|We found an awesome hostal and an oasis in the desert. Not part of any of our plans, we didn't even know they existed, we explored the worlds of two pre-Incan civilizations, the Moche and the Chimu (and the Chimu citadel of Chan Chan). It was amazing. People are still excavating the Moche pyramids and we were there to watch and see there amazingly preserved 1500 year old art. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! -K
It was so refreshing to see something different. The city of Trujillo would fit perfectly in the middle east. We first discovered the Moche pyramids of the moon and the sun. The sun pyramid is the oldest and largest single construction project in the Americas. The moche were a incredibly murderous group who routinely sacrificed many of their own people to their gods. All is depicted in the artwork.
The citadel of Chan Chan is a 28 square Kilometer fortress nestled between to rivers and right next to the ocean. The construction is amazing with 30meter tall 4 - 8 meter thick mud walls. The city was one of the grandest in its day. That is until the Incans of southern Peru conquered the Chimu in about 1400 AD. The time of the renaissance for the rest of us. -M
The citadel of Chan Chan was amazing too. Many bodies were found buried there (and at the pyraminds) and the way they are buried and what they are buried with gives a an idea of who they were. THere were two big ceremony rooms and assumptions to where sacrifices were done and what was sacrificed. ANd I thought the most interesting historical thing in Perú was gonna be Machu Pichu!!!
The Moche Pyramids were covered in National Geographic July 2004. ANd both sites are funded by multimillion dollar grants from National Geographic as the wind and water continue to erode away at the structures. (the big beer company Pilsener funds Moche too, so as we drink we can be sure that our beligerance is for a good cause!!!)
Pics to come tomorrow or so.