Pyramids, temples and geoglyphs in Peru
Visit the temples of the Sun and Moon at the Mochica archaeological site on the northern coast of Peru. The Temple of the Stars and the White Hill Temple pyramids are also located here, along with the renowned spider geoglyph perched on the hillside nearby. The mysterious Mochica culture was centered here from AD 100 to 900.
The Moche Temples cover an area of 148 acres and are separated by an esplanade 500 yards wide, under which lies the urban center where the Moche élite lived. The Mochica era ended because El Niño brought tropical rains and floods to the northern coast of Peru.
The sights of Trujillo
Next you’ll head to the city of Trujillo. Your first stop will be at the main square. Beautiful colonial buildings found here include the cathedral, City Hall, the offices of the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, and the beautiful houses of the patrician families, as well as the Hotel El Libertador.
Visit the colonial house of the Urquiaga family—aristocrat farmers whose social status dates back to the early days of the Republic. Colorfully painted, the house features meticulously crafted wrought iron window shutters as well as enormous patios and living rooms that define opulence.
The beauty of Huanchaco
In sharp contrast, the picturesque fishing village of Huanchaco offers a chance to see the famous caballitos de totora. These "little reed horses" are a type of high-prow boat that the local fishermen essentially ride like horses over the crest of each wave. They have been used by Peruvian fishermen for millennia and seem to work quite handily despite their rather insubstantial appearance.
Taste delicious Peruvian food at a local restaurant before you visit the citadel of Chan Chan—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the stunning ancient capital of the ancient Chimu Empire with unbelievably sophisticated utility systems. You will see the Tschudi Palace, known for its elaborate friezes and decorations.