We saw Peruvian Paso horses (photo 5) and at the Temple of the Moon we saw a Peruvian Hairless Dog. This dog has its origins in pre-Inca cultures in the Peruvian coastal zone. It's not really an Incan dog - the mountains of the Incas are too cold for this dog. Ceramic hairless dogs from the Chimú, Moche, and Vicus culture are well known from around 750 A.D.
The Spanish conquest of Peru nearly caused the extinction of the breed. The dogs survived in rural areas, where the people believed that they held a mystical value.
I don't think that the one we saw at the archeological site was a particularly beautiful one by breed standards, but it was interesting to see him. According to standards, the dog may have short hair on top of its head, on its feet, and on the tip of its tail, but completely hairless dogs are preferred. The color of skin can be chocolate-brown, elephant grey, copper, or mottled.
The Casa Urquiaga Museum was sold with colonial furnishings in it. That is Spanish colonial. It also had in it some Moche pottery, and paintings by local artists which the guide made sure to point out to us.
People congregate in the main square of town. Because of the APEC Conference in Lima with all the leaders of the Asian Pacific nations attending (including President George W Bush), the school children of Lima had a holiday, and apparently many of them came up to visit Trujillo. There were school groups and children in the square (in addition to the police and the busloads of tourists with their guides.
The dress for the show ring is like what we saw in Trujillo - a little different from what we think of as show ring attire. Riders wear white jeans, a white shirt and a Peruvian hat. Some classes require a "poncho", worn over the "whites". I saw the Peruvian hats for sale at some stalls. They were hats with a flat wide brim. Sometimes they were made of leather.
Although we did not have lunch on the tour, they did give us pisco sours to drink. A Pisco Sour is a cocktail containing Pisco (a regional brandy), lime juice, egg whites, simple syrup, and regional bitters (photo 5)
They also gave us juice and nibbles - little tiny meat pies (photo 4), little pastries and some fruit and cheese concoction (very good) to spread on little pieces of toast.
Some of the things might have been:
"Cecina": They are small very thin slices of meat that have been salted and dried in the sun. They are fried in abundant oil and it is served with yucca, hot pepper and onion.
Due to its proximity to the sea, they have marine platters, such as the Cebiche (fish marinated and cooked with lemon), "Corvina a lo Macho" (fish with a delicious sauce), "Picante de Mariscos" (spicy stew prepared with seafood), and many other plates.
A traditional dessert of the area is the "king kong". A great pastry filled with manjarblanco (sweet prepared with milk) and fruit sweet, and "machacado" (sweet prepared with boiled fruit).
International Festival of the Spring.
From the 22 of September until October 4 -
Party of happiness, youth and color, in which participate the whole city and their visitors. Traditional "Corso" of the Flowers that begins at the Mansiche Stadium and travels through the city. Allegorical cars with the beauty queens, preceded of cheer leaders from U.S., folkloric groups, groups of students from school and university, "Chalanes" (horsemen) riding their extraordinary "Caballo de Paso Peruano". Foreign and Peruvian delegations participate. Parties at nights, beauty contests, artistic and cultural activities. This festival generates the visit of many Peruvian and foreign people to Trujillo.
Our bus had a police escort around Trujillo. I don't know if this is a local custom or just for tourists from cruise ships.
In any case there were always a lot of police around in Trujillo
National Marinera Contest, it is a traditional folk dacing in Trujillo , it begins every years from 20-30 January in the Club Libertad
U can see many partners dancing this traditional dancing.