"TRUJILLO: CHAN CHAN" Peru Things to Do Tip by swesn

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Chan Chan is a must-see. It is apparently the largest adobe city in the world from the Chimu culture. It exists from around 1200 to 1400AD, before the Incas conquered them. Unlike the Incas where the sun was the most important god, the Chimus worshipped the god of the moon, the sea, the land and the stars.

As the culture is mainly sea-faring and fish-eating due to the proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the walls are highly decorated with unusual stylised motifs of sea creatuers like fish and sea lions, and the criss-crossing 'diamond' designs of the chunky walls represent nets used for fishing, which was very important to the Chimu culture.

There are 9-m perimeter walls that surround sacred enclosures with just one entrance that is quite narrow. Good for defence. There are storerooms where they used to store agricultural goods, a huge well that still contain water, canals, houses, temples, etc...

The only place you can really visit is the restored Palacio (Palace) Tschudi. It is quite huge and quite fascinating, although you can feel a tinge of sadness when you observe that the walls are very dilapidated and crumbling.

Imagine, these are all mud walls. With the strange weather phenonenom caused by 'El Nino', there are more rains in this era and they threaten to destroy this amazing imperial city.

Directions: 5km from Trujillo. There are minibuses that come here from Trujillo. Best to ask the Tourist Information or the locals where to wait for the minibuses.

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  • Written Dec 24, 2007
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