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Huacas del Sol y de la Luna

Archeological sites in Trujillo

Huaca de la Luna mural

The Huaca de la Luna is an impressive set of five temples built on top of each other. Each temple was a dynasty in the Moche culture, built between 100-800 CE.

The site has been extensively excavated, though archeologists make new discoveries. Unlike Chan Chan, nothing at Huaca de la Luna has been restored or recreated - only excavated.

Huaca de la Luna demon

One of the most impressive things is the developments in painting and pigments that are evident on each of the five temples. Also, ancient images of people fishing with the caballito de totora are intact.

Caballito de totora at Huaca de la Luna

The Huaca del Sol is an adobe brick burial chamber near Huaca de la Luna. There is one museum for both sites. The word huaca can be used for many different kinds of sacred places. The duality of the sun and the moon (sol y luna) is very common in Peruvian cultures.

The huacas were built by the Moche culture and used between 100 CE - 800 CE. You can read more about the huacas here.


You can hire a taxi or take public transportation to these sites.

North Coast Archeology

Moche & Chimú


Historic city & world class surfing

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Trujillo In-A-Day

City & Archeology

Text © Heather Jasper

Images by Heather Jasper