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Chan Chan was added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on November 28 of 1986. The city is severely threatened by storms from El Niño, which cause heavy rains and flooding on the Peruvian coast. It is in a fertile, well-watered section of the coastal plain. The city's ruins are threatened by earthquakes and looters.

The City of Chan Chan, the ancient adobe city of the Chimu culture is simply immense, covering almost 5,000 acres.

Palace, Chan Chan, Chimú ruins on the dry Peruvian coast ~ world's largest adobe city ever built ~ UNESCO World Heritage Site

Rare Animal-Shaped Mounds Discovered in Peru

Rare Animal-Shaped Mounds Discovered in Peru : The mounds, which range from 16.5 feet to 1,312 feet long, were found in an area already chockablock with cultural gems such as the Nazca lines and the ruined city of Chan Chan. The historic treasures pre-date ceramics and are thought to have been constructed with the use of woven baskets to carry the rock and soil. The orca-shaped mound, pictured above, is approximately 5,000 years old. (Orcas hunted off the Peruvian coast just steps away from…