Moche Ruins and Moche Sites

If you are keen to discover Moche ruins and Moche sites and want to find the best places to view Moche period history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

Moche was a pre-Inca civilisation, pre-dating the Chimu civilisation. It is sometimes described as early Chimu and dates from roughly 100 AD to 900 AD

We have an initial selection of Moche historical sites and you can plan some fascinating places to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of Moche ruins and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This useful trip-guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Moche sites.

Our database of Moche historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Moche sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Moche: Site Index

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El Brujo

El Brujo is a Moche (early Chimu) archaeological site in Peru inhabited between 100 and 700 AD.

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El Brujo in Peru was a Moche (early Chimu) settlement inhabited between 100 and 700 AD. Now an archaeological site, the main features of El Brjuo are its three “huacas” or sacred pyramid temples.

The best preserved of El Brujo’s trio of temples, thought to have been sites of ceremonial significance, is Huaca Cao Viejo (also known as Huaca Blanca) . It is adorned with dramatic, colourful friezes showing various scenes ranging from everyday activities such as fishing to depictions of violence and particularly of human sacrifice. These friezes have led archaeologists to believe that El Brjuo was probably the site of the torture and execution of prisoners.

In 2004, archaeologists found the mummified hand of a woman thought to have been a leader of the Moche, a particularly interesting find given that the Moche were a male-dominated society. The advantage of El Brujo is that it is quieter than other, more popular archaeological sites in Peru.

Royal Sipan Tombs

The Sipan Tomb Museum holds the treasures of the 4th century tomb of the Moche Lord of Sipan.

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The Sipan Tomb Museum in Peru displays the treasures found at the Royal Sipan Tombs, originally uncovered in the Lambayeque Valley.

The Royal Sipan Tomb was the mausoleum of the Lord of Sipan, a great warrior and a significant figure amongst the Moche people dating back to the fourth century AD.

A revered warlord, the Lord of Sipan’s tomb is said to have rivalled that of Tutankhamen in terms of the amount and grandeur of objects buried with him. When the Sipan Tomb was found, the Lord of Sipan was covered in and surrounded with an abundance of gold, silver and jewels.

The Royal Sipan Tombs artefacts, which include jewels, ceramics, gold and silver objects and pieces made of carved wood, are all displayed at the Sipan Tombs Museum, which is even structured to look like the actual tomb.

However, in addition to this wealth of artefacts, the Lord of Sipan’s tomb contained further incredible finds. In fact, the Lord of Sipan was found amongst other skeletons, including those of a dog, a llama and even two young women, possibly his concubines, believed to have been sacrificed upon his death.

The Sipan Tomb Museum is very much a labour of love, created by the archaeologists who unearthed and protected these artefacts. This site features as one of our Top Tourist Attractions in Peru.

The Bruning Museum

The Brüning Museum has a varied set of exhibits from Peru's history, focusing primarily on the pre-Incas.

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The Brüning Museum (Museo Arqueológico Nacional Brüning) in Lambayeque, is an archaeological museum with a varied set of exhibits from Peruvian history, but focusing primarily on the pre-Incas. One of the highlights is known as the Gold Room or Sala de Oro.

The Moche Temples

The Moche Temples are two ancient adobe pyramid temples located in northern Peru.

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The Moche Temples in Peru are made up of Huaca del Sol y la Luna, translated as the Temples of the Sun and the Moon.

Moche was a pre-Inca civilisation which preceded that of the Chimu and is sometimes thought of as early Chimu. It dates from around 100 to 900 AD and the Moche Temples are thought to have been built in 500 AD.

The Moche Temples are located in northern Peru and, like many Moche sites, are adorned with various colourful friezes of different shapes and ominous figures. They were built of adobe bricks and would have been constructed over the course of many years, each generation adding further levels.

While Huaca del Sol is the smaller of the two Moche Temples, it is better preserved than Huaca de la Luna.