Before the Incas – Chan Chan and the Chimú Kingdom of Peru

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  1. Having just visited Peru late last year, I am totally smitten with every aspect of their culture and trying to figure out a way to return. As you said, Machu Picchu might be the main event, but there is so much more to explore. I’ve only just scratched the surface and can’t wait to dig a little deeper. Thanks for giving me a good place to start!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Glad you’ve got some pointers to begin with! Northern Peru is rather ramshackle and hectic, but I love it for exactly that reason. It’s Peru BEFORE it’s shaped by mass tourism. 🙂

  2. How fascinating! Great post, Sara. I’ve never heard of this place or these people. So good to come across something so new to me.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thank you, I’d never heard of them eiher until I started reading the guide books during my trip – the Chimu people were definitely an intriguing culture.

  3. I’m fascinated by ancient ruined cities so would love this. These sites are so much work to maintain and excavate but it’s so good to see that history is being conserved.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      It can definitely be a labour of love to keep going, and Chan Chan is particularly challenging – but I agree, thank goodness the effort is being made.

  4. Anna Parker says:

    This is fascinating. In all the hype over Peru this seems to have escaped the mass tourism industry so it is truly fascinating and unspoilt. Love your journey through it.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thanks, Anna – as much as I loved Machu Picchu, I do hope travellers start making more effort to visit northern Peru – it offers so much!

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