Visit the Peruvian coastal city of Trujillo to discover a fascinating history set amongst beautiful beaches. Discover archaeological ruins that pre-date the Incas and historic architecture from many centuries ago.

Get a feel for Trujillo’s colonial roots in the city’s historical center. At its heart is the grand Plaza de Armas (Parade Square), surrounded by pastel-colored buildings and the impressive yellow Trujillo Cathedral. Stroll along Francisco Pizarro Street to Plazuela El Recreo. Here, you’ll find a historic gate and fragments of the original city wall. The wall stood from the 17th to 19th centuries and served to protect the city from pirate attacks. Don’t miss Casa Ganoza Chopitea, one of Trujillo’s best-preserved colonial mansions.

Learn about Peruvian history and discover pre-Columbian art treasures at the Museo Arqueología. Examine the extensive ceramics collection at the Mueso Cassinelli and admire the rotating art exhibitions at Casa de la Emancipación.

Don’t miss a trip to Chan Chan, the biggest pre-Columbian city in the Americas, located about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Trujillo. Marvel at the mud-brick temples and palaces built by pre-Inca cultures such as the Chimú and Moche people. Chan Chan is also home to some of South America’s most significant pyramids, including Huaca del Arco Iris and Huaca del Sol.

With warm year-round temperatures, Trujillo’s beaches are ever-popular. Make the short drive to Huanchaco, a onetime peaceful fishing village that is now a favorite hangout for backpackers and surfers.

Trujillo’s residents know how to have fun and celebrate their heritage through various festivals. Watch traditional dance performances during January’s Marinera Festival, and in October and November join the carnival-style parades that take over the streets.

Trujillo is around 350 miles (550 kilometers) north of Lima, the capital of Peru, and is well served by long-distance buses. Trujillo’s taxis are inexpensive and make exploring the city easy.

Known for

Ruins, Historical Buildings and UNESCO Site

Top Hotels in Trujillo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Costa del Sol Trujillo Centro
3.5 out of 5
Jiron Independencia 485, Plaza de Armas, Trujillo
$76/night
Aug 9 - Aug 10
4.7/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)

"Great service! Everyone was very helpful! Will definitely be coming back."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Costa del Sol Trujillo Centro
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Wyndham Costa del Sol Trujillo
4 out of 5
Los Cocoteros 505, Víctor Larco Herrera
$81/night
Aug 4 - Aug 5
4.4/5Wonderful! (174 reviews)

"Service and facilities. Clean, good food, best pisco sour"…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

Wyndham Costa del Sol Trujillo
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Casa Andina Premium Trujillo
4 out of 5
Av El Golf 591 Urbanizacion, Víctor Larco Herrera
$89/night
Aug 18 - Aug 19
4.6/5Exceptional! (171 reviews)

"Nice and clean. Friendly front desk staff. Free shuttle from airport."…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Casa Andina Premium Trujillo

Popular things to do in Trujillo

Huanchaco Beach
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Huanchaco Beach

Ride the waves on a surfboard, stretch out on the sand and visit an ancient city at this laid-back town on Peru's northwestern coast. 

Trujillo Plaza de Armas
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Trujillo Plaza de Armas

Visit an elegant 17th-century cathedral, view colorful colonial buildings and be part of cultural events at Trujillo’s animated main square.

Chan Chan
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Chan Chan

Just outside Trujillo is the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas, an astonishing walled city filled with temples, palaces, tombs and art.

Top activities in Trujillo

Show: Marinera & Peruvian Paso Horse
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Show: Marinera & Peruvian Paso Horse

$19

Visit the Casa Campo “Alcor” and experience an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a spectacular horse show. Be dazzled by the northern sailor in charge of two professional dancers. ITINERARY: 13:00. - 3:00 PM. Visita a la Casa Campo “Alcor” y vive la Marinera Norteña.

Sandboarding in Salaverry Trujillo
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Sandboarding in Salaverry Trujillo

$34

Surf down the impressive Salaverry sand dunes on a 2.5-hour excursion from Trujillo. Learn how to take control of the sand ‘waves’ and become a sandboarder in no time with help from your guide.

3-Day Chiclayo & Trujillo Tour
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3-Day Chiclayo & Trujillo Tour

$748

See the architectural jewels left behind in northern Peru by some of the land's great rulers. Admire awesome works in precious metals, elaborate friezes, and historic tombs for a look at the civilizations that thrived throughout the pre-Columbian era.

Sandboarding in Conache Lake and Show of Peruvian Paso Horse
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Sandboarding in Conache Lake and Show of Peruvian Paso Horse

$31

Huge beautiful virgin sand dunes surrounding an oasis lake (great swimming) - the sandboarding added adrenaline to this wonderful experience. Don't forget sunblock and a hat with a visor is also a good idea What's Included. ITINERARY: 07:30 a.m.

Trujillo Archaeological: El Brujo & Dama of Cao
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Trujillo Archaeological: El Brujo & Dama of Cao

$19

Walk the Huaca El Brujo, one of the most important religious and political centers of the Moche culture. Visit the district of Magdalena de Cao, where you can appreciate the Huaca Cao Viejo and Museum of the Lady of Cao, Huaca el Brujo.

Temple of the Moon and Huacas Moche
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Temple of the Moon and Huacas Moche

$18

If there's one must-see archaeological site in the region, this is it. The Temples of the Sun and the Moon, attributed to the Moche period, are more than 700 years older than Chan Chan, yet parts of the complex are remarkably well preserved.

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