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Huaca Esmeraldas - Ruin Trujillo - Peru

Huaca Esmeraldas formed part of the great Chan Chan citadel complex. Like Chan Chan, it was constructed by the Chimú. The outer walls of this temple have rhomboids framed with intricate designs, which have become undecipherable with age. Inside the precinct, the friezes are of fishing nets, sea otters, fish and seabirds—all symbols important in the Chimú people's devotion to the sea and moon. In all, the buildings are in poor condition. The church San Salvador de Mansiche, on Avenida Mansiche, is said to have been built of blocks from Huaca Esmeraldas.


3 kilometers (1.8 mi) from Trujillo, off Avenida Mansiche, in El Cortijo

Trujillo, Peru

Ruin Types:

Getting There

Tours go to all four sites on the ticket, though some outfits omit Huaca Esmeraldas. To go on your own, take a Huanchaco-bound bus as far as the Maniche church. Then, with extreme care, walk down the street to the right of the church three blocks, then one block to your left. The Huaca will be on your right. Do not stray into any other part of the neighborhood.

Travel Tips:

Price Description:

Admission included in Chan Chan ticket.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Daily 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 4:30 p.m.

Days Closed:Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Bring along water and snacks, camera. Leave valuables at your hotel.

The many other archaeological sites around Trujillo, and the city’s museums.

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Here are other activities in and around Trujillo that may be of interest: Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna , El Brujo, Chan Chan and Huaca Arco Iris.

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