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Oct 1, 2008 - Random beach camp...

Was on cook duty this morning but Tracy pretty much did everything for us so was an easy morning. We headed to the Chan Chan ruins which were quite impressive! Quite a maze really. After that we had a couple of hours at a shopping mall which felt very surreal really coming from the ruins 10 mins before. After lunch we had a 4 hour drive to our bushcamp for tonight. When Brendan took a turning that took us to a really narrow tunnel we all thought we'd taken a wrong turning but it led us to a beautiful cove where we were to camp for the...

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Bridget's Trip!

Apr 26, 2008 - Lima to Huanacho: Chan Chan and the Moche pyramids.

We set off up the Pan-American highway to the small fishing village of Huanacho. The landscape along this coast is awful. First there is the smell. It is like tuna that has gone off from all the fisheries and chemical plants. Then there is the sea fret a deep fog that floats inland all up this coast. There is no rain due to the humbolt current which means there is lots of sand. The land itself has been dug out for minerals and gravel and just left it looks desolate and neglected. Then there is the rubbish tons and tons of black plastic...

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Apr 23, 2008 - Hauca del Sol & Chan Chan

Wednesday 23rd April – We took an all day tour. First stop was Huaca (pyramid) del Sol and Huaca del Luna. These are one of the most important urban-ceremonial centres of pre-Inca society. The Moche culture developed between 100 and 800 AD, before Chimu and Chan Chan. The Huaca del Sol is thought to be the largest adobe building in the world. Pretty difficult to take pictures because of its size. When getting to Chan Chan which covers 14 square kms, it becomes even more difficult to capture the scale. You could spend days here rather than...

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Jun 7, 2007 - Chan Chan

If you sleep on airplanes and buses for a few nights, it's amazing how wonderful a bed feels! We all slept like logs and had a hard time getting up when the alarm went off at 8am. We decided to try the small cafe next door for breakfast as they were advertising "organic coffee". We weren't sure what that was going to mean, but yesterday's coffee had been less than stellar. The Otro Cosa is a funky little place advocating fair trade crafts, organic foods and local fare. We had a great breakfast of muesli, nuts, yogurt and fresh fruits with...

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Perusing Peru

Jun 26, 2006 - Chan Chan

Chan Chan: Chan Chan er en meget imponerende ruin, levn fra Chumi indianernes hovedstad. Chumi kulturen levede ca. fra aar 850 - 1500. Herefter blev byen erobret af inkaerne og senere kom spaniolerne til. Chumiernes rige stragte sig fra Lima i syd til Ecudor i nord, og fra kysten og ind til bjergene. Bredden af denne straekning varierer meget, fra 3-4 km til 15-20 km vil jeg gaette paa. Chan Chan var chumiernes hovedstad og fyldte i udbredelse saa meget som 20 km2 hvoraf der idag er ruiner paa ca 14 km - mange dog meget forfaldne hvor kun...

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Jan 1, 2006 - New Years Day

After the party of the night before we got up in time to spend New Years Day on the beach with what seemed like everyone else in Peru. By the time we left at 4pm it was literally shoulder to shoulder. Hungry and sick of eating sand from the passing hoards we headed to the main strip for some beers and cebiche. None was to be found however as everyone else in Trujillo had got there first. Really nice way to see in 2006. Can't give high enough praise to Huanchaco and the very friendly people up here in the North who can't get over my...

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Dec 31, 2005 - Chan Chan and last day of 2005

A morning of Chimu culture sightseeing in the form of the Chan Chan ruins. We met up with a dude in our hostel who wanted to check out the ruins too and went to the Tschudi complex the only restored part of the massive Chan Chan ruins. The sight is another adobe structure where mud bricks and mortar create huge walls which blend into the natural surroundings. A fascinating place where water cults seemed to have been in force as reliefs carved into the walls depict fish, pelicans and fishing nets. A huge structure complete with funerary...

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Oct 5, 2005 - Huachoco

This is a cultural part to the trip... Visited Chan Chan which is a mud-brick city built by the Chimu tribe. (Chi = moon) This "city" was so well planned and organised, but they moved to a new one each time the top man died, so there are 9 cities in this area of which this one is the only one in a state to be seen at the moment. The next excavated ruins were Huanca de la Luna, where the Moche people lived prior to the Chimu (who were directly before the Incas). Instead of moving to a new city following each death they just built a new one...

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Jun 23, 2005 - What a find!!!!

We found an awesome hostal and an oasis in the desert. Not part of any of our plans, we didn't even know they existed, we explored the worlds of two pre-Incan civilizations, the Moche and the Chimu (and the Chimu citadel of Chan Chan). It was amazing. People are still excavating the Moche pyramids and we were there to watch and see there amazingly preserved 1500 year old art. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! -K It was so refreshing to see something different. The city of Trujillo would fit perfectly in the middle east. We first discovered the Moche...

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May 10, 2005 - Huanchaco, near Trujillo

Arrived here last night after a great couple of days in Lima and then saying goodbye to Ernesto, for the second time in 6 years! I don't really like Lima but he's from there so I got to see the better bits, especially our ceviche eating in the central market. After a difficult goodbye at the bus station (he was off to the airport heading for Canada), I jumped on a night bus to Trujillo, a colonial city 8 hours north, and a good base for visiting the archaelogical ruins of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world, dating back to...

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