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Huanchaco and the Chan Chan pre Inca village

Arriving to Huanchaco from the cold Huaraz was really nice, we didn´t need fleece jackets or waterproofs.

Huanchaco is primarily a beach resort which attracts a fair number of mixed ability surfers.

The beach is ok, clean but has a few bigish rocks which the surfers need to avoid.

Huanchaco beach front.
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Over looking the town is an impressive church, which turned out to rather plain on the inside.
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Further out of town is the sacred hill " Cerro de la Virgen" a smallish hill with a finely painted icon nestling in a small recess in the rocks.

Cerro De La Virgen
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The outskirts of Huanchaco are really quite run down with mud built single story houses, it reminded us of the middle east rather than South America.

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Just 5 km out from Huanchaco is the pre ince village of Chan Chan, a tribal group called the Chimu settled here and constructed this huge mud walled complex, the complex has lasted from 11 A.D TO 1450 A.D when the all conquering Inca incorporatede the Chimu into their society.

The Chimu complex is really huge, we only saw a snippet of this very impressive site.

Chan Chan, the ornate mud walls were relly impressive and the sheer scale and size of the place was quite amazing, we thought Chan Chan was probably more impressive than Machu Pichuu !!

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Due to problems involving a certain Ecuador air carrier and a few hopeless UK banks we spent more time e-mail these idiots and trying to speak to them from Huanchacos only Locoturio ( international pay phone ) so we never got to explore the Chimu Museum of the Sol and lUna mud pyramids on the outskirst of Trujillo.

So the blog for Huanchaco is rather brief.

Next stop will probably be Ecuador, Guayaquil and more wasted time talking to the TAME Airline to resolve our expensive and ongoing dispute..

Posted by malnlinda 12:13

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