It is located near the Moche river, that is why some scholars have assigned it an administrative function, associated to the control of the valley.
It was also known as Capuxaida or Pachacamac.It is calculated that 140 millions of adobes (sun dried mud brick) were used in this building. Nowadays, it is 40 m. high and 340 m. by 160 m. in its base.
In 1604,a group of tombs looters deviated the Moche river with the intention of opening up the temple to discover its hidden treasures. The biggest part of the platform was destroyed by this incident.
It is located in the plain that separates the temples. This sector has not yet been excavated, therefore it is not possible to visit it. From the top of Huaca de La Luna you can get a panoramic view of its extension.
The structures are built in adobe, the Moche elite, the craftspeople and the state workers lived here. The buildings have evidence of administrative, residential, religious and handicraft functions; and also for the production of chicha (corn licor). Its plan presents: corridors, squares,l arge avenues, water canals and a cemetery.