Discovering the El Brujo Complex
Travel to Trujillo, driving along the Pan-American Highway to reach the archaeological complex of El Brujo. Translated as "the Sorcerer," this site was developed and inhabited by the Mochica culture. It is located just 20 miles north of Trujillo in the Valley of Chicama.
The National University of Trujillo and the National Institute of Culture began a joint "dig" here in 1990 and discovered the Huaca Cao pyramids reaching up to 150 feet in height with walls decorated with friezes and colored reliefs that depict complex scenes, characters, and geometric designs.
These are the only such examples known to relate to the Mochican culture and with every question that is answered here, another arises as archaeologists attempt to plumb the depths of an elusive and intelligent civilization.
Interestingly, the site is located very close to the seashore, and it is believed that ancient maritime rituals were carried out at El Brujo. Excavation is ongoing and may reveal additional uses for the complex. Make the most of an inside visit to the Dama de Cao Museum—recently opened at El Brujo and offering some insights into the nature of the Moche people.