Trujillo Language School is a small Spanish language school located on the beutiful Plaza de Armas of the City. The great thing about the school was the professionalism and energy of the teacher - Melvin. As well as keeping the course interesting he took us out to various locations around the city including museums and cafes, whist still managing to conduct interesting lessons.
a year before i travel to trujillo for 4 days and 3 nigths and i met alot of beautifull places to visit there
such as chan chan, sun and moon temples ,huanchaco and i travel there contacting a very good agency in peru MUW
i booked this tour
go to trujillo u will have good times there
now im living in cusco
peru is wonderfull
As I mentioned in my Hotel tip, most taxi drivers are connected to/have connection with tour agencies and arrange day trips to these sites.
So did we. We payed € 20 for the car and driver and he took us from 9 am to 2 pm to the sites. Entry fees are excluded, each site is € 3 per person.
There is a lot of info about Chan Chan (enormous!), the Huacas and Huanchaco here on VT and on the internet.
Info January 2009
In the center of the plaza is a large sculpture "The Freedom Monument", by the German Edmundo Möeller. It was not originally intended to be in Peru.
After WWI Moeller planned a memorial of freedom with three elements: action, depression and liberation. He sculpted the large travertine marble figures (photo 3 has two of them), but couldn't find anyone who was interested in installing them in a public place. Then in 1923, a magazine ran a competition for the Peruvian city of Trujillo to pick an artist to do a national monument to Peru's 1821 independence. Moeller's sculpture won the award.
The monument, is 30 meters wide and 25 meters high, which exceeds the size of the original design. There are three bronze reliefs of the battles of Junín and Ayacucho and the declaration of independence of Trujillo (photo 4 has one of them). The obelisk in the middle of the monument is crowned by the figure of a young man with a torch (closeup in photo 5), which stands on the globe. The bases of the stands supporting allegories of Art, Science, Agriculture (photo 2), Husbandry.
Moeller worked on the sculptures near a marble quarry in the Free State of Thuringia. The figures were cut with a thin steel wire, and transported to the port of Bremerhaven in 110 railcars.
The monument was inaugurated on December 9, 1927. Moeller received for his work: the Order of the Sun, the honorary chair of the National University of Trujillo and the honorary citizenship Trujillo. In addition to the prize money, Moeller had several commissions in Peru, including busts of the president in August B. Leguía and then mayor of Lima Andrea Dasso, During his stay in Peru he also created a multitude of indigenous figures of bronze and wood. After two years of stay in Peru, during which he also visited other parts of the country and Lima, Moeller returned to Europe in 1928 via the United States.
Huaca La Luna was the religious center of the Moche culture built over 600 years (100 BC - 650 AD) - there were several levels. Sites say that there were three to five levels and four plazas, but I quickly lost track and had to concentrate on climbing the many many steps. Apparently the site occupants would build a temple, and then fill it in and build another one on top of it. It was in front of the Cerro Blanco next to a tributary of the main local river which is now named after the Moche people who inhabited the region. The Huaca de la Luna, or Temple of the Moon was an artificial platform located so as not to usurp agricultural land and in a good position to acquire food, building material and other resources.
Overall, the site measures 950 feet from north to south and 690 feet from east to west. The access to the structure was probably located on the north side, which has been badly damaged by looting. Treasure hunters also dug impressive tunnels into its eastern flank and inadvertently exposed beautiful polychrome reliefs, sadly now destroyed. Many Moche burials, some probably dedicatory but others as late as Chimú (about 1100-1470 AD), have been excavated inside the otherwise massive adobe platform and have yielded many artifacts, such as elaborate ceramics and metal headgear.
The guide gave us a vivid and enthusiastic but somewhat disjointed account of human sacrifices. The website says
Large-scale human sacrifice at Huaca de la Luna became evident when archaeologists uncovered the remains of at least 34 sacrificed adult male individuals in the soft clay of the southeastern court at the foot of the mountain. They had been bound and, judging by the type of wounds that had been inflicted, were probably captured in battle. The sacrifice represents a single ritual event linked by archaeologist Steve Bourget to a season of torrential rains caused by an extreme case of the maritime El Niño phenomenon, which strikes the coast of South America at irregular intervals and which may have caused the final abandonment of this site.
After the guide explained the statue in the central square, we went into the Cathedral. I went up to the front in advance thinking there might be some graves there, but there were not. One of the tour members told me to take off my hat. I said ladies did not take off their hats in church. There was a man playing the organ and singing who had a beautiful voice. My picture of him is blurred and another member of the tour said I should not take pictures during mass. The guide only said we should be quiet during mass. No one said anything to Bob at all and he was taking pictures too (although not wearing his hat)
The Cathedral was built between 1647 and 1666, and rebuilt between 1768 to 1781 according to the Venezuelan architect Andres K. Noorgard's plans. The architecture is romantic baroque. In 1662, it was built with cedars from surrounding valleys, and it was here where the Catholic Church first officially supported the Independence Movement. The Cathedral was made a National Historic Monument on August 2nd 1960.
Inside is an image of La Virgen de La Paz, presumably brought by the first Spanish immigrants. This beautiful temple main altar was carved by the Colombian sculptor Gustavo Ignacio Cortes,
There is also a Museum of Religious Art with exhibition of paintings and sculptures but we didn't visit that.Visits: Monday to Sunday 7:00-12:00 and 16:00- 21:00.
We went to a museum called Casa Urquiaga which is now the headquarters of the Banco Central. We saw school children lined up to go in while we were touring the square. It is FREE
This was an historic colonial mansion which was also known as Casa Calonge. The Casa Urquiaga housed Peru's first viceroy in the early 1600s, and it was once the residence of Simón Bolívar. He lived here between 1824 and 1826. I understand that the home still contains the desk Bolívar used but either our guide did not point that out to us, or I missed it. Inside is the furniture that belonged to the Vice-royal during the Republican epochs. On October 12th, 1972 the Urquiaga family sold the house to the Central Reserve Bank of Peru and donated all the furniture, paintings and memorabilia it then held. .
The exterior is blue with white trim, and typical white window grilles. The interior contains three courtyards and is adorned with elaborate chandeliers and mirrors, and a collection of Moche and Nasca ceramics. There are also glass, and pottery exhibits, plus there was contemporary art when we were there.
Monday to Friday 0900 to 1500
Saturday and Sunday 1000 to 1330
I wanted to visit a Paso farm because our daughter is a Paso Fino horse trainer and judge. Peruvian paso horses are bred around Trujillo The Peruvian Pasos are also gaited horses, but they are a little bigger than the Paso Finos and their front feet paddle more than the Paso Fino horses do. In September, they hold a Peruvian Paso Horse Contest in Trujillo. This contest is organized in Trujillo by the National Association of Peruvian Paso Horse Breeders and Owners. According to them,
The Spanish horse, crossed with the Arab horse and raised in the coastal desert of Peru, which shaped its pace and style, gave rise to the Peruvian Paso Horse. For 300 years, the blood of this new breed has been enhanced, until it developed the characteristics which have made it the most beautiful of its kind in the world.
Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Moon and Sun) are 2 pyarmides from the Moche empire (pre Inca) and is still in the process of being excavated...not sure it ever will be completed due lack of resources and funding.
S./10 to get in and includes a guide in a few langauges...takes 60-90minutes..about 8kms/20 minutes from Trujillo.
Huanchaco restaurants serve up some of the finest seafood in the world in a relaxed, peaceful setting. The place is showing some signs of its growing popularity, but its roots as a laid-back fishing village are still readily apparent. Sipping wine and savoring the fresh seafood from the balcony of one of the fine restaurants fronting the Pacific Ocean is about as calming and pleasant an experience you can find.
The Trujillo area is home to several interesting ruins – notably Chan Chan, Huaca Arco Iris, Huaca Esmerelda, Huaca del Sol, and Huaca de la Luna. Of these, Chan Chan, a massive complex built by the Chimu civilization in the 13th century, and the Huaca de la Luna are the most impressive (the Huaca del Sol is larger than the Huaca de la Luna but it is currently off limits to tourists – once opened, it could be even more impressive than its neighbor). Several tour companies offer day trips to the ruins, which also can be reached by bus or taxi.
Situated 35 kilometres (22 miles) northeast of Trujillo, nar the mouth of the River Chicama, this complex is the tourist centre of the Chicama Valley. The ceremonial temple shows evidence of human sacrifice, it being possible to imagine the executioner, while looking at colourful figures of dancers painted on the walls.
Trujillo conserves beautiful colonial houses that were constructed by order of the Spaniards who founded the city, and other colonial houses are from the first years of the creation of the Republic of Peru. While u walk around Trujillo u will find a lot of them.
_Palace Iturregui: Jr Pizarro 688 ; without doubt this house is the most magnificent and beautiful of all the republican mansions-majestic and grand. In it are outlined the most notable characteristics and tastes of a wealthy society. The impresive nature of its decoration, architecture and furniture justify its distinction of being the best private residence in South America.
_The House of Ganoza-Chopitea: Jr Independencia 630. ; with a polychromatic front in the baroque style, crowned by a rococo frontispiece and two lions, is the city's most representative example of Trujillano mansion architecture.
_House of the Marshal of Orbegoso: At Jr. Mariscal Orbegoso 553; this stately mansion, in Vice-regal style, belonged to former President of Peru Marshal Luis Jose Orbegoso.
_Houses of Mayorazgo: Jr Pizarro 314; as old as the city itself, and holding one of Peru's greatest numismatic collections,there are large grilles in its walls and it has a neocolonial corner balcony which enhnaces the facade.
_The House of the Emancipation: Jr Pizarro 621; this is where the Independence of Peru was sworn on 29 December 1820. The symmetry of its patios and general style is typical of republican buildings. Inside there are beautiful rococo murals in tempera representing popular country scenes.
_Calonge House: Jr Pizarro 446, of first quality artistic heritage, the rococo furniture the excellent collection of huacos, imperial style mirrors, china, furnishings and European curios all stand out.
The cost for entering to this houses is very cheap.
Belongs to Moche Culture(100-800 A.C), this temples are located in the "Campiña de Moche" around 5 km from Trujillo (20 minutes approx), in the south of the city. This temples are located just 500m from each other. They were ceremonial centers, especially the temple of the moon, in which people offered sacrifices to their god: Aipaec or "el degollador"
The Temple of the Sun has 6 levels. It is considered the longest pyramid in Peru. It has different levels and at the moment is something deteriorated due to the action of the man and for the time it has. It considers that the Moches used about 140 million of adobes for constructing it. It was used for ceremonial purposes and possibly in administrative functions.
The Temple of the Moon has 9 levels. It is a monument comprised of overlapping temples built during different periods. A tomb was uncovered here, with over 40 sacrificed warriors. Into this temple u can find a large of multi-colored murals, especially the image of Aiapaec and different kind of animals too, like fishes, pelicans, spiders.
In the Campiña of Moche u can find a lot of pictures, cards, handcrafts and many things about this temples. And u can read its history.
Huanchaco is a beautiful beach, located 15 minutes from Trujillo. The caballitos de totora, rafts woven from the totora reed in an art that has been handed down over generations. Similar skill is shown by the surfing crowd, which year after year gather in the port of Malabrigo. A surfing championship is staged here every March and local beaches feature the world`s longest waves.
This beautiful place throughout the year enjoys a privileged climate and an animated "Tourist Calendar". Winter particularly , it becomes a peace backwater where the visitor can enjoy the spectacle of the regatas in the caballitos of totoras, the championships of surfing, gastronomy, modern and confortable hotels and a shining sun; n u can find here a lot of handcranfts too, not in vain the Ministry of Tourism has described it like "national Tourist Center".
U can visit delicias beach, pacasmayo, pimentel.. they are nice too.
The best time is in Summer between December and March