Destination guide: Trujillo, Peru
Trujillo is in northern Peru, in an area where you can still find the archaeological remains of the ancient cultures that used to live there. Trujillo has an exceptional climate which is pleasant all year round and which has earned it the nickname “the City of Eternal Spring".
Added to this is its exquisite cuisine and its fascinating places to visit and discover, such as the Huanchaco beach resort, Chicama Bay and the Sun and Moon Temples, as well as the adobe buildings in Chan-Chan. Fly with LAN and enjoy your trip to Trujillo.
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Stand in the right spot and the glamorously colonial streets of old Trujillo look like they’ve barely changed in hundreds of years. Well, OK, there are more taxis now – but the city still manages to put on a dashing show with its flamboyant buildings and profusion of churches. Francisco Pizarro founded Trujillo in 1534, and he thought so highly of this patch of desert he named it after his birthplace in Spain’s Estremadura. Spoiled by the fruits of the fertile Moche Valley, Trujillo never had to worry about money – wealth came easily. The town was besieged during the Inca rebellion of 1536 and in 1820 was the first Peruvian city to declare independence from Spain. The tradition continued into the 20th century, as bohemians flocked, poets put pen to paper (including Peru’s best poet, César Vallejo), and rebels raised their fists defiantly in the air.
The behemoth Chimú capital of Chan Chan is nearby, though little remains of what was once the largest adobe city in the world. Other Chimú sites bake in the surrounding desert, among them the immense and suitably impressive Moche Huacas del Sol y de la Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon), which date back 1500 years. When you get yourself ancient-cultured out, the village of Huanchaco beckons with its sandy beach, respectable surf and a more contemporary interpretation of sun worship.
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