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Trujillo, Peru:

Trujillo

Huanchacho surf beach of Trujillo, Peru

The city of Trujillo, in northwestern Peru, is the capital of La Libertad Region and of the province of Trujillo, being the third largest city in the country.

 

Trujillo is known as the "City of Eternal Spring" for its mild climate all year round. Its historic downtown is packed with great monuments and colonial mansions, the "Plaza de Armas" Main Square and the Cathedral. Among the most visited is Casa Urquiaga where Simon Bolivar lived in the 1820’s.

 

Chan Chan ruins near Trujillo’s beach in Peru

Some of its many archaeological, natural and cultural tourist attractions are: Chan Chan ruins -the world’s largest mud city, beaches with great waves for surfing, "caballitos de totora" traditional reed boats, "Cerro Campana" (Bell Hill) ecological reserve, the Marinera "National Dance of Peru", "ceviche" dishes and the Pilsen Trujillo beer.

Chan Chan

Chan Chan archaeological site near Trujillo
Trujillo has interesting archaeological sites of ancient civilizations.

The ruins of Chan Chan (Sun Sun), from the Chimu culture, is the world’s largest pre-Columbian metropolis built out of adobe (mud-brick). Also known as the "City of the Moon" or "of the Long Walls", this excavated mud city is located at the outskirts of the city, halfway between the city of Trujillo and Huanchaco.

 

City of the Long walls archeological site of Chan Chan

The ancient monument of Chan Chan has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986 and has been compared with Teotihuacan in Mexico and the cities of ancient Egypt.

Other nearby ruins of the Moche or Mochica civilization, are the temple of "Huaca El Sol" (The Sun Temple), the largest adobe pyramid in Peru, the Temple of "Huaca La Luna" (the Moon Temple) a center of worship and religious ceremonies, and El Brujo (the Witch).

 

 

Puerto Malabrigo
The beaches of Malabrigo, also known as Chicama, (75 km northwest of Trujillo city) are internationally known for its surf beaches where you will find the longest left wave in the world. Every year, around late March and early April, there is a National Surfing Championship (Campeonato Tradicional de Tabla Hawaiana ’Marinera’) with surfers from all over the world.

 


Huanchaco

Huanchaco beach, outskirts of Trujillo, Peru
The most famous beach close to the city of Trujillo is Huanchaco (11km), one of the districts of Trujillo and a prime spot for surfing. Other known beaches are: Balneario, Playa azul, La ribera, La poza, El silencio and La curva.

 

Huanchaco beach in Trujillo, Peru

One of the main attractions of the coastal city of Huanchaco are the “caballitos de totora”, reed fishing canoes that locals use to ride waves, legacy of the Moche and Chimu civilization.

 

Huanchacho beach and totora canoes in Trujillo

The reed is a type of perennial aquatic plant that grows in South America, widely used in Peru since ancient times, specially by the Uros people who live on Lake Titicaca on floating "totoras" reed islands.

Huanchaco pier, Trujillo, Peru

After a fishing day, especially at sunset, the fishermen park the “caballitos de totora” vertically to drain, creating a unique landscape of the waterfront of Huanchaco beach.

 

Best sunset on the pacific ocean, Huanchaco beach, sunset Beach in  Trujillo, Peru

El Malecon of Huanchaco offers a variety of hotels and restaurants where you can try peruvians typical "ceviche" raw seafood marinated in citrus juices, accompanied by a Pilsen Trujillo beer. Delight yourself with the spectacular ocean view and enjoy breathtaking sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.

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