Chan Chan & Huaca De Moche - Trujillo area, Peru
One of the main reasons we came to Trujillo was to visit the numerous archaeological sites dotted around the city. The most impressive of all is the gigantic adobe city of Chan Chan. It was the capital of the Chimu empire (an urban civilisation that appeared around 1100 AD). We did our visit with a Spanish guide, on a cramped bus (I have longer legs than most Peruvians I suppose). Our Spanish skills are not quite as good as it used to be and the guide was not really enjoying his job, talking only for himself. Anyway, we managed to catch some words here and there (well, Eva managed to) and we had our eyes to see the rest, no need to translate anything there. It was really beautiful, very touristy but very beautiful.
The next day, we went for Huaca de Moche (peak of the civilisation at around 400-600). The site was built by some ancestors of Chan Chan (at least, that’s what our guide told us). This time we understood everything! Not that our Spanish improved dramatically in one day, but simply because we had the good idea to ask for an
EnglishSpanglish guide. Anyway, we saw some impressive mud pyramid, & beautifully decorated frescos. Unlike Chan Chan, they managed to find many unlooted tombs, with some painted ceramics depicting their daily life, so the archaeologists managed to re-write the past with the few clues they had. This civilisation had the bad habit of sacrificing people when the weather was not good. And unfortunately, the archaeologists found out that El Niño made some destructive apparition in this area (around 600AD) so they killed an incredible amount of people in order to calm the gods (and then, they “had to” drink the blood of the dead bodies in the process, why not… ) without any success, as you probably already guessed. But after a big flood, they finally decided to move away from the coast to build Chan Chan.
Didn’t want Starbucks on my blog but I love the rest as it is my life.
A beach in Maldives awash in bioluminescent Phytoplankton looks like an ocean of stars.
I went to a beach in Florida where this happened. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
Ocean of stars!
Never give up I’m your dreams!