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Chan Chan

Why visit Chan Chan?

The largest adobe (mud brick) settlement in the Americas, Chan Chan, once the capital of the Chimu Kingdom, which fell to the Incas in the 15th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Reasons to visit Chan Chan include: 

  • A vast adobe settlement, covering 20sq. km, Chan Chan was once the centre of an empire that covered 621 miles of Pacific coast.
  • Nine large citadels, each enclosed by walls as high as 26 feet, and containing temples, houses, storehouses and funeral platforms. The Chimu were skilled goldsmiths, and once the temple walls were clad in gold, the palace gardens housed gold animal statues, and the city walls were brightly painted. Today the only decoration that remains is the intricate carving.
  • The Museo de Sitio houses scale model replicas showing what life was like when the Chimu lived here. You'll also find maps and aerial images of the site.
  • Roam the corridors of the Tschudi temple citadel and, amongst its chambers and plazas, form your own understanding of this lost civilisation.

When to go to Chan Chan

Chan Chan is open daily, and the climate is consistent year-round.  For more information about when to travel in Peru, see our When to visit Peru page.

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Time: GMT-5hrs

Flight time:

Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.


Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.


There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.



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