Trujillo, located in the fertile Santa Catalina Valley, is one of Peru’s most beautiful cities (pop. 855,000). The historic town preserves magnificent aristocratic mansions and many baroque-style temples from the Spanish era. Main nearby attraction is Chan Chan, the world’s largest adobe complex, and the imperial city of the Chimu who ruled here before the Incas. South of Trujillo are the Moche pyramids of the Moon and Sun, the tallest adobe structures in the Americas. West of the city, on the coast, Huanchaco is an old-world fishing village whose inhabitants still fish from narrow, pointed reed boats (caballitos) as did their ancestors (and many today offer visitors exciting rides through the surf).
When to go
Trujillo has warm, sunny weather year ‘round with temperatures ranging from 65°F to 80°F. Best time to visit is May-December since summer (January-April) often brings high temperatures that can reach mid 90’s.
What to do
• Archaeological Sites: Include Chan Chan, imperial city of the ancient Chimu.
• Walking tours: The colonial district is a rewarding stroll any time of day.
• Huanchaco: A legendary fishing village famous for its unique reed boats