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

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  1. William Davids says:

    I went here and visited the site in 2018….It was amazing history of a typical Amerinidian tribe pre Incan times. I’ve seen lots of these places, including the famous step pyramid in a small village off the main highway from Cusco to Puno on Lake Titicaca. Peru is a very very ancient place with man being linked there as far back as 4 to 6000 BC….

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thanks for the comment and apologies for the delayed reply! Peru certainly has so much more to offer than I was able to squeeze in during the few weeks I was there.

  2. Sally says:

    Wow I have never heard of this place, my sister is going to Peru never year so I will pass on the link to your post for her as I’m certain she would be interested in such an amazing place. I have also pinned it for when I finally make it over to Peru.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thank you, glad you’re adding it to your list of places to explore and I hope your sister makes it to Northern Peru too – it’s always good to travel beyone the usual tourist hotspots!

  3. Sally Akins says:

    What a fascinating place to visit! It’s good to see ancient cities like this are being preserved, especially considering the challenges of climate change. I like your tip about sharing a guide as well – smart thinking!

    • Sara Dobak says:

      Thanks, Sally. I really learned from this visit that a guide can be invaluable, but sharing the cost does help, especially if you’re on a tight backpacking budget.

  4. Peru is a fascinating country, not just for the well-known areas but the not so well known gems like this. The carvings and reliefs are incredible and the diamond lattice surrounds in the intriguing audience rooms are mesmerising. I hope I can go back one day and explore more of the north.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      I felt the same when I went and was determined to explore the north a little – and I didn’t regret it! Next time, Kuelap will be on the list.

  5. Sinjana Ghosh says:

    This was like a time travel into a different era. I never heard of this place in Peru. It’s a pity how such beautiful places are under threat due to climate changes brought about by humans. Thanks for introducing me to this beautiful place.

    • Sara Dobak says:

      You’re so right, Sinjana, it’s horrifying to think that all this could be lost. Walking around Chan Chan really does feel like stepping back in time, so I’m glad that came through in the post 🙂

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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