I’m a few days late writing this post so forgive the lack of detail. Almost two years later I finally unearthed the file where these photos were hidden.
I recall a really long overnight bus trip from Huaraz to Trujillo. When I got off the bus the bus station was actually still closed so I had no way of asking about our next leg of the trip. There was also a couple waiting for things to open too. We both had heard of some ruins in Trujillo so we agreed to hire a taxi to drive us around to see them.
The Ruins were a a bit outside of the city and the roads would be nothing more than a never ending field of gravel and dirt if not for some white blocks and rocks demarcating where and where not to drive.
Huaca del Sol or “Temple of the Sun” was 50 meters tall but much of it has eroded and blended back into the desert that surrounds it. It was The largest Pre-Colombian structure in the Americas
Huaca de la Luna or “temple of the moon was more impressive. Although the exterior murals and carvings have faded from sun and wind the interior was preserved as if it were painted a few days ago. As one leader would take over he would have a new temple built Ontop of the original in the same dimensions, simply filling in the interior spaces completely with adobe blocks. So, as archaeologist delve into those infilled chambers they have revealed paintings like the following picture.
The blocks used to build the temples were built buy hundreds of individuals. to keep track of who made which blocks , i suppose to account for paying them, each person had a sort of logo that they would stamp into the blocks.
The guide said that this was a sacrificial altar, to me it looks like the remnants of an elevated bathroom. to see this place when all the paint was fresh and bright must have been a sight to behold.
The Mural de los Mitos or “Mural of Myths, shows acts and animals and plants from the time and area. they are highly stylized.
All of these ruins were part of the Moche Civilization. To learn more we also stopped by a modern Museum in the desert dedicated to teaching about this lost culture.
From here it was up and on to the North…