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Trujillo, Peru

This place is famous in Peru for it's brightly painted buildings with elaborate ironwork on the windows.

From here we visited two adobe pyramids. Much of the decor has remained intact and depicts the face of the Decapitator - the man responsible for making religious sacrifices. Part of the community's main square can still be seen, as can the chute which took blood from the victim being sacrificed at the top of the pyramid and carried it down to spectators in the square.

At the site were two 'Perros Peruanos', an ancient breed of dog which is totally hairless and has a body temperature of over forty degrees. They are sought after as they are said to sooth arthritic pain. Previously they kept people warm at night in the mountains. It felt like stroking a pig.

For photos - http://picasaweb.google.com/trevallion74/Trujillo

permalink written by  billyandsophie on June 29, 2008 from Trujillo, Peru
from the travel blog: South America
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