Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple


8 hours (Approx.)
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 9
Mobile ticket

Overview

See Trujillo’s most important archeological sites on one big day trip that includes temples from both the Moche and Chimú cultures. Start at the Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon, which together make up the site known as the Temples of Moche. Then see the Temple of the Dragon (aka Temple of the Rainbow), and visit the coastal town of Huanchaco for lunch. Finally, experience the biggest ancient city in South America — Chan Chan — a UNESCO World Heritage site. During it all, learn about the history and cultural significance of these sites from an experienced guide.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - La Huaca del Sol
  • Entry/Admission - Huaca Arco-Iris or Huaca El Dragon

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: La Huaca del Sol, Carretera Campina de Moche, Moche 13600 Peru

Your day trip from Trujillo starts with hotel pickup for the 15-minute drive south of town to the Temple of the Sun (Huaca del Sol) and Temple of the Moon (Huaca de la Luna), collectively known as the Temples of Moche (Huacas de Moche).

When you arrive, you'll learn about the Moche people, the civilization that inhabited northern Peru from the 1st to 8th centuries and built the two temples you have come to see. Explore the site with your guide, enjoying close-up views of both temples and learning about their history and significance.

Built out of adobe brick, both the Sun and Moon temples played important roles in the life of the Moche; archeologists think that the stepped Temple of the Sun was used for administrative and military purposes, while the terraced Temple of the Moon provided religious and ceremonial functions. Admire the impressive frescoes that adorn the walls of the Temple of the Moon, and marvel at the size of the Temple of the Sun, which is the bigger of the two.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Huaca Arco-Iris or Huaca El Dragon, Chan Chan, Trujillo Peru

Next, continue your day trip to Huaco el Dragon, the Temple of the Dragon, also known as Huaco del Arco Iris, or Temple of the Rainbow. As you enter the site, you’ll be transitioning from the Moche to the Chimú, a civilization that developed in northern Peru around 900 AD, after the Moche died out, and inhabited the region until the Incas came in the 1400s. With your guide, admire the adobe pyramid’s intricate frieze detailing before leaving for your next destination, Huanchaco, about a 20-minute drive west.

Stop At: Playa de Huanchaco, Avenida Costanera, Huanchaco 13000 Peru

Located on the coast, Huanchaco is a fishing village and beach town known for its caballitos de totora (little reed horses), small boats made out of reed that have been used by fishermen in Peru for 3, 000 years. Learn about their interesting history from your guide (there is some debate that these tiny watercraft — ridden like a horse — constituted the first form of riding waves, aka surfing), and then have lunch at a local seafood restaurant.

Stop At: Chan Chan, Trujillo Peru

After lunch, head to your last stop of the day, the former Chimú capital of Chan Chan. This World Heritage-listed ancient city is South America’s largest pre-Columbian city and was the center of Chimú politics and culture from approximately 900 to 1470, when it was conquered by the Incan Empire. Tour the 7-square-mile (18-sq-km) archeological site with your guide, checking out its shrines, cemeteries, barns, reservoirs and ceremonial plazas. Learn about its structure of adobe brick and mud; marvel at its expansive, walled design; and visit the Nik-An Palace, a complex that features ceremonial courtyards and walls adorned with friezes.

Your day trip ends with hotel drop-off in Trujillo.

Time of tour

09:00 AM

Meeting point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Tour departs from most centrally located Trujillo hotels.
Please Note: This service doesn't include pick up in private residencies, example; Airbnb, Cruise port.
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • We suggest arriving in Peru with antibacterial gel for personal use.

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Tamara S. E
September 2015

You gave us a lousy guide who merely repeated the information we could read at the site by ourselves. This was a very expensive taxi ride!

Daniel_M
August 2019

O templo da Lua é impressionante. Além disso o guia foi muito instrutivo não apenas nos templos como no museu. O tour inclui uma parada para almoço de frente para o mar e os preparados podem arriscar molgar os pés nas aguas do Pacífico

Garrad_W
March 2020

I loved this tour. We had a very knowledgeable guide, Jose, who took us around the amazing temple of the moon. It was almost empty. I'm surprised there weren't more tourists. The wall decorations are just I really wasn't expecting it to be so good. The temple of the sun is not open to the public...

christineineden
February 2018

This is a dry area and the structures created by inhabitants of this area are amazing. However, they have been somewhat degraded by time and weather. Interesting to see but not up there with some other ruins -- say Machu Picchu.

Leo M
December 2017

The guide was punctual, enthusiastic, well-informed and her English was excellent. The various sites were amazing, and a very interesting contrast to the better-known Inca ruins.

Keith V
December 2017

Do not do this combined tour! A waste of your money! This was a very expensive package and we do not feel that we got our moneys worth.

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