of archaeological sites in and around Trujillo. 

Chan Chan

The largest and perhaps most significant archaeological site in Trujillo, the ancient adobe city of Chan Chan was built by the Chimú people and was active between the mid-ninth and 15th century. At its height, around 60,000 people lived here, and its rulers are thought to have been fabulously wealthy, with large reserves of gold, silver, and precious materials. Visitors can wander a portion of the site and view ceremonial courtyards, frieze-covered walls, and other ancient structures. 

Temples of Moche

These two adobe temples—the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon—predate Chan Chan by several centuries. Built with around 140 million adobe bricks, the Temple of the Sun would have been an imposing sight, though only parts of it have survived to the present day. The smaller of the two temples, the Temple of the Moon, was most likely used for ceremonial purposes and features some of the colorful wall friezes the Moche people are known for producing. 

The Temple of the Dragon

Situated near Chan Chan and believed to have been constructed between the 10th and 11th century, this adobe pyramid is adorned with wall reliefs depicting human, animal, and anthropomorphic creatures. Look out for the dragon relief, after which the temple is named. 

El Brujo

Located north of Trujillo, this archaeological site features remains from the Sicán, Chimú, and Moche cultures. Among the star finds to have been uncovered at El Brujo are Moche murals and the Lady of Cao, a mummy discovered in 2006. The mummy, as well as various objects that were buried with her, can be seen at the on-site museum. 

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

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

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

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Set out from Trujillo on a few-hour tour combining incredible archaeological sites with a trip to a popular beachside village. Your adventure begins with a visit to the Temple of the Dragon, known for its amazingly detailed friezes. Then spend some time exploring Chan Chan, the one-time capital of Peru's Chimú civilization. An expert guide provides details on the history and significance of this intriguing site along the way. Your final stop is Huanchaco, a coastal town known for its caballitos de totora, or fishing boats.
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  • 3 hours
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El Brujo Archaeological Site & Lady of Cao Complex

El Brujo Archaeological Site & Lady of Cao Complex

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Delve into the history of Peru's ancient Moche people during a private tour of the El Brujo Archaeological Complex. Set out from Trujillo to this incredible site, where you'll get to see ancient ruins from the 1st to 8th centuries—the time with the Moche civilization thrived . Marvel at the site's three intricately decorated temples and explore its museum, where the recently excavated mummy 'Lady of Cao' is on display.
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  • 5 hours
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Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon Tour from Trujillo

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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  • 3 hours
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US$36.70
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3-Day Empires of the North, Mochicas & Chimus (Chiclayo & Trujillo)

3-Day Empires of the North, Mochicas & Chimus (Chiclayo & Trujillo)

Peru may be known for its Inca heritage, but the country was also home to many fascinating pre-Incan peoples. Explore their history and cultures on a guided 3-day archeological tour from Chiclayo to Trujillo. Delve into the ancient worlds of the Sicán, Chimú, and Moche civilizations with visits to Huaca Rajada (1987 excavation site of the Lord of Sipán mummy ) the Valley of the Pryamids, the former Chimú captial of Chan Chan and much more. Choose from a variety of budget-friendly lodgings to further enchance this multi-day trip.
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