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Category Archives: Northern Circuit

Free exhibit of ancient artifacts from El Chorro tombs

Back in October 2009, Walter Alva, the preeminent archaeologist of Northern Peru, decided to focus his attention on the El Chorro archaeological zone, with little expectation of making any significant finds, according to daily El Comercio. The site, located in Pomalca, seven miles (12 kilometers) from Chiclayo had been overrun by scores of squatter families, […]

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Girl power in ancient Peru of the Moche

The Internet exploded with girl power fervor last month over the discovery of a 1,200-year-old tomb belonging to a high Moche priestess. It was the eighth elite female mummy excavated at San José de Moro in little more than two decades — evidence that women governed in that region of ancient Peru. Jezebel posted this […]

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The Moche cosmo vision explored in new book / CD

The book “Cosmos Moche,” the first part of a collection — “Enigmas of Ancient Peru” — is going on sale this week. It includes an English translation and a CD about the Temple of the Moon. “This book is a valuable contribution to understanding the complex world of the Moche, a culture of farmers and […]

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Ruins vs. the archaeological complexes: How they’re getting it right with the Moche Temples

“It is said that when the anthropologists arrive, the gods depart. In my opinion, something similar happens with reconstructors of archaeological sites. Imagination is crushed; the mystery, the allure and the enchantment depart. (Many archaeologists would add: and with them goes a lot of irreplaceable information; for these are sites that can no longer be […]

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Moche – Phase I through IV

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Organic EcoSMART insect repellent stands up to toughest Mochica mosquitos

I took an incredible four-day archaeological  journey along the Moche highway: Chiclayo, Túcume (and the recently opened Huaca Las Balsas), San Jose de Moro, El Brujo and the Museo Cao, Trujillo, Huanchaco and Huaca de la Luna. More on that COMING SOON! But a quick note for now. Biting insects can be brutal in the […]

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When the rains come early to Cusco, consider the Moche Trail alternative

The weather in Cusco has been predictably unpredictable with the rainy season starting a month earlier than usual. Last week there was significant flooding in the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. A recommendation for anyone interested in coming to Peru in the next couple of months: The northern coast.

You would want to take plenty of sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent, since there are mosquitoes — but the summer season has barely begun, so the bugs shouldn’t be too bad.

The pace is less frenetic and much less touristy than Cusco. You can pick and choose any number of destinations, from amazingly beautiful nature reserves to the most active — and arguably the most significant — treasure trove of active archaeological discovery occurring right now in Peru.

There’s Tumbes National Mangrove Sanctuary, the Cerros de Amotape National Park and the Tumbes Reserved Zone, with protected wildlife; to quote our friends at PromPeru, near Piura are the Colan beach resort, the town of Catacaos known for its arts and crafts and gold and silver jewelry, and the town of Chulucanas, famous for its pottery.

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Peru’s plan to invest upwards of $417 million to build the Moche Trail

Besides Cusco and Machu Picchu, what tourist destinations do travelers clamor to visit in Peru?  What once in a lifetime vacation spots come to mind? The answer are a bevy of white sand beach towns and archaeological complexes that surround Peru’s Northern coast cities of Trujillo and Chiclayo. Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry, along […]

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Marinera Norteña

There’s a lively debate about the origins of the Marinera, and several contrasting schools of thought. It’s not surprising that everyone in Peru wants to claim a slice of the country’s most popular dance. It’s a dramatic and romantic paired dance, with the couple making sweeping gestures, showing off the white traditional costumes of Peru’s […]

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Kuelap is often called the Machu Picchu of the North, but the yellow stone fortress is not nearly as recognizable as the famed Lost City of the Inca. That’s a shame because it is an amazing feat of ancient architecture in its own right, and offers a window into the Chachapoyas culture that built it.  […]

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