Peru's Imperial PastBuilt of mud and adobe, Chan Chan—the nine-square-mile former capital of the Chimú empire (850–1470)—was the most expansive city of its time. Wander along pathways with a guide to see wall reliefs that depict creatures from the nearby Pacific. You’ll learn where various community activities, including human sacrifices, took place.
Chan Chan: Ancient Chimu City
The friezes and sculpture are so sharp looking that I wonder if the motifs on the wall are recreated. Regardless, the visuals are stunning.
Chan Chan, the adobe city
Chan Chan is the world’s largest adobe city—and in the 1400s, was the largest city in the Americas, with countless temples, squares, dwellings, treasuries and storehouses. For all its grandeur, however, the site is as remarkable for its small details: the diamond shapes that punctuate so many of the walls, the abstract animal and human motifs that make up the friezes, and the exposed adobe brick peeking through its mud casing.
Green Square In The Desert
The vast adobe city of Chan Chan covers an area of approximately 20 km² and had a urban center of about 6 km². It was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on November 28 of 1986.
Closer to the area is a local museum that expose some artefacts and representation of the kind of life that chimus people had long time ago in the middle of the desert.
TIP:bring a bottle of water and use solar protection, sunglasses and summer clothes xoxo