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SECHIN THE GREAT WARRIORS AND CHANQUILLO THE OLDEST SOLAR OBSERVATORY IN AMERICA

SECHIN, the Great Warriors of the Casma Valley.
On the 1st of July of 1937, Julio C. Tello discovers the place guided by Victor Dueñas. The people of the area knew of the place and they called it the HUACA DEL INDIO BRAVO (Ruin of the Brave Indian), because of a human face that was carved in a big rock and it was 3/4 buried on the ground. Tello finds in the north front, east and west sides, 98 carved rocks.
The Casma culture, will be conquest by the Chimu culture (XIII Century A.C.), which will dominate the valley. Finally the Incas, come into this area in the XV Century A.C., becoming Casma part of the Inca Empire.

CHANQUILLO, the Oldest Solar Observatory in America.
It was built more than 2,000 years ago, in the coastal area of Peru and only 400 kms. from Lima located near Casma.
The archaeological place dates III Century B.C. (Final Formative period). It consists of several circular structures fortified with thick stone walls and plastered with mud, besides 13 towers from which it was observed the movements of the Sun, as well as the solstices and the equinoxes.
Before these investigations Chanquillo was considered a fortress with eminently military functions and it was related with the Mochica Culture of the First Regional Development. (200-600. C.).

PRINCIPAL ATTRACTIONS

Sechin
The Museum has a diversity of objects that were found during the diggings. The archaeological site, were you are able to see this sculptures made on rock, decorated by motifs representing the human drama of the war, being a unique site in Peru.

Chanquillo
A fortress of circular structures of rock located on top of a hill were you can observe the 13 Pillars of the Sun, the oldest solar observatory of America.

CASMA TOUR PROGRAM
3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS


Day 01.- Leaving from Lima on a Bus to Casma (aprox.7 hours). Arrival, checking into the Hotel.

Day 02.- After breakfast, you will head to Sechin, to see the "Max Uhle" Museum, that has exhibition rooms with part of the archaeological materials that were found in the digging of Sechin and the Archaeological Complex with its Mural Art of sculptures on stone. The under relief motifs represent the human drama of the war. The visit will take aprox. 2 hrs.
At mid-day, the visit will continue with a hike to Chanquillo, the oldest solar observatory in America, which is located in the top part of a hill, with three ovoid walls with strategic entrances that lead to well elaborated passages were the ceilings are made of thick Algarrobo wood. Across on the east side, its located a hill that has on its top, 13 towers, that according to the archaeologist Ivan Ghezzi, the movement of the Sun during the whole year coincides with one of the 13 towers, been able to define the solstices and equinoxes. Return to Casma. Overnight.

Day 03.- From here on, you can go back to Lima or continue to Huaraz or Chimbote to head towards Trujillo (this is on your own).

RATE OF SERVICE
Category: Personalized
Adventure Tour
Cost per Person
Hostel 3*** Stars
01 Person: $ 420.00US
02-04 Persons: $ 300.00US

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