From Chiclayo we took a 3 and a half hour bus to the bustling city of Trujillo. Despite it’s size the centre has a town feel about it with pretty colonial buildings and a main pedestrianized road. The place felt safe both during the day and at night, and there are plenty of places to eat around the centre.
Our main reason for visiting Trujillo was the Chan Chan archaeological site and Huacas del Sol and de la Luna. We had booked ourselves in for 3 nights with the intention of seeing both, but unfortunately I was not feeling well for the first 2 days and as such we only had time for Chan Chan.
Nevertheless the Chan Chan site is very impressive as it spans across the coastline and encompasses around 28 sq km. This former city is now mainly in ruins expect for the palace which seemed to be undergoing restoration. To get to Chan Chan take a collectivo marked Huanchaco and asked to be dropped off by the entrance, the price is around 1 sol per person.
Our luck was against us when we went as the museum was closed, apparently this is the case every Monday. So we headed straight to the site. From the main road it is about a half an hour’s walk to the palace’s entrance and where you can buy your ticket. Entrance is 10 soles per person, however this is valid for 2 days and also allows you entry to the nearby sites of Huaca el Dragon or also known as Huaca el Arco and Huaca la Esmeralda as well as the museum.
From the entrance you can choose to take a guide or simply follow the marked path. We opted for the latter and made our way around the beautiful site, in total we spent about 2 hours slowly walking through the various areas including; the main plaza, corridor of fish and birds, the ceremonial chamber, the audience rooms, the ceremonial well and the burial grounds.