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Did you know that there is a Machu Picchu in the north of Peru? Its walls are more than 10 meters high. They rise over a plateau of 5 square kilometers and are built in dangerous abysses and deep ravines.

In the highlands of the La Libertad region lies Peru’s ‘Machu Picchu of the North’, built by the Huamachuco culture between 400 and 1,200 AD. It was used as a sanctuary by different communities in the region to honor their dead and worship their gods, which is why it is known as the ‘Ceremonial Oracle’.

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What is the ‘Machu Picchu of the north’ called?

Its name is the archaeological complex of Marcahuamachuco, located 3,600 meters above sea level, with stone walls that rise over a plateau of 5 square kilometers and are built over dangerous abysses and deep ravines.

Where is it located and how to get to the ‘Machu Picchu of the north’?

It is located five hours by land from the city of Trujillo, in the district of Huamachuco, in the province of Sanchez Carrion, in the region of La Libertad.

According to research, it was the most important political, economic and military center in northern Peru before it was conquered by the Inca Empire. It is said that they traded with their neighbors of the Mochica, Recuay and Cajamarca cultures.

The material used for the construction of its walls is the crushed stone affirmed with wedges and joined with clay mortar.

In these buildings there are ovoid (circular) towers, with heights that exceed 10 meters and are among the largest in the northern highlands of Peru.

What other historic sites are there to visit in La Libertad?

In Trujillo, capital of the region of La Libertad, is located the largest mud city in the world: Chan Chan. It was built on the coast by the Chimu culture. It was the political, religious and administrative capital of the Chimor kingdom, according to the Ministry of Culture (Mincul).

What are the most characteristic tourist attractions in La Libertad?

The region of La Libertad has several places that are impressive for their beauty. The most characteristic are

  • Huanchaco beach resort
  • Chan Chan archeological complex
  • Archaeological complex of El Brujo
  • Moche countryside
  • El Cañoncillo natural forest

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