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The capital of the department of La Libertad, Trujillo has a history of alternative thinking – this was the first city to declare independence from Spain. Founded by the conquistadors, it still retains a distinctly Spanish flavor. Glamorous, grand and well preserved, it boasts wide plazas, elegant colonial mansions and a colorful atmosphere summed up by the bright pastel-painted facades of most of its buildings. Best explored on foot, the city has architectural gems aplenty as well as lots of churches filled with interesting art and features. There’s also a surprisingly cosmopolitan ambiance making it a charming place to spend time. Prior to ...

The capital of the department of La Libertad, Trujillo has a history of alternative thinking – this was the first city to declare independence from Spain. Founded by the conquistadors, it still retains a distinctly Spanish flavor. Glamorous, grand and well preserved, it boasts wide plazas, elegant colonial mansions and a colorful atmosphere summed up by the bright pastel-painted facades of most of its buildings. Best explored on foot, the city has architectural gems aplenty as well as lots of churches filled with interesting art and features. There’s also a surprisingly cosmopolitan ambiance making it a charming place to spend time. Prior to the Spanish the area was at the heart of a number of pre-Columbian cultures and close by remain a selection of impressive archaeological sites, including the Moche temples to the Sun and Moon and the monumental ruins at Chan Chan, a series of royal palaces in the desert belonging to the Chimu culture. It’s not all old ruins though: the nearby resort of Huanchaco has both beaches and surf breaks for people to revel in.

Alex Stewart
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Alex Stewart is the author of the Bradt travel guide Peru Highlights and the Inca Trail trekking guide The Inca Trail, Cusco and Machu Picchu, published by Trailblazer. He has updated other material for Rough Guides, Thomas Cook and Trailblazer.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Trujillo, a city in northwestern Peru, is the capital of La Libertad Region. It is located on the banks of the Moche River, near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean.
  • Language: Spanish & native languages
  • Currency: Peruvian Nuevo Sol
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    The high seasons are September, and December to March, when conditions are hot and sunny. Summer lasts until April.