Let us introduce you to the beautiful city of Trujillo, the capital of northern Peru. This charming colonial town is lovely to wander through. Most visitors enjoy the great atmosphere of Trujillo’s main square and like being treated with the gastronomic delights at the various restaurants located in the downtown area.
Trujillo is known as the ‘Capital of everlasting Spring’ because of its mild (micro)climate throughout the year. However the temperatures reach high in the summer between December and mid-April. Trujillo is also home to the Marinera Norteña, one Peru’s most known national dances. It’s a dramatic and romantic paired dance in which a couple makes sweeping gestures and hold white handkerchiefs. When visiting the region, you’re able to appreciate some spectacular shows which sometimes include Peruvian Paso horses!
Trujillo’s colonial architecture
Trujillo’s historical centre has a gorgeous main square, the ‘Plaza de Armas’. In the middle you’ll find the prominent Freedom Monument made by sculptor Edmund Moeller. The monument honours the independence of Trujillo in 1820. The beautiful colonial buildings at the Plaza de Armas immediately capture your attention at first sight with their bright yellow and blue colors. They really add a charming and vivid atmosphere to this green part of the city, which is definitely one of our favorite places in the historical center. Trujillo’s beautiful cathedral (built between 1647-1666) is a real eye catcher, same as the Municipality and the ‘El Libertador Hotel’.
A hidden gem in Trujillo with a unique setting! While marveling at the gorgeous colonial architecture of this old historical ´casona´ (both the interior as the exterior of the house) you can enjoy a delightful meal. The menu varies with local Peruvian dishes but also several Italian delights of excellent quality. We recommend you to check out the art hanging all around the building. Also, don´t forget to try one of their famous deserts like maracuya-mango cheesecake!
Museo Café Bar, corner of Junin with Independencia - Trujillo
This cafe is situated beneath a charming toy museum which makes it perfect to combine with a visit to the exhibition! The tall, wood-paneled walls covered in artsy posters and the classic marble-top bar make you feel like you´re drinking coffee in a vintage setting.
El Celler de Cler, Jiron Independencia 588 - Trujillo
Also located in a typical colonial building, this restaurant excells itself at preparing typical Peruvian dishes with a fushion touch. Enjoy a seat at their beautful balcony made from original wood. Other recommendations: we suggest you to taste the typical northern dishes like ‘Cabrito’ (lamb stew) and arroz con Pato (duck stew) at for example Mochica Restaurant located in Trujillo’s historical center.
Not far from Trujillo lies the Moche valley, located on the banks of the Moche river. The fertile land provides this region of a great diversity of crops and fruits, from which Trujillo benefits. After visiting the impressive Moche Huacas del Sol y de la Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon) in the Moche valley, make sure to plan a delightful lunch at one of the many restaurants in the village (countryside). Ask your driver to take you to an open air restaurant to taste a traditional ‘Pachamanca’. This traditional Peruvian dish contains potatoes, guinea pig, lamb, vegetables and is baked with the aid of hot stones. The dish originates from the central Peruvian Andes but it has become a tradition to serve it at several restaurants in Moche on Sundays. Also, in Moche they prepare one of the most exquisite platters of ‘ceviche’ and ‘cecina’ (dried and fried meat).
Top sights in Trujillo
Here’s a list of places you shouldn’t miss out when staying a few days in Trujillo.
-Plaza de Armas and colonial mansions.
-Shopping streets: Pizarro, Ayacucho, Calle Bolivar, street market (mercado) at the Avenida Los Incas.
-Museo de Arte Moderna: contemporary art museum by the celebrated artist Gerardo Chávez.
-Museo del Juguete: Toys museum preserving more than 150 toys from different times in history (including ancient Peruvian toys). A great place to visit with children.
Make a pit stop for a cup of coffee at a charming café located in the same building: Bar Museo del Juguete.
Sightseeing Trujillo surroundings
Visit the archeological sites where the pre-Columbian Moche and Chimu cultures developed before the Inca conquest:
-Huacas del Sol y de la Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon). Learn more about the Moche culture in the adjacent ‘Museo Huacas de Moche’. Website: www.huacasdemoche.pe
-Book a memorable stay in the beautiful hotel De Sol y Barro next to the pyramids!
-When driving from Trujillo towards the beach of Huanchaco, stop at Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the ancient world. This site has been designated as a World heritage site by UNESCO.