The elegant capital of the department of La Libertad is one of the most beautiful cities on Peru’s northern coast. Known as the «City of Eternal Spring» because of its mild climate, the city of Trujillo was named after the town in the Spanish region of Extremadura where the conquistador Francisco Pizarro was born in 1478. The streets around the elegant main square have retained their air of colonial splendor. The city’s architectural jewels include its magnificent colonial-era churches and splendid, well-preserved mansions like Casa Ganoza Chopitea, Mayorazgo de Facala and Casa Urquiaga. In addition to its urban splendor, Trujillo also offers visitors the charming seaside resorts of Huanchaco and Puerto Chicama.
Max 29ºC / 84.2°F
Min 14ºC / 57.2°F
The summer season is from December to March.
Trujillo can be reached via regular flights from the city of Lima (45 to 50 minutes) and overland from Lima via the northbound Pan-American Highway (9 hours).
Chan Chan, the largest mud brick city in pre-Hispanic America, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.
Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna: The Huaca del Sol was built using one hundred million mud bricks and was larger than the pyramids of Egypt. The Huaca de la Luna was decorated with colorful friezes depicting the great Mochica deity Ai-Apaek.
The picturesque seaside resort of Huanchaco is a peaceful fishing village where the rafts known as «caballitos de totora» can still be seen. These totora reed rafts have been used for at least 3 000 years.