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Huaca Esmeralda

Huaca Esmeralda Review

Much like the other Chimú pyramids, the ruins' most interesting aspects are the carved friezes, un-restored and in their original state. The images include fish, seabirds, waves, and fishing nets, all central to the life of the Chimú. Like other Chimú pyramids on the northern coast, the ancient temple mound of Huaca Esmeralda, or the Emerald Pyramid, is believed to have served as a religious ceremonial center. The pyramid is in an area that's dangerous for unaccompanied tourists, so go with a guide.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Huanchaco Hwy., 2 km (1 mi) west of Trujillo, Trujillo | Map It
  • Phone: No phone
  • Cost: S/20, includes admission to Chán Chán, Huaca Arco Iris, and Museo del Sitio; ticket valid for 48 hours
  • Hours: Daily 9–4
  • Location: Trujillo
Updated: 09-10-2012

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