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If you followed our blog of 2013 you will recognize this port by the dry desert fronting the ocean. The main purpose of our stop here is to visit (or revisit), archeological digs in the areas inhabited by the Mochica people and the Chimú Nation.
A modern museum now houses pottery and artifacts from the Mochica dig – no photos allowed inside.
The stairs to the Temple of the Moon, first started around 200 AD by the Mochica
The two mud brick temples and the small city between them were in use for 600 years.
Somehow, we did not expect to see an owl here!
Our day-long excursion included a stop in Independence Square in Trujillo, the “City of Eternal Spring”.
It is always good to see people caring for their buildings.
At another site we saw the capital of the Chimú Nation, Chan Chan, which existed for almost 400 years until it was destroyed by the Inca.
Travelling again, we came to the surfing town of Huanchaco. This church, our guide explained, is an Indian Roman Catholic church – the indication being the single tower.
School vacation in Peru – yes, it is summer!
These traditional boats, called “little reed horses” are still used by Peruvian fisherman who sit astride them with their nets as they plunge into the surf.
Flowers can, indeed, bloom in the desert. And who doesn’t love flowers!