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Apr 7, 2005 - Trujillo and Chan Chan - the capital of the Chimu empire - Chan Chan meaning "Sun Sun,"

Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimu kingdom, the chief state in Peru before the establishment of the Inca Empire. The Chimu kingdom reached the height of its power in the fifteenth century, not long before falling under the Incas. The planning of this huge city, the biggest in pre-Colombian America, reflects an elaborate system of social-class stratification. The center of the city is divided into nine walled "citadels," each constructed out of adobe brick finished with mud, and each containing temples, cemeteries, gardens, reservoirs...

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Apr 3, 2005 - Chan Chan ruins and the Temple of the Moon

The next morning we said our good byes to Jen and left her in Lima as we headed onto Huanchaco. It was a boring all day drive, but we stopped at a place with a beautiful view onto a bay for some lunch. The night was pretty quiet, with a quick cheap dinner and then an early night watching TV in bed. The next day we went to see the Chan Chan ruins to see the remains of the pre-Inca city. It was ok, but our guide was really boring and uninspiring!! After lunch we went to see the Temple of the Moon, which was a bit more interesting as you got...

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Jan 30, 2005 - Trujillo and The National Marinera Contest!

I stayed at Hostal del Clara, owned by Michael White and Clara Bravo. Michael, originally from England, moved to Trujillo sixteen years ago to marry Clara and has been studying here ever since. Both very knowledgable, they guide many tours in and around Trujillo for a very reasonable price. On Friday, Rasmus and I (a young man who studies medicine in Germany) toured the Moche pyramids, the Huaca del Sol and the Huaca de la Luna, south of Trujillo. The Huaca del Sol, which was the largest man-made structure in the western hemisphere until...

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Jan 20, 2005 - Et tu Trujillo?

Actually, the title of my entry means nothing, but I felt that I needed something catchy to draw many of you in! I left Chiclayo with mixed feelings..the town sucks...but the people I met were so hospitable!... I took another awful bus ride down here lasting 3 hours...i've seen so few ┬Ęgringos┬Ęthat when i sat near some, I decided to say hi..it was a mother daughter team from...France! After some weak conversation, we realized that we were going to the same town, Huanchaco, a beach town 7 miles away from Trujillo, and that we would travel...

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Jan 9, 2005 - Peru, Trujillo

30-12-04 / 02-01-05 With my trip to Trujillo I have left the gringo trail. I see hardly any tourists in Trujillo, and the central square has no bars, restaurants, etc. The Plaza Las Armas is crowded with people, and the trees are all decorated for Christmas. The next day I wake up with the thought that I want celebrate Christmas alone, and see...in a shop I met a dutch couple who had been on the excursion to Salustani. We decide to spend the evening together. I take my excursion to the temple of the sun and the moon, remains of the Moche...

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Nov 7, 2004 - Huanchaco, Temple of the Sun and the Moon

Huanchaco, site of the famous Temples of the Sun and the Moon. Built by the mysterious Chmu sometime in the past, we had read great things about them. After the hedonism of Mancora it was time to return to a more culturally-appreciative behavioural mode so we made the trip down the coast to see for ourselves. The temples are made of mud bricks, which as any aspiring religious cult leader knows is not nearly as impressive as stone. And sure enough, El Nino had flooded the place regularly over the centuries making for a less than impressive...

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