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The north of Peru is blessed with an abundance of pre-Inca treasures. Settled on the Pacific coast, Trujillo is one of Peru’s largest cities, with a population of 800,000, and is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in exploring these ancient ruins. Founded in 1534 by Diego de Almagro and named after the birthplace of Francisco Pizarro, this colonial city was inhabited long before the arrival of the Spanish. From Trujillo, travelers can visit the historical landmarks of both the ancient Moche and Chimú cultures. Of particular interest are the archeological sites of Huaca del Sol y Huaca de la Luna, El Brujo, and the mud-brick city of Chan Chan.

The city of Trujillo offers all the sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis, while maintaining an undeniable local feel. Its variety of restaurants, bars, hotels, churches and museums invite visitors to explore and enjoy Trujillo’s modern and historical landscapes. Most of the popular plazas, hotels, restaurants and colonial houses are located in Old Town, and it is easy to get around by foot. Allow at least half a day to wander around Trujillo’s colonial core, where you’ll find a score of well-preserved homes and churches located to the north of the Plaza de Armas.

Art enthusiasts and history buffs should definitely plan a visit to Iglesia y Monasterio El Carmen, which offer Trujillo’s best collection of colonial art. Located nearby is the Museo Arquelógico, which specializes in Peruvian history from 12,000 BC to the arrival of the Spanish. Be aware that in Trujillo siestas are taken seriously and most sites are closed from 1-4 p.m.

If you desire an escape from the honking taxis and bustle of city life, you might want to check out nearby Huanchaco, a small fishing and surfing village teeming with hotels, guesthouses and restaurants, and famous for its narrow-pointed fishing rafts. Another point of departure from Trujillo is Puerto Malabrigo (Chicama), known to surfers as the best surf beach in Peru, and located just 70 kilometers (43 mi) north of the city.


Other places nearby Trujillo: Los Órganos, Piura, Chiclayo, Huanchaco, Las Pocitas And Vichayito, Cabo Blanco, Catacaos, Paita , Ferreñafe and Lambayeque.

By Tammy Portnoy
By trade, I am a writer/editor/journalist. I have a degree in Spanish and a degree in magazine journalism, from what calls itself the oldest...
27 Apr 2012

Tours in Trujillo

GuĂ­a Tours

In operation since 1975, GuĂ­a Tours is a reliable choice for tours in and around Trujillo. Its tours typically run from two to four days. The most complete option is the four-day excursion to Chan ...
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Trujillo, Peru

Trujillo Tours

A good bet, Trujillo Tours offers a number of half-day options including Trujillo city tours and tours around Trujillo to Piramides Sol y Luna, Chan Chan and even Huanchaco. Tours are available in a ...
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Trujillo, Peru

ChacĂłn Tours

Recommended by many, ChacĂłn Tours offers a number of tours in and around Trujillo. It can provide tours in five languages and is open daily. ChacĂłn Tours can also assist with flights, as it has ...
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Trujillo, Peru

Moche Tours

139459Moche Tours organizes both local and national tours, as well as a three-hour city tour of Trujillo. Travelers can opt for its one of its half-day tours to just Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna or ...
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Trujillo, Peru

Historic Buildings in Trujillo

Visiting Colonial Mansions

As a historically commercial center, Trujillo is home to a number of colonial mansions that are worth a visit. The Casa del Mayorazgo de Facalá (Pizarro 314) is poised with a beautiful main patio. ...
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Trujillo, Peru

Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Merced

Iglesia La Merced is one of Trujillo’s oldest churches. It was largely destroyed in the 1759 earthquake. Up to that time, it had remained unchanged, but modifications were made during ...
Historical Building
Trujillo, Peru
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