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Set out from Trujillo on a few-hour tour combining incredible archaeological sites with a trip to a popular beachside village. Your adventure begins with a visit to the Temple of the Dragon, known for its amazingly detailed friezes. Then spend some time exploring Chan Chan, the one-time capital of Peru's Chimú civilization. An expert guide provides details on the history and significance of this intriguing site along the way. Your final stop is Huanchaco, a coastal town known for its caballitos de totora, or fishing boats.
After hotel pickup in Trujillo, your tour starts at Huaco el Dragon, the Temple of the Dragon — also known as Huaco del Arco Iris, or Temple of the Rainbow — just a 10-minute drive from central Trujillo. Built for religious and ceremonial purposes by the Chimú people, who lived in northern Peru from about 900 AD to the 1400s, the adobe pyramid is known for its intricate frieze murals. With your guide, walk around the temple and learn a bit about the history of and theories behind the site — the temple features carvings of a dragon (hence its name), and it’s believed that the temple was used during rituals to honor the rainbow (hence its other name). Continue your tour to your next site, the former Chimú capital of Chan Chan. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest pre-Columbian city in South America and was the center of Chimú culture and politics from approximately 900 to 1470, when the Incan Empire arrived and conquered the city. Explore the 7-square-mile (18-sq-km) archeological site with your guide, touring its array of shrines, cemeteries, reservoirs and ceremonial plazas. Learn about its structure — made from adobe brick and mud — and marvel at its expansive, walled design. You’ll visit one of the main features, Nik-An Palace, a complex that features ceremonial courtyards and walls adorned with friezes. Next, head about 15 minutes to Huanchaco, 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 Peruvian fisherman for 3,000 years. While you admire their interesting design, hear about their history and modern-day use from your guide. our tour ends with hotel drop-off in Trujillo.
English speaking guide
Travel personal insurance
Meals and personal expenses
All our departures are from/to your hotel. If you wish to start or end your tour from different place, you can pre-arrange this in advance.
Departures are everyday at 09:00am and 12:00md. This tour is 100% flexible, if you wish to changes your travel dates, just let us know in advance
3 hours approximate
A minimum of 2 people is required for this tour
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, a full payment will be required via PayPal. Once we got your Payment you will received your confirmation travel voucher.
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