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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.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

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

See the famous totora reed boats in Huanchaco

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.

Customer Reviews

Leonie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Absolutely worth the effort if you are truly interested in pre- colombian history

Tamara S. E

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 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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