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Trujillo City


The city was founded by famous the conquistador, Diego de Almagro. Diego de Almagro founded the city under the name of Villa Trujillo, to honour his fellow partner's, Francisco Pizarro's birthplace: Trujillo in Extremadura, Spain.


Founded in 1534, Trujillo had earned the rank 'city' and the coat of arms that are still used today, only 3 years after its foundation.

Trujillo city was constructed on an area where 4 Chimú settlements were located. The Spaniards wanted to ally with the Chimú People against the Incas.

Interestingly, Trujillo was the first major city of Peru and has served as a temporary capital in 1825, after Peru's independence was gained in 1821.


Located in northwestern Peru, Trujillo is the capital of the La Libertad Region.

Trujillo is Peru's 3rd largest city with its more than 800.000 inhabitants.

Trujillo is an important economical spot of northern Peru. Its economy is fed by agriculture, industry, first of all.

Sugarcane is the primary agricultural produce in the area.

The city is also an important transportation knot.

Travelers who arrive to Trujillo will find a city with many restaurants, shops, even shopping malls. Modern houseblocks and other new buildings are wide-spread.




Attractions of Trujillo


Trujillo has the typical Spanish colonial architecture, like the typical open spaces between buildings - the plazas, the colonial churches and strongly ornamented entrances, terraces...


Plaza de Armas

The typical main square of South American cities that were former Spanish colonial cities. A complex of statues, colourful buildings, palms can be seen here and beautiful colonial Roman Catholic churches in the distance.


The Colonial Centre


Centrally located streets close to the Plaza de Armas are abundant in colourful several hundred years-old colonial houses. Some of them are surprisingly elegant and ornamented, despite their small dimensions.


Chan Chan Archaeological Park


An ancient Chimú city's ruins 5 km (3.1 mi) from Trujillo city.


Chan Chan was constructed by the Chimor/Chimú civilization, a civilization considered to have been the continuation of the Moche civilization.

The city of Chan Chan was constructed at around 850 AD. The Incas have conquered them in 1470 AD.

The estimated population of Chan Chan was of 30.000 people.

Because it is constructed of adobe, Chan Chan is vulnerable to rains, storms, winds...

In order to better preserve the archaeological park, Chan Chan was included by UNESCO to the World Heritage Sites in 1986.

Chan Chan includes 10 citadels in it. They are all protected by walls.

The buildings inside of these fortifications are temples, burial chambers, houses, ceremonial buildings and others...

The city of Chan Chan has a triangular shape.

Its protective walls are massive: about 17 meters on average or 50-60 ft.

What is peculiar and beautiful even is the carefully made carvings on these walls. These carvings are mostly textures, but on many portions they contain animal and other humanoid-shaped figures...

Chan Chan is considered to be the biggest adobe city in the World!

Because not so many people know about it, you can get the chance to see a place that's almost unknown to the western tourists. It is one of the least known major attractions in Peru...




Getting to Trujillo


The best way for getting to Trujillo is to fly by plane to its own airport. The Trujillo airport has links with Lima, Chiclayo, Cajamarca, Tumbes.

There are no trains in this area.

Buses from the big cities of northern Peru and Lima are operated often on a daily basis. You might even find multiple buses per day to Lima and other big, more important cities.

The roads in the north and south direction are good, but eastwards they are of poor quality, often unpaved and winding.

Trips will often take a whole day to any major city in northern Peru of the capital. There are few connections to southern cities.



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