is such a pleasant and enchanting town that one can spend hours simply walking through the same streets or sitting on a bench of some romantic square, as the city seduces whoever goes there, making you never want to leave.
Despite this feeling, which you're sure to experience if you go to Trujillo,
it's best to escape, if only for a moment, from this seduction. You can visit the archeological remains in the city outskirts or nearby beaches, like Huanchaco, where you can watch brave fishermen ride out to sea on fragile "Caballitos de Totora", a traditional pre-Inca craft made with compressed reeds.
To visit in Trujillo:
Churches and Temples, Colonial and Republican Mansions, Archeological Remains.
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Churches and Temples
he Cathedral: On a corner of the Main Square (Plaza de Armas), Trujillo
Cathedral was built in 1616 and destroyed by the earthquakes of 1619 and 1635. The temple has three naves and an exquisitely engraved lower choir. In its museum you can see baroque "retablos", and centuries old canvases and sculptures.
Iglesia del Carmen (Church of El Carmen) is considered the grandest of all archeological groups in the region and a priceless example of Hispano-American art. The temple was built over an artificial adobe platform, which could suggest the presence of underground catacombs.
In 1759, it was seriously damaged by an earthquake; nonetheless, the main "retablo", considered a masterpiece in the style of Churriguera, was not the least bit damaged.
Other temples: Other temples to be visited are San Francisco, with its majestic altars at either side of the aisle and its collection of "retablos"; La Merced, an age-old construction with its flat, perpendicular facade; Santa Clara, with its elaborate golden altar; Belén, holding some beautiful paintings and Santo Domingo, with its three naves of Doric columns.
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he old mansions and manors of Trujillo
are distinguished for their solemn and austere facades. Inside, their impressive halls are overflowing with ornaments.
window railings are a truly unique feature of the mansions. Like genuine iron lacework painted in black or white, they seem like incandescent baskets fixed to the walls of the facades.
The House of Ganoza-Chopitea, with a polychromatic front in the baroque style, crowned by a rococo frontispiece and two lions, is the city's most representative example of Trujillano
Also worth a visit are the Houses of Mayorazgo, as old as the city itself, and holding one of Peru's greatest numismatic collections; of the Marquises of Herrera y Valle Hermoso, on one of the corners of the Main Square; of Don Luis Fernando Ganoza, of the Counts of Aranda and of Mariscal Orbegoso.
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he City of Chan-Chan,
the world's largest
city built out of adobe, is located in the Moche, or as it was originally Chimor or Chimu, valley, 4 kilometers northwest of Trujillo.
The ancient capital of the Chimu peoples, who settled in the Moche valley between the 12th and 15th centuries, sheltered up to 60 thousand inhabitants and extended over 20 square kilometers, starting not far from the port of Huanchaco and running up to the Cerro Campana (Campana Hill). Courtyards, homesteads, storage sites, workshops, labyrinths, walls, roads and pyramidal temples, are the remains so far discovered. Its magnificent walls, decorated with geometrical reliefs, are its most outstanding feature.
Chan-Chan, also known as "Ciudad de la Luna" (City of the Moon) or "de las Largas Murallas" (of the Long Walls), has been compared with Teotihuacan in Mexico and the ancient cities of Egypt.
The Huacas del Sol and de la Luna
("Huacas" of the Sun and of the Moon) about 5 kilometers south of Trujillo,
are the remains of the administrative and ceremonial center of the Mochica culture, which developed one thousand years prior to the arrival of the Spaniards.
The Huaca del Sol preserves only a third
of its original structure. In the past, it may have been as much as 345 meters long, 160 meters wide and 30 meters high. According to legend it was built in one day, and is considered the largest "huaca" in Peru, as 140 million adobe bricks were used to build it.
The Huaca de la Luna covers an area of approximately 290 meters, north to south, and 210 meters, east to west. It has three imposing adobe platforms, joined by four courtyards at different levels. One of these courtyards has a stone outcrop which, was without doubt used for ceremonial purposes.
Complejo del Brujo
(El Brujo Complex): This complex in on the right margin of the Chicama valley, province of Ascope, and only 60 minutes from Trujillo.
It is the most important complex currently under full research. A huge pyramid; 30 meters high and over 15 centuries old is the complex's most notable feature. Reliefs portraying the life of Mochica rulers have been discovered on its walls.