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Huaca Arco-Iris or Huaca El Dragon

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Address: Chan Chan, Trujillo, Peru
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Chimu holy place damaged a bit by recent floods

Fascinating Chimu shrine. It's important to have a guide to explain everything to you. The designs are very interesting and there are plenty of them all over the outer walls but... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Miami Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is small tour but is pretty the good thing is that if you coming from the others huacas this will be a plus one jejejeje

Thank sonadora326
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fascinating Chimu shrine. It's important to have a guide to explain everything to you. The designs are very interesting and there are plenty of them all over the outer walls but they need some explaination.

Thank Chinapjs
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here on a tour from our cruise ship. Enjoyed all the history and information our guide provided. Not sure I would have enjoyed this much without a guide. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thank jayhawkbrian
Austin, Texas
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408 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Make a day at Chan Chan, Museum, the ruins, Esmeralda, and Arco Iris. Kind of more of the same, but still interesting, More designs and interesting adobe wall works in the middle of Trujillo.

Melbourne, Australia
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398 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We went as part of a day tour of the sights around Trujillo. It was OK but I wouldn't bother to make special trip to see it. It's basically just a platform with designs on the walls and a larger wall around the whole thing. It's been restored and you can clearly see the restoration. But it some cases they... More 

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Roseville, California
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231 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

My tour of archaeological sites in and near Trujillo included this site. It is probably not worth more than about 30 minutes, but does have some unique iconography, which makes it worthwhile.

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Northern California
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375 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

This is a small site....very small compared to Chan Chan. You can easily visit this in less than an hour. What's interesting here are the rainbow motifs (thus the Arco Iris name). With all the other sites between Trujillo and Chiclayo, this one wouldn't be high on the list. But if you're in the area, it's interesting to stop by.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Not a must see as it is on a much smaller scale to Chan Chan, however the reliefs are unique and in quite good condition. Because this small temple has been restored, it really gives you a good idea of how it appeared in ancient times.

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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Supposedly the same age as Chan Chan, this small temple has completely different drawings and architecture. One truncated pyramid (none at Chan Chan) and the lack of any sea-related iconography make me think they are very different and perhaps unrelated. This attraction is located within the city., and can probably be accessed by public transportation Tickets are not sold here.... More 

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Cusco, Peru
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2016

This is a very small site and I imagine that it is added to most of the tours to help fill out the day. The site does have some nice murals and some interesting room like structures that surround it that have no openings or doors. Our guide indicated that they believe offerings were thrown into these rooms as they... More 

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