After spending a day in bed with a fever and gastrointestinal issue while Bill toured the area, we headed to Trujillo by bus. Moviltoiurs shows the dumbest movies! At least these were quieter without a lot of overactive car engines! We were fed breakfast and lunch so the price for food and entertainment wasn’t bad.
Trujillo has a large colorful Plaza de Armas which the taxi driver let us walk around while waiting for us. Peru was the first South American country to claim independence from the Spanish, and the statue honors their freedom.
Then it was on to Huanchaco at the beach. There fishermen, in dwindling numbers due to the youth preferring an easier more lucrative source of income, still use reed boats as do the Uros on Lake Titicaca. We came across this gentleman while meandering the streets not far from our hostel. We didn’t get to see how he adds on the back end.
The next day we joined a tour to visit a temple, or Huaca, of the moon, though no one knows its’ real name. First the guide sent us into the museum on our own, and then she took us around the temple. She is a tiny thing full of passion for her free-lance job!
There are actually two temples, but no one is allowed to visit the other. In between the two lived 20,000 people between the first and eighth centuries where excavation has just begun. All this was at the bottom of a small mountain from which water ran into a river and sustained them. The Moche were a religious community run by priests who used a mix of coca and lime to get get high and receive spiritual messages. After a few hundred years the weather didn’t cooperate with their hallucinations and predictions so the people revolted and left. Ha!
The stone workers each put their own mark on top, out of view, to indicate ownership and therefore their payment of taxes.
We then were driven back to Trujillo for lunch and typical dancing. The man’s feet could really move!
The third stop was Huaca deal Dragón, or Huaca Arco Iris, which is much smaller. About sixty percent of what we saw was restoration. There were many infant bones found, probably human sacrifices, when excavations began in 1963. It was buried in sand until 1960! It may have been a fertility temple as in many cultures the rainbow, a sign of rain, the bringer of life.
Chan Chan was established by the discontented of the Moche, the Chimú. It was closer to the ocean, an integral part of their culture, even at the earlier site. No priests running the government, here! It was the largest earthenware architecture city of pre-Colombian America and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are remnants of agricultural, industrial, and water management systems. It reached its peak in the mid-15th century before being taken over by the Incas and later plundered by the Spanish. The center six square kilometers contained nine large palaces surrounded by high thick walls.