Chan Chan, Huanchaco Bay & the Dragon Temple

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This half-day tour will begin at the Chan Chan, the world’s largest adobe city and former capital of the Chimu empire, who flourished from 900 AD until their defeat by the Inca in 1470. The desert-like conditions of this area of the Moche Valley means the city is remarkably well-preserved and you will have a full tour of the site with your expert guide. Next stop is Huanchaco, a somewhat ramshackle seaside town 12 kilometres outside Trujillo but a great place to see the traditional reed boats that date back to the Moche era. They are still constructed and used by the locals here in a manner unchanged for many hundreds of years. Your final visit is to Huaca del Dragon (the ‘Dragon Temple’), a pre-Inca site best-known for the elaborate carvings and friezes etched into its adobe wall.

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