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Next, travel to Pueblo Libre district to visit the Larco Museum, founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle en 1926. The museum, located inside a viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century, houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts as well pieces of erotic art. Following lunch (on own) you will be driven to the bohemian district of Barranco; visit the iconic Bridge of Sighs (built in 1876) and enjoy some “picarones” (Peruvian donuts) which is a traditional dessert from colonial times turned into a classic Peruvian snack. This evening, attend a Welcome Dinner and a Folklore Show. Stay overnight at the hotel. BD
Visit the Museo Casinelli, a unique museum in the basement of a gas station. The exhibits showcase pottery and artifacts spanning thousands of years, collected from local huaqueros. The Salinar, Viru, Mochica, Chimu, Nasca, Huari, Recuay and Inca cultures are represented with highlights including Mochica pots reflecting images of daily life, people, animals and anthropomorphic deities. Continue to Huaca Esmeralda, temple in the Chan Chán complex dating from about 1,300 AD. It consists of two temples, one built in front of the other and there are friezes depicting the fisher king. Next visit Huaca Arco Iris (Huaca El Dragón), a religious temple from the early Chimú period around 850-900 AD. It was part of the city of Chan Chán, although separate from any of the governors’ palaces. The temple was originally painted bright yellow and it is believed when the Spanish sailed past the coastline they saw its golden walls from the sea. The temple has some beautiful friezes of Chimú gods, with strong links to the Moche culture, which look like dragons, hence the name of the temple. Your last stop will be the Tschudi Palace, named after a Swiss explorer. It was here where the most important members of Chimu society once lived and the most elaborate friezes can be seen. The palace probably housed between 500 and 1,000 noble people and its courtyard is one of the best places to observe Chimu friezes. The palace’s sanctuary is also of elevated interest, as its walls exhibit a sort of fishnet pattern. Even though, many of the friezes have been reconstructed, there are a few which are in their original state. Rest of the afternoon will be spent at leisure.
Travel overland to Chiclayo, en route stopping at San José de Moro, a small village on the banks of the Chaman River. It is one of the most vital cemeteries and ceremonial centers of the Mochica and subsequent trujilio chicalayo Peru 057cultures. Tombs, objects and architectural proof of these cultures are still buried at the site. An incredible discovery of the San José de Moro Archaeological Project (SJMAP) was the burial site of the most important women in the Andean region, tombs of Mochica priestesses. Around this type of tomb, Mochica pottery, adorned with a technique known as fine line painting, has been discovered, remnants of some of the most spectacular artistic works produced by the Mochica society. On arrival, transfer to HOTEL
other islands, inhabited by Aymara-speaking people in the lake, its residents speak Quechua. It was part of the Inca Empire and it is possible to note vestiges of said culture in their buildings. Nevertheless, when the Spaniards arrived, they forced its residents to get rid of their typical clothes and forced them to wear traditional farmers’ clothes. After briefing on the island enjoy a cultural presentation and lunch. Return to Puno where time free to enjoy the festivities. BL