The first time we were in Huanchaco we skipped visiting the pyramids on the Southern side of Trujillo. There are two pyramids, just outside the urban area, and from Huanchaco this means that you have to take two collectivos to get there. It is well worth it as they are much more interesting than Chan Chan.
Both pyramids were built by the Moche culture and were substantially buried in sand after they fell into disuse. This, coupled with the layered building style – every 70 years a new temple was built over the previous one, has protected the amazing artwork in the Huaca de la Luna. The pyramids were built between 100-600 AD. The Huaca del Sol is the largest Adobe structure in the Americas.
Of the two pyramids you can only visit one which is the Huaca de la Luna, situated at the foot of the Cerro Blanco, and you must take a tour of the site. Fortunately for us an English language tour was starting just as we arrived. The tour lasts around 45 minutes. The Huaca de la Luna was the most important ceremonial structure of the Moche culture where the Huaca del Sol was the administrative and military centre.
The Site consists of a numer of interconnected patios which are elaborately decorated with murals and freiezes. The most stunning of which is around 50m long and 20m tall.
Near the site entrance is a very good museum, making the Chan Chan museum seem particularly amateurish.