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Peru: ancient cultures in Trujillo

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Though not specifically planned, it turns out that I am chronologically following various ancient Peruvian cultures; from Moche (100-800AD) to Chimú (900-1470AD) to the Inca empire (1438-1533AD).

Day 6&7, Trujillo

After arriving in Trujillo, roughly 800km north of Lima, and having explored the city, I visited two ancient sites just out of the city. First on the list were Huaca del Sol y de la Luna (Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon), two adobe brick temples built by the Moche civilization, very impressive! (pictures below 😉 )

Since both sites are so close by (roughly 9km apart, ‘just’ 2 hours with local buses 😉 ), I was able to visit the second site on the same day; Chan Chan build by the Chimú culture, which is the largest adobe city in the world. (adobe is a natural building material made from sand, clay, water, and some kind of fibrous or organic material like sticks, straw, and/or manure). Less ‘arty’ compared to the Moche’s Huaca del Sol y de la Luna, yet still impressive to see. Glad that I visited this place, which is not ‘typical’ for most tourists coming to Peru.

And now, it’s pictures-time!! 😉

First Trujillo city centre:






Moche culture in Huaca del Sol y de la Luna:








Chimú culture in Chan Chan:







QOTD September 4 2013

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Lisa Williams: “The only way to last a really long time is to build something useful enough that people will want to keep it going after you die, and to cultivate a sense of ownership in other people. In short: make good shit and give it away as fast as you can.”