Pyramids, Temples and Geoglyphs in Peru
Visit the temples of the Sun and Moon at the Moche 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 Moche culture was centered here from 100 to 900 A.D.
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 elite lived. The Moche era ended because El Niño brought tropical rains and floods to the northern coast of Peru.
The Sights of Trujillo
Then 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.
You'll visit the colonial house of the Urquiaga family—aristocratic 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 epitomize opulence.
The Paso Horse Exhibition
Then visit a typical hacienda for a Marinera dance performance and a Paso horse exhibition. This sub-equine breed, originally from Peru, has the gentlest gait of the riding horses and has a unique a four-step timing. These horses were bred to cross the Peruvian deserts, and they move their front and back hoof of the same side simultaneously, creating an amble-like step. The main breeding places of these horses are in Trujillo, Ica, and Lima. These horses are descendants of the Barbican Cordovan horse that the Spaniards introduced during the Conquest of Peru (1532).