Chan Chan


Chan Chan

This full day tour contains all the impressive highlights around the city of Trujillo.

The famous Temples of the Sun and the Moon (Huaca del Sol y de la Luna) are ancient Moche pyramids that were used for ceremonial purposes. Furthermore, you can see the World Heritage Site of Chan Chan in the Moche valley, considered the largest adobe settlement in the Americas. It is believed to have been built by the Chimú culture. In the Chimú tongue, Quingnam, Chan Chan means "Sun Sun", due to the sunny climate in the region.

Close to the site of Chan Chan we find another interesting religious monument: the Huaca Arco Iris or Huaca del Dragón (Temple of the Rainbow or Dragon), a ceremonial centre with ancient murals decorated with impressive figures.

The Huanchaco beach was an important port for the Moche and Chimú cultures of the region. It is furthermore said to be the birthplace of the Peruvian national dish "Ceviche".


Pick-up in the morning in Trujillo. We start out with the visit of the famous Huaca Arco Iris (Huaca Dragón) and the Huaca Esmeralda. Afterwards, we get an insight to the site of Chan Chan in the official museum (closed on Mondays) and also visit the Nik Ann Palace on the site. We then continue to the beautiful beach of Huanchaco, where you will have 1h approx. to have lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the settlements of the ancient Moche civilisation as well as the Moche museum. The tour ends with the visit of the famous Temple of the Sun and the Moon. There will be some time to look at the beautiful handicraft in the style of the ancient Moche, after which we return to Trujillo.

Departs: at around 9:40am at your accommodation or other central place in the city centre of Trujillo.

Returns: at around 6:00pm at your accommodation or other central place in the city centre of Trujillo.


Chan Chan
Chan Chan
Chan Chan

Practical Information

Leaving: Tuesday through Sunday
Transport: Tourist bus
Duration: ca. 8h
Price: Contact us
Others: Please note that all itineraries are subject to change. All public museums are closed on Mondays in northern Peru.

Bring With You
  • Day Pack
  • Good Shoes
  • Rain Jacket or a Poncho
  • Hat or Cap to protect you from the sun or the cold
  • Sun Block
  • Water and Snacks
  • Camera
  • Pick-up at your accommodation and return
  • Transfer to all visited sites
  • Entrance to all visited sites
  • Professional guide (English / Spanish)
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Tip for your guide
Additional Options:
  • There is also a half day tour to Chan Chan in the afternoons. Contact us about this option.
  • Optional: Shows of the Marinera Dance and El Paso Horses - Contact us to add this extra option.

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