"The Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon)" Peru Things to Do Tip by Paul2001
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The Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) near Trujillo is one of the most important archeological sites in North Peru. It was built by the Moche people around 500 A.D. The temple consists of five levels of interconnected patios. In the various patios there are many interesting and well preserved friezes depicting the fearsome anthropomorphic figure Ai-Apaek surrounded by various animal figures representing spirits. The temple was used ritual and ceremonial centre where human sacrifices were made. The remains of 42 sacrifical victims have been found here. The whole structure was made of adobe blocks. Each patio or room within the site is connected by either a long platform or steep staircase. This will make the visit difficult for some but I thought that it was worth the trouble. The site is still being excavated so it will be interesting to see what artifacts will be found in the future.
I visited the Huaca de la Luna on a small bus tour arranged in Trujillo. I found that this was helpful in appreciating the history and origin of the place as my tour guide was very enthusiatic. The site is open daily from 9am to 4pm. Admission cost is S/10
Directions: 5km south of Trujillo
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