Mooching with the Moches!
Trip Start May 10, 2009
48Trip End Nov 02, 2009
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The recomendation is to stay in a small beach town just outside Trujillo, called Huanchaco. We got a cab over that way and proceeded to analyze the comfortableness of the hammocks available for the remainder of the day and also spent some time with the pet tortoises!
Trujillo is an important stop for us to explore one last bit of Peruvian history and culture before we leave. Even though we know nothing can be more impressive (to us) than the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, we want to see anyway.
The main attraction is the Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon) which are PRE-Inca ruins, dating back to 100-800AD. We have heard them described as pyramids of dust. Whoever said that obviously never went inside...
Ugly as they are, they date back over 2000 years and this is proved in the paintings etc found inside the Temple. In danger of being extinct they are now protected by the government and a breeding pair apparently has to be at every national monument...so there they are!
So, once we had successfully navigated a wide circumference around the welcome comittee to avoid skin on skin contact we enter the temples and are pleasantly surprised, Amazed actually! The original artwork and carvings still exists in some places and everything has been well preserved by the sand. Although its partially less spectacular because of the masses of scafolding etc in place, this is there to keep wind and sun off the old bricks to prevent it eroding away and also because archiologists are still working at it, uncovering more and more every day, so scafolding and tarps is totally acceptable.
The next stop is the Chan Chan city which was the ancient Chimu city. This was the Pre-Inca, Post-Moche civilisation. We explored 1 temple (of which there are many) which was 11 hectares big! Again, loads of impressive carvings in the wall all telling a story - mostly about fishing and the sea.
After that it was back to Huanchaco for a beautiful sunset before bundling back onto a night bus and heading further up the coast to Mancora for a few days of R&R (we are still stiff and sore from the manual labour!)
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