Chan Chan, Largest City of Pre-Columbian America
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Chan Chan, Largest City of Pre-Columbian America

Chan Chan, Largest City of Pre-Columbian America


Chan Chan, the largest city of pre-Columbian America, is one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in Peru and my personal favorite (ahead of Machu Picchu, yes…).

[pullquote]Chan Chan, undoubtedly my favorite archaeological site in Peru[/pullquote]

Located only 5 km from Trujillo, Chan Chan was the capital of the Chimu Kingdom that reached its highest point in the 15th, when it was conquered by the Incas.

The site, inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in Danger back in 1986, is of incomparable beauty and a must-see in Peru.


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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.

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  • Angela
    Posted at 15:22h, 16 June Reply

    That’s wonderful, I’m obsessed with ancient sites, this one looks fantastic.

    • Simon
      Posted at 12:03h, 17 June Reply

      It is indeed fantastic, Angela. I’m sure you’d love it!

  • Barbara
    Posted at 18:11h, 15 June Reply

    Incredible! I’ve never heard of this place, but now it’s on my ‘to do’ list of places to see. Lost civilizations are always so amazing!

  • Simon
    Posted at 18:19h, 15 June Reply

    It’s really worth to go, Barbara. Personally, I enjoyed Chan Chan much more than other better known sites. But that’s me, of course 🙂

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