Chan Chan

Trip Start Sep 11, 2008
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Trip End Jan 03, 2009


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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Chan Chan is a huge site near Trujillo.  It covers 18 square kms and is the remains of a huge city built by the Chimu culture (existed at same time as Sican - still havenīt worked out if they are the same).  The city was constructed of adobe bricks, which were then covered over and all kinds of motifs carved into the smooth surface, most of which represent fish, birds and other aspects of their coastal life such as fishing nets and waves.

There were temples, burial sites, huge open plazas, artesian wells, residential areas etc.  only a fraction of the site is open to the public, but you still a get a sense of how enormous this place must have been.  Itīs thought that about 30,000 people lived here until they were conquered by the incas in about 1450.

Because itīs made of mud, the city has been badly eroded over time by rains, especially the heavy rains that come with El Nino, which occurs in this region about every 10 years, and is expected to return in a couple of years time, so there is a lot of work going on trying to protect the remains from this, such as covering the original walls with boards onto which exact copies of the carvings etc have been adhered.
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