On this excursion you will travel to Trujillo, driving along the Pan-American Highway to reach the archaeological complex of El Brujo. Translated as 'the Sorcerer', this site was developed and inhabited by the Mochica people. It is located just 20 miles north of Trujillo in the Valley of Chicama.
The National University of Trujillo and the National Institute of Culture began a joint archaeological dig here in 1990 and discovered the Huaca Cao pyramids, which reach up to 150 feet in height and have walls decorated with friezes and colored reliefs that depict complex scenes, characters, and geometric designs.
These are the only such examples known to relate to the Mochica culture and with every question that is answered here, another arises as archaeologists attempt to plumb the depths of an elusive and intelligent civilization.
This site is located very close to the seashore, and it is believed that ancient maritime rituals were carried out at El Brujo. Excavation is ongoing and may reveal additional uses for the complex. Make the most out of your visit and discover the recently-opened Lady de Cao Museum, which offers additional insight into the nature of the Moche people.