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Trujillo (Peru)

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Introduction

Meer koloniale pracht op de Plaza de Armas 2

Meer koloniale pracht op de Plaza de Armas 2

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The city of Trujillo is located about 550 kilometres north of the capital Lima and a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, on the banks of the river Moche. Nicknamed the City of Eternal Spring, it was one of the first cities to be created by the Spanish in South America when Diego de Almarga founded it in 1534. He named it Trujillo in honour of the birthplace of Francisco Pizarro's birthplace, the Spanish city of Trujillo in Extremadura. In the 19th century, the city was a major exporter of sugarcane. The city is the capital of the La Libertad Region and is the third largest in Peru with over 800,000 inhabitants in the urban area.

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Sights and Activities

City Centre

During the last few centuries, the street plan of the city centre has not changed. It is filled with several monuments, including buildings from the colonial era, mostly in mudejar style. A good starting point to explore the city is the huge plaza major.

Chan-Chan

Chan Chan ruins - Trujillo

Chan Chan ruins - Trujillo

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Chan-Chan is a palace complex built between the 7th and 15th centuries by the Chimu civilisation that was later conquered by the Inca empire. The complex lies about 5 kilometres west of the city. Inside the complex there are the remains of 9 palaces and several huacas. The complex was built out of adobe (mud) bricks. The only palace that is open to visitors at the moment in the Tik An palace, which holds several ceremonial squares.

Besides Chan Chan the archaelogical sites of the Moche civilisation which prevailed between 100 and 800 AD, are located 20 minutes by bus from the city centre. In the heart of the Moche river valley, and right at the foot of the Cerro Blanco, lie ruins of the Huaca del Sol and the Huaca de la Luna, two templs of adobe bricks built by the Moche people. Archaelogists estimate the Huaca del Sol to be made up of over 130 million bricks, making it the largest pre-Columbian structure adobe structure ever built in the Americas. The Huaca del Sol is speculated to have served as a centre for administration while the Huaca de la Luna was restricted to the priests and the elite; ritual battles and sacrificial ceremonies also took place here to appease and placate enraged deities.

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Weather

Trujillo has average daytime temperatures of 21 °C. In the summer the highest temperatures can reach over 32 °C and in winter it's never colder than 14 °C. Most of the year, the temperature stays in the low to mid twenties, hence why the city is also called the City of Eternal Spring.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max25.1 °C26.2 °C26.1 °C24.6 °C23.3 °C22 °C21.2 °C20.2 °C20 °C20.6 °C22 °C23.3 °C
Avg Min17.3 °C18.2 °C18.5 °C17.3 °C16.4 °C15.6 °C15 °C14.8 °C14.2 °C14.4 °C15.1 °C16.2 °C
Rainfall1.6 mm1 mm2.4 mm0.1 mm0 mm0 mm0 mm0 mm0 mm0.3 mm0.1 mm0.1 mm

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Getting There

By Plane

Getting to Trujillo by plane is for most people only possible by getting to Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport first. From there you can take a plane to Trujillo. Capitán FAP Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport (TRU) is located 10 kilometres north of the city. Lan Peru has 3 flights a day between Trujillo and Lima, while STAR Peru handles one flight a day to and from Lima. STAR also flies to Chiclayo.

By Bus

Located on the Panamericana Norte (north), getting to Trujillo via motorway is easily managed. It is serviced by many bus companies including Cruz del Sur and Ormeno.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hostal Portada del SolAv. 28 de Julio No 1HOTEL82
Hotel PullmanJr. Pizarro 879 La LibertadHotel-
Residencial MunaywasiCol�n No.250.GUESTHOUSE81
Hostal CocosbeachAv. Larco 1500 HuanchacoHostel79
Surf Hostel Meri (former Hostal Lily)La Ribera 720 HuanchacoHOSTEL82
Gran Bolivar HotelJiron Bolivar 957HOTEL-
Hostal El CenturionCalle Paraguay Nº 304 Urb. El RecreoHOTEL-
Hospedaje El Conde de ArceJr. Independencia N° 577HOSTEL-
Hostal El AnclaAvenue La Rivera 198 HuanchacoGUESTHOUSE-
Un Lugar Surf CampAtahualpa 225 Huanchaco ViejoHOSTEL-
Chimú BeachLos Pinos 144 HuanchacoGUESTHOUSE-
Bona Nit HostalJr. Colón, 257 La LibertadGUESTHOUSE-
B&B OrregoK22 Avenida Antenor Orrego Covicorti La LibertadHostel-
Mochicas InnE-19 La ArboledaHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

Check the Serpost website, the national postal service (a private company), for more information about prices and options regarding the sending of postcards, letters and parcels. The post service is relatively efficient and post offices can be found in most cities and (larger) towns. Post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Saturday and some are open on Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Postcards are available from street vendors and shops at any touristy area, and stamps are generally available as well, though sometimes only at the post office itself. It takes at least 10 days to send a postcard to North America and prices start at S/5.5. To Europe it is S/7.8 and it takes even a bit longer, around 2 weeks. For little extra money, you can choose 'expresso' services. For large parcels and quantities, you can use both Serpost or a company like DHL which is faster and offers the same prices, though it is still relatively expensive. UPS for some reason is much more expensive in Peru!

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Quick Facts

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Population
811,979
Coordinates
  • Latitude: -8.111772
  • Longitude: -79.028644

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