Chan Chan Archaeological Zone

UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationDistrict of Huanchaco
CoordinatesS8 5 60 W79 4 59.988
Inscription Date1986
In Danger From1986
Property (ha)1,415
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
All ThreatsIdentity/ social cohesion/ changes in local population and community
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsLand conversion
All ThreatsWater rain/water table
All ThreatsIllegal activities
All ThreatsLivestock farming / grazing of domesticated animals
All ThreatsCrop production
All ThreatsLegal framework
All ThreatsRelative humidity
All ThreatsManagement activities
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsStorms
Unesco Reference Number366
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThe Chimu Kingdom, with Chan Chan as its capital, reached its apogee in the 15th century, not long before falling to the Incas. The planning of this huge city, the largest in pre-Columbian America, reflects a strict political and social strategy, marked by the city's division into nine 'citadels' or 'palaces' forming autonomous units.
StatusWorld Heritage Site