Huaca del Sol is an ancient adobe brick temple built during the early part of the Moche civilization. The Moches ruled Peru during 100 A.D. and 800 A.D. The sun temple is now a ruin among the many that were found near the Cerro Blanco, a volcanic peak. The Huaca del Sol is located near Trujillo.
Trujillo is the capital of La Libertad Region and is located on the banks of Moche river. It is very close to the Pacific Ocean and travelers will be glad to know that the region has a number of interesting tourist destinations. It is estimated that the Moches used more than 130 million adobe bricks to build the temple and is the largest such structure built in the Americas before the Columbian era.
As it always happens, the colonists from Spain looted the temple and its gold during the early 17th century. Another problem has been a hydraulic mine which has damaged the temple extensively. More than two-thirds of the structure is already lost to the ravages of time and now, the temple stands at a height of 135 feet.
The ancient and stunning structure is one of the wonders of the world, unofficially at least. A visit to Peru without having visited the Huaca del Sol is a pity. When you are there, make sure that you visit the Huaca de la Luna as well. This one is better preserved, though smaller in structure.