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Salaverry, Peru-port

This port is located near the city of Trujillo, founded by the conquistador Diego de Almagro in 1534. Trujillo still retains much of its colonial charm, and has a splendid backdrop consisting of the vivid green and brown terrain of the Andean foothills. Trujillo is one of the most important cities in Peru although its compact colonial center has a small-town feel.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Chan-Chan City of Palaces
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Colonial Houses
    Light Activity /Walking

Chan-Chan City of Palaces

Moderate Activity/Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: SLA-002

Chan-Chan is one of the most spectacular cities, and the largest construction of mud in the New World. It was once the capital of the Chimu Civilization, predecessors of the ancient Incas. Upon arrival in Chan-Chan, your walking tour will commence.

Chan-Chan is virtually a city of palaces, and must be seen to be believed. The city walls enclose eight square miles of buildings, including small wattle and daub huts, medium-sized adobe brick houses, and the huge fortresses, or palaces, of the era's nobility. These palaces typically contained many rooms and patios, and were surrounded by their own walls. Your guide will explain the significance of the intricate relief's and patterns carved into these walls. Each palace also contained ceremonial courtyards, some decorated with a repeating design of birds or animals. The smallest courtyards were thought to be the most important and only accessible to the inner circle. Ironically, these courtyards lacked ornamentation or decoration, which has baffled archeologists for ages. It is now thought that these courtyards were once festooned with amazing weavings and fabrics, which the Chimu people held more valuable than gold and silver. Often a palace was abandoned once its noble owner died, and a new one constructed next door. As a result, these amazing buildings range in age from 900 and 1470 AD.

Please note: Comfortable shoes are a must, as there are ramps and stairs to negotiate at the site. Sunscreen and a hat are essential. These areas are going through a continuous process of excavation.