After the floods passed through the Huacas of the Moche people, the Moche moved a few Kilometers to the coast where they are believed to have merged with the people of the mountains, the Ware. This fusion lead to the construction of Chan Chan, a metropolis of ten adobe palaces which sit along the beach. The kingdom was constructed around 850 AD and still stands between Trujillo and Huanchaco.
According to legend, the city of Chan Chan was first ruled by Takaynamo. This king came and went in a roar of social praise and adoration. He was the first to bring order to the people who inhabited the region. Previously, the grounds were home to a blend of natives.
Both the decedents of the Moche people with the Ware people, who had migrated from the surrounding mountains, the two merged under the new King to develop the land and build the city of Chan Chan. With the construction of the first palace, Palacio Tschudy, Chan Chan soon became a center of attraction as it sat closest to the ocean and sourced fish. The palace included a market center, a meeting place where diplomats would gather to discuss political and military advancements, and the King`s lair.
During the rule of Takaynamo, the people thrived. They had advanced as a society which incorporated characteristics of both the Moche and the Ware. Together traditions of the Moche such as ceramic molds, relief sculptures, and fishing techniques met architectural advancements from the Ware`s single-storied buildings.
At the time of Takaynamo’s death, the people of Chan Chan celebrated his life with an enormous parade which marched thorugh the streets. His tomb is locked within a Palace, and at his side lay relics and forty bodies of his concubines.
Chan Chan flourished as the Capital of the Chimu until it was weakened by El Nino once again and then overtaken by the Incas around 1470 AD.
The Spanish conquistadors soon followed as Francisco Pizzaro founded the city of Trujillo in 1535. During the construction of Trujillo, Chan Chan was abandoned and the adobe fortress was left to the mercy of the rains.
Today, attention to the ruins is steadily increasing, and preservation of the Ruins have gained importance within the Province of La Libertad and across Peru. Unfortunately, no matter how focused the effort to preserve Chan Chan may be, it still remains at the mercy of the rains of El Nino, just as it has for the past 2000 years.
So how is it that these Ancient ruins are just now being uncovered? You can blame the Spanish says the tour guide. The Spanish pillaged for gold and then left the ruins to dissolve with the rains once again as they had with the Moche.