It is located at north coast of Peru; it has beaches, fertile valleys, mountains and jungle.
Temples, pyramids and cities of mud that survive inclement weather: Chan Chan, Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon, el Brujo are some of the most remarkable attractions in Trujillo.
It offers exquisite colonial architecture in the beautiful mansions that line its streets, living culture with deeply-rooted customs like fishing on Caballitos de Tortora (the traditional reed rafts of the northern coast).
It has renowned beaches that attract surfers from around the world and It is also the birthplace of the seductive “Marinera”, the national dance of Peru.
The main attractions in Trujillo are:
Chan Chan Citadel
It is the largest pre-Hispanic mud city in the Americas. Chan Chan is thought to have been the capital of the Chimú kingdom. Archaeologists believe that it housed over 100,000 workshops, streets, walls and pyramid-shaped temples. Its massive walls are decorated with geometric figures, stylized animals and mythological creatures.
Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon
The Temple of the Sun, served as a political-administrative center and the Temple of the Moon as a ceremonial center. The Urban Zone is located between the two and composed of houses, large avenues, alleys, passages and plazas, confirming the high levels of political, religious, economic and social organization in the Moche culture.
Dragon or Rainbow Temple
It is an adobe pyramid, which is of great importance because its construction is believed to have occurred at the start of the Chimú culture and at the end of the Tiahuanco–Wari culture, between the 10th and 11th centuries. It is estimated to be 1,100 years old. The building has a quadrangular shape and walls decorated with tall reliefs that depict zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures.
According to legend, Prince Tacaynamo and his entourage landed in Huanchaco 800 years ago, founding the first Chimú dynasty. “Caballitos de totora” (reed horses), traditional rafts used by fisherman on the north coast of Peru since the pre-Hispanic era, still navigate its waters. It is one of the most popular Peruvian beaches for surfing enthusiasts.
El Brujo Archeological Site
It comprises three buildings: Huaca Prieta, Huaca Cao and Huaca Cortada. Seeing the large, 30-metre high adobe pyramid (sacrificial wall), whose walls are decorated with rich Moche iconography, is a must.
It is located on a wide and windy beach and known by surf enthusiasts for having the longest left-hander in the world.