Trujillo, Peru
8° 7' S 79° 1' W
Aug 08, 2004 02:24
Distance 348km

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Trujillo and Huaca del Sol y de la Luna

I decided to stay two days in Trujillo because I wanted to see a few more ruins and I still had to see some more parts of attractive Trujillo.

Despite the fact that I had seen a few ruins the previous day I was still in the mood for a few other ones. There were nice Moche temples nearby according to my travel bible. The Moche temples predate the Chimu temple Chan Chan by 700 years and are the largest pre-Colombian structures in the county. 140 million adobe bricks were used in the Huaca del Sol temple. It had the shape of a pyramid and is really impressive although it looks more like a huge pile of sand, fitting in with its environment, the very barren coastal desert.

The Huaca de la Luna, 500 meters away, has been better preserved as it had been covered by another temple. Massive excavation projects are done at this one and some friezes and other structures have been restaured and cleaned up. There were 6 layers on the pyramid and it contains many geometrical patterns.

Entrance was 10 Soles again but I did not see any indication of price discrimnation and a guide was included which I dismissed. I just overheard some other guides when I wanted to. I can not listen to a boring guide for more than 10 minutes haha. The entrance fe did not really compare well to the one I paid yesterday which gave me access to four different sites, but it was also not expensive of course. The ruins were about 10 kilometers south east of Trujillo and the route to the site was through incredibly poor suburbs and over a road no other tourist would ever find I guess.

Back in Trujillo I had a few hours left to see the city. The Plaza de Armas in Trujillo must be the most beautiful in the country. Really nice, colourfull, clean and full with people on a sunday. Of course the cathedral was there and all other important buildings, but it looked picture perfect. A couple of more churches and nice calm and clean streets. Trujillo has been nice to me so far. Tomorrow only a bus terminal expedition of five or six to find the right one for buses in the direction I want to travel and then I am off, south again!


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