Trujillo: Peru’s capital of everlasting spring
Trujillo City Guide
Many travelers skip very interesting less known cities such as Trujillo while travelling through Peru. Of course, everyone wants to visit Lima and stay for sightseeing in the southern area. However, there is so much to see in the North of Peru as well. Here PerubyBus brings you a guide to Trujillo, the city of everlasting spring.
If you search for Trujillo, it will normally be referred to as the City of the Eternal Spring. Why? Well, just go and see with your own eyes. The sky is blue every day! The weather temperature is great and never goes down the minimum 18 degrees. Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses! On an 8-hour drive up the coast from Lima, Trujillo is easily accessible by road, and many bus companies cover the route from lima.
Trujillo’s amazing weather is positively correlated with its inhabitant’s vibe. The locals are very nice and always with a smile. Isn’t your day better when you cross the streets and people are smiling at you?
A town with colonial elegance
Trujillo was the first important city to proclaim its independence from the Spanish colony in 1820, and it was even Peru’s capital for a while.
The eye-catching colonial architecture, warm beaches, and rich cultural scene are just some of this town top things to do.
So if you are looking for both relaxing beach holidays and the opportunity to discover some of Peru’s impressive cultural attractions, we must say: you just found the place!
The first thing to do once you arrive? Head down to the stunning Plaza de Armas. You’ll love the colonial architecture. Most of the buildings maintain the original facade, paying testimony to an opulent past. Walk around the square and discover Pizarro street, home of many artists, cafés, and traditional street food. Seat, eat and chill.
Looking for some ancient art? Visit Museo Cassinelli, housed in the basement of a gas station and holding a ceramic collection of Trujillo’s ancient cultures such as the Moche and Michú.
When is the best time to visit Trujillo?
Anytime. But if you wanna enjoy one of the best seasons, you should come and see Trujillo´s famous festivals:
Trujillo´s region typical dance is the romantic marinera. The Marinera Festival is held the last week of January. The event gathers dancers from all over the world for an intense competition.
There are also exhibitions of the “Caballos de Paso”, a special breed of horses. They are trained to march in the rhythm of Marinera music: just watch!
International Spring day
An eternal spring city totally deserves a Spring party. This festival takes place between the end of September and beginning of October. Beauty queens jump into allegoric cars and participate in a colorful spring parade. In the end, the best allegoric car wins the Golden Lion Award. There are also a great variety of cultural activities happening during this days.
Do you want to chill a bit on the beach and enjoy the sun? Huanchaco is a charming beach town located just 10 minutes from Trujillo.
This beach is a popular destination and famous for its many good quality restaurants and fresh seafood. The mid-height waves attract all kind of surfers, from professional to amateurs. Not in a surfing mood? Just head down to the beach and take a unique view of the millennium-old handmade reed boats floating in the sea. These are the renowned caballitos de totora, a living heritage and identity symbol of the ancient Mochica and Chimu cultures that lived in this area. Stay until late and watch the scenic sunsets of Huanchaco. An orange horizon line, surrounded by fishermen and pelicans.
From Chan Chan to Huaca del Sol y de la Luna
If you are a fan of history, you should definitely see Huacas (a high and sacred place in Quechua) built by Moche culture and the city of Chan Chan built by Chimu culture.
The Huaca del Sol y de la Luna (Temple of the Sun and Moon) is the largest adobe pyramid in Peru. This fascinating creation has five successive walls, whose excavations reveal extraordinarily beautiful paintings of anthropomorphic beings.
Chan Chan was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. It was the home of 30,000 Chimu people and is called the largest Pre-Columbian adobe city in South America. At this site, ten walled citadels emerge with many types of buildings: homes, temples, ceremonial rooms, and reservoirs. Chan Chan is covered in aquatically-inspired carvings — seabirds and otters, fishing nets and tidal waves – symbolizing the coast tides.
All of the above attractions make Trujillo an ideal Peruvian destination for 2018. It’s time to begin planning your next trip!