17.05.2013 - 18.05.2013 26 °C
We arrived in Huanchaco in the early hours of the morning. Luckily the hostel let us check in straight away so we could have a little sleep before starting the day. We went to 3 pre-inca ruins. The first was called Huacs Arco Iris. We had a guide that showed us around but he didn't speak any English so I had to translate for Joe and Ned (or try anyway - they wouldn't have known if I was making it up)! Here they had original carvings in the wall of things sacred to them. There were 200-300 people living in this palace and when the king died all his people had to die to so they could serve him in the afterlife. So the palace turned into a tomb. The next place we went to was a similar palace called Huaca La Esmeralda. The final place we went to was Chan Chan where we had a private guided tour who told us the history of the place. It was huge! They loved sacrificing in those days, there were 3 squares dedicated just to sacrificing ceremonies. This was the captital of the area and where the most powerful royalty lived. The servants had separate corridors and live in basic huts whereas the royalty lived in intricately carved buildings. To the people that lived there the moon and sea were sacred along with condors, jaguars and snakes. In Chan Chan when the king died his wife and the best person of every profession was sacrificed so that he'd have the best people to serve him in the afterlife. It was very interesting!
That night we went to a lively bar to eat and have a few drinks. It was really fun and there was a live band. We also bumped into a couple who we'd met in the hostel in Lima.
The next day we went to see some more ruins. Trujillo is an archeologist's paradise as there's so many ruins that haven't been excavated yet! These ruins were called Huaca de la Luna. This was the principle temple for politics and ceremonies for the Moche culture that were around 200-850 A.D. It was a temple made up of 4 layers. These people worshipped the moon which was reflected by the murals that covered the outside walls. The university there is still carrying out excavations and plan to excavate the nearby Huaca del Sol that they know nothing about.
After our very cultural stop in Trujillo we moved on to the less cultural town of Mancora.