Moche pyramids of the Sun and the Moon
One of the most beautiful cities in Peru,
Trujillo was founded in 1534 by Peru's conquistador Francisco
Pizarro who named it after his birthplace in Spain. This colonial
and republican city, 560 km. (350 miles) north of Lima flourished
when numerous families of nobles settled there to exploit
gold and silver mines and the large sugar plantations. Just
south of Trujillo lie the imposing 130-foot high Moche pyramids
of the Sun and the Moon, the center of Moche power from 100
to 600 AD and the tallest adobe structure in the Americas.
Huaca del Sol y la Luna. Huaca del Sol was
the largest construction in America in its day. Nearly 10
tonnes of gold & silver were extracted by the early 16th
century. 6000 square meters of mural paintings are believed
to have covered the Huaca de la Luna.