Visit Trujillo & Chiclayo
Trujillo, the capital of La Libertad department, is the third-largest city in Peru. The Moche and Chimu, two pre-Inca cultures, had great influence in this area. Specially the Moche culture left a great architectural legacy as an expression of art, power and prestige of one of the biggest cultural developments of ancient Peru, comparable with the great civilizations of the world.(200-800 AD).
The city itself has an attractive colonial city centre and around town there are some very interesting archaeological sites such as the Chimu mud-city of Chan Chan, a monumental adobe complex of royal palaces covering more than 52 sq. km (20 sq. miles).
Also it is fascinating to visit the Temples of the Moon and Sun (Huacas del Sol y de la Luna), built by the Moche culture around A.D. 500. The beaches of Huanchaco, half an hour’s drive from Trujillo, are ideal for a spot of relaxation. Local fishermen still catch fish here with reed boats (totora), just as they did long, long ago. Also a visit to “El Brujo complex” and the “Museum of lady of Cao” is a “must” in your visit to this area; both sites are testimony of the greatness of the Moche culture.
The city of Chiclayo itself may not have much to offer, but the region is most well
known for their archaeological sites and treasures, such as Sipan, Túcume, Batán Grande and Huaca Rajada.
A vist to the Sipan Lord museum, consider by some archaeologists one of the most important archaeological discoveries in South America in the last 30 years, as the main tomb was found intact and untouched by thieves.
By 2007, fourteen tombs had been located and identified at Huaca Rajada. Also the area of Tucume and the Witches market will be an unforgettable experience.