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Trujillo Highlights

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     Chan Chan, Huanca el Dragon, Huaca el Sol and Huaca la Luna. 

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     Time goes fast when you are having fun. You have to leave. 

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     An oasis in the desert. 

Trujillo Things to Do

  • Learn Spanish

    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...

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  • a good way to travel to trujillo

    a year before i travel to trujillo for 4 days and 3 nigths and i met alot of beautifull places to visit theresuch as chan chan, sun and moon temples ,huanchaco and i travel there contacting a very good agency in peru MUWi booked this tourhttp://www.machupicchutrek.com/index.php?accion=trujillo_traditionalgo to trujillo u will have good times...

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  • Day trip Huaca Sol y Luna, Chan Chan and...

    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...

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  • The Freedom Monument of the Plaza de...

    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...

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  • Huaca De La Luna

    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...

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  • Trujillo Cathedral

    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...

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  • Casa Urquiaga AKA Casa Calonge

    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...

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  • Visit a Peruvian Paso Farm

    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...

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  • Huaca de la Luna

    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.

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Trujillo Restaurants

  • Nice for a snack

    A small cafe decorated with all sorts of old keys on the wall. The tables are made from the bases of treadle sewing machines. Very nice people. Very nice place for a snack. They do serve meals. I had a very good vegetarian triple. Absolutely superb limonada.

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  • A nice place!

    This place has very reasonable prices and is a pleasant place to go for a nice but not elaborate meal. Very tasty food. There are tablecloths, which makes the place look nice. Good service. Open on Sundays. Wide selection of options. Well, I had chicharonnes de langoustinos which were very good and served hot.

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  • Good and Cheap Food

    Small place, hospitable service and low prices. Famous for students, workers and pensioners. Breakfast and menu, which costs 3.50 soles, which is less than 1 euro (2007 January). The quality/price relation is absolutely the best in this little restaurant. Usually the main food is chicken with rice, but other varieties are offered, too. There is no...

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  • Food Food Food

    In Trujillo as many cities, u can find everything u want, in this case food.Chinese food, italian food, criolla food, ceviche, deserts, caffe, etc.I think the best places to go is by Trujillo main square, it is surrounded with many of this places, where u can eat delicious and typical peruvian food, n u can find them in Pizarro Street, Larco...

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  • Awesome Cafe

    This place has a great variety of fresh delicious food. They have fresh salads (totally safe to eat), excellent cakes and the best coffee I've ever tasted. After 1pm try their fixed menu which includes a starter, main course, dessert and a drink only for S./ 6!!

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  • If you like good, cheap, typical food...

    Immigrants from the highlands have brought their folklore, customs & food to the coast. A different typical dish is offered each lunch time fot around US$1. Their are typical breakfasts, snacks & evening meals too.The restaurant is where Peru's best known poet Cesar Vallejo lived as a remarkable student & teacher, & there are pictures & extracts of...

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Trujillo Nightlife

  • Music for dancing

    In Trujillo there are many places for dancing, like discotecs, pubs ,peñas (just peruvian music as festejo, etc),karaokes, ... it depends of how u want to spend ur night: dancing, drinking, or just watching and eating.Mecano Bar is a discotec and bar, that most of the young people and not too young like to go in order to spend a nice night. It...

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  • 24 Hour Gambling

    There are a lot of casinos in Peru - they allow gambling. I have only seen the outside of them. This one is on the main square in Trujillo. I thought at first it was a hotel.The internet says: Palacio Royal Trujillo is a Casino in Trujillo, La Libertad, Peru and is open daily 24 hours. The casino's gaming space features 101 gaming machines and one...

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  • La Marinera dance and -contest

    In January, Trujillo celebrates the La Marinera contest. A local dance, very beautiful and elegant. It depicts the sailor, who is leaving to go to war (the war against Chile in the 1880's), saying farewell to his lady. I love to watch this dance.In the Club La Libertad, one block from the Hotel El Paraiso, people dance to the music of a live...

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Trujillo Transportation

  • Bus

    Chiclayo-Trujillo with bus company La Linea. Frequent departures, every hour. Driving time 4 hours. Costs: € 4 per person one-way.http://www.transporteslinea.com.pe/itinerarios.aspFor longer distances (e.g. Chicalyo-Lima/Trujillo-Lima) see my Peru transportation pages. I prefer Cruz del Sur, safer, more comfortable. I almost always travel by day...

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  • Airline Offices

    There is NO train service to Trujillo. Your choices are boat, plane or bus.Trujillo does have an airport. Two airlines have their offices on the Plaza des Armes in the central of Trujillo - LAN and American Airlines. The Carlos Martínez de Pinillos Airport in the Huanchaco district outside Trujillo serves all domestic carriers within Peru; Lan,...

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  • Tourist Transport

    We were in Salaverry which is the port for Trujillo. Our mode of transportation was a BIG RED bus. We had a police escort for the bus This was a very strange bus - it was a double decker bus and the windows had some kind of screen on them (at least on the upper deck where we were sitting). I couldn't see very well through this. I don't know if it...

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Trujillo Shopping

  • Handicrafts

    Apiat (ASOC. DE PEQUEÑOS INDUSTRIALES Y ARTESANOS DE TRUJILLO) is a larger group of handicraft industry vendors. The shoe market belongs to that, too. Specially shoes, but all kind of other works, too.

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  • Boots Market

    There are many shoe markets, largest one is "Alameda del Calzado". This is clear, because Trujillo is the shoe industry center in Peru. I was buying sandals for 10 euros. They are very good in use, and are in good condition still after a year in using.

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Trujillo Local Customs

  • Peruvan Animals

    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...

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  • Colonial Furnishings and Exhibits

    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.

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  • Plaza de Armas

    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...

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Trujillo Warnings and Dangers

  • Rules for the Visit

    Rules: You have to make a visit with a guide. Guides are free. Maximum of 25 in a group. Professors are responsible for the conduct of the group. You have 15 minutes after you buy your ticket to join a group. Guides can only do a tour in one language.And these are quoted as they are written:"7. In the circuit of visit rubbish dumps have been...

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  • Steps

    The tour was advertised as a moderate activity tour, but it was a difficult one for me to do and primarily this was because of the many steps to climb up to the top. It was even more difficult to come down because there were no railings, and I was afraid to walk down beside the steps for fear that my feet would slip on the sand and go out from...

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Trujillo Off The Beaten Path

  • Temple of the Sun and City of the Moches

    The so called Temple of the Sun and the Moches City excavations are not open to tourists. The name “Huaca del Sol” is really a misnomer, as there is no evidence to connect the building with any solar cult but we don't know what it was originally called. While the excavation of the Temple of the Moon is going on, the Temple of the Sun excavation has...

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  • Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesús

    Although this is on the main Plaza (Independencia and Jr. Almagro), this building is not mentioned as much in the tour guides. It was built before the Cathedral, and was a work of Diego de la Puente between 1632-1633. It was considered the bench mark for later buildings, including the cathedral. The Jesuits were expelled from the colonies around...

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  • Cathedral Museum

    The museum is next to the cathedral - it is in the wing on the right (photo 4) as you face the cathedral. It holds valuable sculptures, canvases and an enigmatic crypt. It isn't free and we did not visit it. The website on Trujillo saysHere are kept objects related to liturgy, carvings, and paintings of the colonial period; among these, two...

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El Brujo Archaelogical Complex
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Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon
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surfing in Huanchaco Beach
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Visiting Chan Chan
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Hotel Libertador
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Huanchaco Beach
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Chan Chan
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buses
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Around Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas)
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Huaca el Dragon
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Visit Plaza de Armas, one of the biggest
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Getting there and around
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Hire a minibus to take you around the sights
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Moche Pyramids: Huaca el Sol and Huaca la Luna
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Chan Chan
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