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

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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.
  • Day trip from Trujillo to surrounding archeological sites
  • Visit the Temples of Moche — the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon (Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna)
  • Admire the detailed adobe friezes at the Temple of the Dragon
  • See the famous boats known as caballitos de totora in the beach town of Huanchaco
  • Explore Chan Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimú civilization
  • Learn about the historical, cultural and religious significance of all the sites from a knowledgeable guide
  • Lunch and round-trip transport from Trujillo included
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Lunch
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Tour departs from most centrally located Trujillo hotels.
Please Note: This service doesn't include pick up in private residencies, example; Airbnb, Cruise port.
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

9:00 AM
After hotel pickup in Trujillo, relax during the short drive to your first destination in an air-conditioned minivan. Arrive at the ancient site of the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon, collectively known as the Temples of Moche, and set out to discover the fascinating past of the structures. Learn about the precise architecture and unlikely construction materials used; admire the intricate friezes that decorate the walls; and gain insight into the ceremonial functions of the colossal buildings. 

Next, venture to the fearsome Temple of the Dragon to immerse yourself in the captivating customs of the Chimu civilization; admire the pyramid’s detailed depictions of deities before returning to the minivan to travel to the next site. 

Take a curvaceous coastal road to the provincial village of Huanchaco, a fishing pueblo famed for its idyllic seaside situation and traditional fishing boats. Learn about the cultural significance of these unique sea vessels then feast upon home cooked regional specialties in an authentic restaurant. Sample sublime seafood and sip refreshing beverages during your meal. 

Revitalized, head to the enormous archeological site of Chan Chan, declared the largest ancient city in South America. As the former center of Chimu politics and commerce, the 7-square-mile (18-sq-km) site boasts shrines, cemeteries, ceremonial plazas and reservoirs. Tour all of the significant features with your guide, discovering architectural precision and delving deeper into its ancient history. 

Digest your newfound knowledge during to return journey to your Trujillo hotel, where your tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
La Huaca del Sol
Your day trip from Trujillo starts with hotel pickup for the 15-minute drive south of town to the Temple of the Sun (Huaca del Sol) and Temple of the Moon (Huaca de la Luna), collectively known as the Temples of Moche (Huacas de Moche). When you arrive, you'll learn about the Moche people, the civilization that inhabited northern Peru from the 1st to 8th centuries and built the two temples you have come to see. Explore the site with your guide, enjoying close-up views of both temples and learning about their history and significance. Built out of adobe brick, both the Sun and Moon temples played important roles in the life of the Moche; archeologists think that the stepped Temple of the Sun was used for administrative and military purposes, while the terraced Temple of the Moon provided religious and ceremonial functions. Admire the impressive frescoes that adorn the walls of the Temple of the Moon, and marvel at the size of the Temple of the Sun, which is the bigger of the two.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Huaca Arco-Iris or Huaca El Dragon
Next, continue your day trip to Huaco el Dragon, the Temple of the Dragon, also known as Huaco del Arco Iris, or Temple of the Rainbow. As you enter the site, you’ll be transitioning from the Moche to the Chimú, a civilization that developed in northern Peru around 900 AD, after the Moche died out, and inhabited the region until the Incas came in the 1400s. With your guide, admire the adobe pyramid’s intricate frieze detailing before leaving for your next destination, Huanchaco, about a 20-minute drive west.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Playa de Huanchaco
Located on the coast, Huanchaco is a fishing village and beach town known for its caballitos de totora (little reed horses), small boats made out of reed that have been used by fishermen in Peru for 3,000 years. Learn about their interesting history from your guide (there is some debate that these tiny watercraft — ridden like a horse — constituted the first form of riding waves, aka surfing), and then have lunch at a local seafood restaurant.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chan Chan
After lunch, head to your last stop of the day, the former Chimú capital of Chan Chan. This World Heritage-listed ancient city is South America’s largest pre-Columbian city and was the center of Chimú politics and culture from approximately 900 to 1470, when it was conquered by the Incan Empire. Tour the 7-square-mile (18-sq-km) archeological site with your guide, checking out its shrines, cemeteries, barns, reservoirs and ceremonial plazas. Learn about its structure of adobe brick and mud; marvel at its expansive, walled design; and visit the Nik-An Palace, a complex that features ceremonial courtyards and walls adorned with friezes. Your day trip ends with hotel drop-off in Trujillo.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Viajes Pacifico

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple.

Traveler Tips


  • "The temple of the sun is not open to the public." See review

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Amazing ruins
Garrad
, Mar 2020
I loved this tour. We had a very knowledgeable guide, Jose, who took us around the amazing temple of the moon. It was almost empty. I'm surprised there weren't more tourists. The wall decorations are just I really wasn't expecting it to be so good. The temple of the sun is not open to the public. The museum was good though I don't understand the need to ban all photography. It seems like overkill. We stopped at a small workshop making the pottery. The temple of the dragon was great but very small. Lunch was surprisingly good at Huanchaco with a view over the ocean. Finally we visited Chan Chan. The site is enormous so you only see one small part which is open to the public. It is so beautiful. The designs are as beautiful today as they would have been 1000 years ago. Unfortunately some of the areas are closed to the public which is a real shame since I think they need to keep creating a buzz for this place.
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The guide was punctual...
Leo M
, Dec 2017
The guide was punctual, enthusiastic, well-informed and her English was excellent. The various sites were amazing, and a very interesting contrast to the better-known Inca ruins.
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Do not do this combined tour! A...
Keith V
, Dec 2017
Do not do this combined tour! A waste of your money! This was a very expensive package and we do not feel that we got our moneys worth. The morning started with a visit to a local vendor to quickly learn how pottery is made and then we were taken to his onsite gift shop before leaving the property. When we arrived our guide had to bang the gate several times while shouting his name to get his attention we think he was still asleep when we arrived. Considering we spent the day visiting ruins made with clay bricks it would have been more interesting to watch the other vendor that we noticed at the back of the same property actually making clay bricks as opposed to the vendor telling us how pottery is made. Definitely seeing Temple of the Moon and Sun which you do not actually visit and Chan Chan were hi-lights. The description for the standalone tour to the temples indicates that both temples will be visited, but when everything is combined as the Archeological Tour we only got to visit the Temple of the Moon and then view the Temple of the Sun from a distance. Temple of the Dragon was a disappointment as we were only there for 10 minutes and then left. Not much to see as part of it is closed due to the rains earlier in the year and there was a lot of driving required to get to this site. Lunch in Huanchaco was excellent! However, the tour guide provided us with a customer satisfaction survey at lunch and then watched as we completed it and then read it as we sat there. Very uncomfortable and we were not given an opportunity to provide our honest feedback. We saw the beach and were shown the reed boats quickly with little to no explanation as to their history/historical importance. Very basic information provided at most of the sites including the museum we could have read the same information ourselves. Not a lot of value added information provided by the guide. Very disappointed!!!
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This tour was fabulous! We added...
lise
, Feb 2017
This tour was fabulous! We added Trujillo to our travel plans because we'd read about Chan Chan and wanted to include it in our list of ruins, but this tour added some other ruins that were truly spectacular. The temple of the moon is really something, you can see original painting on the parts of the temple walls that have been exposed and it's just incredible. Our guide was great, he took us around the museums and explained a lot more about the artifacts than was available in the Cusco museums. He took photos for us the restaurant we went to for lunch was much better than we expected. Henry made recommendations for items on the menu that were quite tasty. This tour is worth adding to a trip to Peru.
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Absolutely worth the effort if you are...
Leonie M
, Feb 2016
Absolutely worth the effort if you are truly interested in pre- colombian history
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You gave us a lousy guide who merely...
Tamara S. E
, Sep 2015
You gave us a lousy guide who merely repeated the information we could read at the site by ourselves. This was a very expensive taxi ride!
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Muito bom
danieltmenezes
, Aug 2019
O templo da Lua é impressionante. Além disso o guia foi muito instrutivo não apenas nos templos como no museu. O tour inclui uma parada para almoço de frente para o mar e os preparados podem arriscar molgar os pés nas aguas do Pacífico

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