Moche or Mochica is a pre incan civilization (100 to 700 A.D) that ruled the northern coast of Perú from Lambayeque to La Libertad and Ancash departments, which most of its vestiges are now accessible from the modern city of Chiclayo.
Realms of Lords (Sipan) and Ladies (Cao) that redefined the ancient history of the country, showing that magnificent empires that dominated the land with advanced knowledge and great skills, in areas like; pottery, metallurgy, architecture, trade, navigation and war, ruled unchallenged in this continent way before previously thought. Only to dramatically succumb to the unstoppable force of climate phenomenons.
Images of mud pyramids, washed and eroded by the rains and the winds, are part of a landscape that, at first sight, might look barren and lifeless. However, scattered dry woodlands show that life thrives among them. Species that are unique, and some that were considered critically endangered or even thought already extinct, still make a living. Andean bears, deers, the Peruvian Plantcutter and the White-winged Guan, among many others, are just few examples of the many.
A bordering ocean that, instead of being a frontier, it was a highway for trading and free movement with neighboring cultures, nowadays provides fantastic scenery and glimpses of the past when seeing the reed boats that still ride its waves. Do not miss Pimentel, Huanchaco and Huarmey.
The treasures of the Moche, are now guarded under magnificent museums like Tumbas reales de Sipán, Cao and Brunning. While several archaeological complexes and site museums have the mission of protecting what is still in the field; pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, Túcume and others, as excavated burial sites, are suitable to visit and to keep wondering for generations.
This is a land of multiple choices as sites of interest pinpoint the map wherever you see. Natural protected areas like Chaparri, Pomac, Laquipampa or Batan Grande are recommended, as well as getting to know the products derived from them, like the algarroba syrup or the natural colored cotton.
Best of all, by moving around the Moche Route you will also frequently encounter vestiges of following cultures as interesting as Mochica, like Sican or Lambayeque and Chimu.
Make a turn off the mainstream and wonder at this region loaded with sites of interest and incomparable attractions. At RESPONS we will be glad to assist you in designing your perfect trip along Moche land, northern Peru or the whole country. Just write us at english @ responsibletravelperu.com or fill out our questionnaire and soon you will be landing in Chiclayo.
Image credit: National Geographic