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Trujillo 

Trujillo is the administrative center of La Libertad department and is located in the North coast of Peru. This city is known as The city of the everlasting spring, because of its sunny and pleasant weather all year-round. The city of Trujillo was one of the first cities founded by the Spaniards in 1534, although its surroundings had been inhabited by indigenous peoples. It is said that Diego Almagro founded the city and Pizarro formalised it one year later. At this time, the city prospered thanks to sugar cane and it was also an important religious center. It can be underlined that the city played a substancial judicial role during the independance process. The city center contains many examples of colonial and religious architecture and various archeological sites that prove the greatness of Trujillo. Culturally speaking, Trujillo holds a lot of events as the "festival internacional de la primavera" in September and the national marinera contest in January.


Sights

Chan Chan : It is the largest adobe city in the Americas. At the height of the Chimú empire, it housed  approximately 60,000 inhabitants and contained a vast wealth of gold, silver and ceramics. The ruins include squares, houses, warehouses, workshops, labyrinth and pyramidal temples.

Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor : Trujillo's main square is the largest of the country and hosts an impressive statue dedicated to work, arts and liberty. The Cathedral fronts the Plaza; it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1759 and rebuilt afterwards. It hosts a museum of religious and colonial art.

Monasterio del Carmen : Built in 1724, the monastery is on of the most beautiful building of Trujillo. It has a collection of about 150 paintings dating from the XII and XIIIth centuries.

Iglesias de Santa Clara y San Augustín : They were built in 1548 and 1558. They have wooden altars and pictorial works of art.


Iglesia de la Compañía : Built in the XVIIth century, this church was part of the Jesuit monastery, its courtyard is surrounded by magnificient arches.

Casonas : Trujillo preserves some typical houses from the first years of the colonial Republic. They have spacious terraces, large rooms, basic facades, and wrought iron balconies and windows. Iturregui Palace, Maison Mayorazgo, Urquiaga House, and Casa Bracamonte Ganoza are the most famous ones.

Among the diffeent museums of the city, the Museo Arqueológico de la Universidad de Trujillo, the Zoological garden and José Cassinelli collection have to be underlined.

Some sites nearby the city enable the visitors to understand the ancient cultures of Peru : Huacas del Sol, del Dragón, Esmeralda, Toledo, el Obispo, Concha and Caballo Muerto.

Huanchaco : This old harbour of the colonial time, now is a high frequented seaside resort. There can be found the Totora horses, which are small boats used by the Mochica people and the Chimus to fish. Las Delicias and Buenos Aires are local beaches that are worth visiting.

Haciendas Casagrande, Cartavio and Chiclin: These farms are famous because they were big sugar producers.

Nearby attractions

Moche : It is a typical village located on the coast with a pleasant climate and a beautiful surrounding countryside full of fruit.

Otuzco : This small town with cobble-stone streets, cool weather and relaxed pace of life has to be seen. It housed the most important religious celebration of the North of Peru.

Coina : Andean region alongside the Chicama river. In this area with dry climate, we can find hot springs and pre-Inca ruins.

Huamachuco : Colonial city at 3,310 MASL which has preserved Inca ruins in Viracocha Pampa.

Santiago de Chuco : This town is located 148 km from Trujillo at 3,100 MASL and is known for its Apóstol Santiago El Mayor celebration. It is also famous because the poet Cesar Vallejo was born there.

Cachicadan : this picturesque place 183 km away from Trujillo is known for its hot spring, with a high concentration of iron, which is considered to be one of the best of the country, with temperatures of over 60° C.

Pacasmayo : This province has preserved some important ruins like Pacatnamú, Pitura, Tecapa, Pacanga and Chérrepe.

Chicama : Harbour situated in the Pacasmayo province. Its beaches are famous for attracting surfers from all over the world, looking for perfect waves.

Archeological complex of El Brujo: Located in the Ascope Province, it was built during the Mochicas times. It spreads over 2 km² and it also possesses a museum that shows the evolution suffered between 5000 BC and the colonial period.



 

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