Once an important site used by the witches of Chicama, El Brujo (The Sorcerer) is a network of ruins and mounds dating back over 5,000 years. Situated in the Chicama Valley, 60 kilometers (36 mi) north of Trujillo, this archaeological gem remains remarkably unscathed by the grave robbers and tourists who destroyed many of the ruins closer to Trujillo.
The complex, which is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites on the northern coast, served as a ceremonial center and meeting place for nearly 10 cultures, among them the Moche. Stretching across two kilometers (1.2 mi), El Brujo consists of a long wall decorated with high-relief stylized figures, and three pyramidal temples: Huaca Prieta, Huaca Corta and Huaca Cao Viejo.
Cao Viejo is one of the most popular attractions, where inside you'll encounter polychromatic reliefs that display scenes from Mochica life. Among these archaeological attractions, you'll find depictions of prisoners, warriors, dancers and human sacrifices, in addition to well-preserved remains that highlight the burial practices implemented by Mochica royalty.
In 2006, a tomb containing incredible riches and a tattooed mummy, La SeÃ±ora de Cau, was unearthed. Pieces from this burial and other El Brujo finds are displayed in the Museo del Sitio Cau.
Take a tour ($8-12). To go on your own: from Ã“valo Larco, take a combi heading to Chocope ($0.85) and from there another to Magdalena de Cao (9 a.m.-6 p.m. $0.50, half-hour), then a mototaxi to the site ($5-7 round trip, with wait, 15-20 min). Walking he last part is not recommended, due to robbery and assault.
To see the site, be sure to arrive there by 1 p.m.
Adults: $3.70. Tour: $7-10. Museo de Sitio Cau: adults $3.70, students and retirees $2, children $0.40.
Relative price: Mid-Range
Open Hours from:9 a.m.
Open Hours to:5 p.m.
Travel Skills: None
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