Visiting Chan Chan : Located in the valley of Moche, to 5 km of the city and 10 minutes approx. in car. THE WORLD'S LARGEST PRE-HISPANIC MUD-BRICK CITADEL, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In the ancient Mochica language Chan Chan means sun-sun.
It spands an area of 20 square km.
The complex is made of many cities within a city. Each one has its own single entrance and leads down a corridor that opens into other passageways lining walls and buildings. Featuring some marvelous rectangular architecture: such as inner patios, residences, administrative buildings, temples, platforms and storehouses. The walls are decorated with haut-relief friezes done in geometric and animal figures (fishes, pelicans, etc)
It has its museum, where u can see more about it.
The "fenomeno del Niño" had deteriorated this wonderful monument but in despite of it, it still being one of the most visited archeological sites here in Peru.
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.
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
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.
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.
Chan Chan holds the large adobe (mud brick) wall in the world which comes from the Chimu (pre Inca) empire.
It's worth your while to hire one of the tour guides that charge $10 USD (you can split it w/ other tourist).
I went with an a old man named Jose and he was excellent. He has been working there since 1968 and excellent English and knows the place inside out.
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.
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.
The Plaza de Armas in Trullijo is one of the biggest in Peru. In its centre there is a monument of marble, made by an German sculptor, which represents liberty, but its peculiar representation has been a point of hard critic and polemic. (It looks like the statue is dancing "La Marinera")
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.
The Cathedral, founded in 1620.
In the cathedral there are old liturgic objects, for instance religious art.
There is also a museum with paintings in the old Capilla del Sagrarío, to the right of the entry.
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.
The Ventanas Trujillana (the Trujillian Windows) you can see to the left (The white constructions outside the walls with rhombic pattern. These type of windows with metal fences is caracteristic for Trujillo and I have no better pictures(!) They were highest fashion at the end of XVIII century.)
Not a very nice beach but worth the visit if you have time in Trujillo. Dirty beach and the water is typically to cold to swim in but there are a lot of surfers out there.
Good place to buy cheap souvenirs and to eat picaronas (sp?) kinda like donuts in a syrup/honey made from figs (ego) and pappa reynas (sp?) a potato dish and ceviche of course.
Our first stop was at the massive adobe-walled city of Chan Chan. This was an amazing site that took off the negative thoughts I had on deteriorated adobe sites. Chan Chan is a huge site in scope. We saw so many beautiful carvings on its walls to tell. On a funny note, we were followed (more liked stocked) by a large group of high-hormone teenage schoolgirls that wanted a picture with the gringo boys :). Please note that in Peru, any white foreigner is a gringo, regardless of nationality... heck, they even called me a gringo all the time and I spoke perfect Spanish!