With its strange, honeycomb-like walls and labyrinth of wavelike parapets, this sprawling adobe capital looks at first to have been made by extraterrestrials. But don’t let its weird alien geometry fool you: Chan Chan was the seat of the greatest American empire prior to the Incas — and the largest pre-Columbian city ever built.

Historical Peru

Visiting the best (and lesser-known) historical sites in Peru

Peru is one of the most archaeologically-rich countries on earth, and not just because of its blockbuster site, Machu Picchu. Indeed, the Inca of Machu Picchu fame were relative newcomers to pre-Columbian Peru; the final phase of a long series of human settlement that dates back to 9,000 BC – when civilisation in the so-called “old world” was just getting started. Remnants of these ancient cultures are scattered across the country, many of which are easily accessible for casual more

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The Archaeology of Northern Peru

Visit some of Peru's lesser-visited historical sites

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Ruins of Trujillo & Chiclayo

Snapshot of northern Peru's abundant, coastal archaeology

4 daysFrom $540
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Peru's North Coast

In-depth exploration of northern Peru's archaeologically-rich Pacific coastline

13 daysFrom $2,296

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