Chan Chan

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The largest Pre-Columbian city in South America, Chan Chan is an archaeological site and World Heritage Site.

The capital of Peru’s largest pre-Inca empire, it is now reduced to 20 square kilometers (4,940 acres) of eroded adobe.

It is located in the Peruvian region of La Libertad, five km west of Trujillo.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Nydia´s Trujillo City Hostel

Conveniently located only 5 blocks from the main square, Nydia´s Trujillo City Hostel offers accommodations in Trujillo. Free WiFi access is available and guests are served a complimentary breakfast. Average score from 108 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$18

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Trujillo Apartment El Sol de los Pinos

Set in Trujillo, this apartment is 1.6 km from Trujillo National University. The property is 2.2 km from Archeology Museum and private parking is featured. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$36

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Hostal Raymi

Hostal Raymi offers accommodation in Trujillo. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain units include views of the garden or city. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 6.1/10.

$30

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Huanchaco Surf Camp

Set in Huanchaco, 11 km from Trujillo, Huanchaco Surf Camp features an outdoor pool and views of the sea. Some units have a seating area where you can relax. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Average score from 177 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$5

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The Zanabria´s Apartment

The Zanabria´s Apartment is an apartment situated in Trujillo, 600 metres from Trujillo National University. Providing private parking, the apartment is 600 metres from Chan Chan Huaca Esmeralda. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Average score from 88 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$28

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Casa Andina Private Collection Trujillo

Casa Andina Private Collection Trujillo

Featuring a complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool and a spa and wellness centre, Casa Andina Private Collection Trujillo offers accommodations in Trujillo. Average score from 499 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$74

 
$749.1
Hotel Libertador Trujillo

Hotel Libertador Trujillo

Located on a privileged corner of Plaza de Armas main square and offering views of historic buildings from the colonial era, Hotel Libertador Trujillo provides accommodation in Trujillo. Average score from 364 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$85 - $250

 
$859.1
Hotel Torre Norte

Hotel Torre Norte

Only 7 blocks from Trujillo historic centre, Hotel Torre Norte offers stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi and plasma TVs. Breakfast and free parking are provided. The Beach area is a 20-minute drive away. Average score from 34 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$31 - $98

 
$318.7
Hotel El Gran Marqués

Hotel El Gran Marqués

Hotel El Gran Marqués is 300 metres from Estadio Mansiche. It features an outdoor pool area and has spacious accommodations with free WiFi and cable TV. Guests Hotel El Gran Marqués stay in modern decorated rooms with private bathrooms. Average score from 340 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$60 - $260

 
$608.5
Arvo Hotel Boutique

Arvo Hotel Boutique

Located in Trujillo, 900 metres from Gran Chimú Coliseum, Arvo Hotel Boutique features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 39 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$45

 
$458.4
Caballito de Totora

Caballito de Totora

Located in Huanchaco in the La Libertad Region, 11 km from Trujillo, Caballito de Totora features a seasonal outdoor pool and terrace. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$49

 
$498.2
Hotel Recreo

Hotel Recreo

Conveniently located 500 metres from the main square, Hotel Recreo offers accommodations in Trujillo. Free WiFi access is available and guests are served a complimentary breakfast daily. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$36

$368.0
Hotel El Sombrero

Hotel El Sombrero

Hotel El Sombrero is located in Huanchaco, 11 km from Trujillo. The hotel has a terrace and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$50

 
$508.0
Huanchaco Hostal

Huanchaco Hostal

Situated in Huanchaco in the La Libertad Region, 11 km from Trujillo, Huanchaco Hostal boasts a year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$42

$427.9
Hotel Los Conquistadores

Hotel Los Conquistadores

Featuring free Wi-Fi and free parking, Hotel Los Conquistadores is located 1 block from Plaza Mayor Square, and has a restaurant that serves international and regional cuisine. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$85 - $135

$857.8
Trujillo El Golf Apartments

Trujillo El Golf Apartments

Located a 15-minute drive from the Trujillo Airport, El Golf Apartments offers fully-furnished apartments in Trujillo. Free WiFi and cable TV access is available and guests are offered an optional daily breakfast daily. Average score from 59 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$50

 
$507.6
Hotel Country Trujillo

Hotel Country Trujillo

Hotel Country Trujillo is located in Las Delicias. In front of the hotel you will find Trujillo Golf & Country Club. A buffet breakfast, a snack bar, and free Wi-Fi access are available for guests to enjoy. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$64

$647.6
Hotel Libertad

Hotel Libertad

Featuring free WiFi, Libertad Huanchaco offers accommodation in Huanchaco, just 30 metres from the beach. Trujillo is 11 km away. Free private parking is available on site. Bed linen is offered. The nearest airport is Cap. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 7.1/10.

$45

$457.1
Mochican Palace Hotel

Mochican Palace Hotel

Featuring an outdoor heated pool, a hydromassage tub, a furnished terrace with a bar, and an a la carte regional restaurant, Mochican Palace Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast in Huanchaco. The beach is a few steps away. Average score from 98 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$45

 
$457.0
Hotel Le Mans

Hotel Le Mans

Located 1 km from the main square and 8 km from Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport, Hotel Le Mans offers free Wi-Fi and 24-hour front desk assistance in Trujillo. Free transfers from the airport are provided. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 6.8/10.

$32

$326.8
Hotel Presidente Trujillo

Hotel Presidente Trujillo

Located in Trujillo, 100 metres from Chan Chan Mud City, Hotel Presidente Trujillo features free WiFi access and free private parking. Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 6.8/10.

$43

$436.8
Hostal Los Heraldos de la Merced

Hostal Los Heraldos de la Merced

Comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi are offered in a quiet area of Trujillo, 20 km from Huanchaco town, the popular surfing destination. Carlos Martinez de Pirillos International Airport is 16 km away. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$31 - $65

$31-

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Cultural
Unusual Local Feature

Monumental Ancient Urban Design

The city has ten walled citadels which housed ceremonial rooms, burial chambers, temples, reservoirs and residences. It is triangular, surrounded by 50–60 foot walls. There are no enclosures opening north. The tallest walls shelter against south-westerly winds from the coast. North-facing walls have the greatest sun exposure, serving to block wind and absorb sunlight where fog is frequent. The numerous walls throughout the city create a labyrinth of passages.
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Archeological Sites
Chan Chan was constructed by the Chimor (the kingdom of the Chimú), a late intermediate period civilization which grew out of the remnants of the Moche civilization. The adobe city of Chan Chan, the largest in the world, was built around AD 850 and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in AD 1470. It was the imperial capital where 30,000 people lived. The city was abandoned in the 1470s, when Chan Chan was overrun by the army of Inca general Túpac Yupanqui.

The walls are adobe brick covered with a smooth surface into which intricate designs are carved. There are two styles of carving design: one a realistic representation of subjects such as birds, fish, and small mammals, the other a more graphic, stylized representation of the same subjects. The carvings at Chan Chan depict crabs, turtles, and nets for catching sea monsters.

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