TRUJILLO


Trujillo, or the City of Eternal Springtime, as it is sometimes called, is an inviting destination located in the northwest of Peru. The city is known, not only for its constant springtime climate, but also for the hospitality of its inhabitants. The city center is filled with stately mansions and cobblestone streets left over from its colonial history and it is a great place to spend a few days exploring and enjoying the city"s tranquil pace of life. However, it is the nearby archeological site of Chan-Chan that most visitors come to see.

The city was founded in 1534 by Diego de Almagro, but formal recognition by King Charles I was not bestowed until November 23, 1537. Due to the city"s burgeoning wealth (and the many pirates that wanted to steal it) a wall was erected all the way around the city during the years 1685-1687, and remains standing to this day. After Peru"s proclamation of independence from Spain on December 20, 1821 the city was able to remain prosperous well into the next century due to its abundant agricultural means.

TRUJILLO HIGHLIGHTS

Chan- Chan - Covering an area of approximately 20 km#, Chan Chan was constructed by the Chimú people between 850 and 1470. The city was the imperial capital of the region until the Chimú were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. This impressive site is the world"s largest adobe city and once housed up to 30,000 inhabitants.

The city is composed of ten walled citadels containing palaces, temples, gardens, workshops and homes. Each of these citadels has a rectangular configuration with a north-facing entrance, high walls, and a maze of passages. The walls themselves were constructed using adobe (mud bricks) and then covered with a smooth surface into which intricate designs were carved.

Huacas de Moche - This archeological site is home to two large pyramid structures, the Huaca de la Luna and the Huaca del Sol. While the Huaca de la Luna is the smaller of the two, it yielded some impressive finds during the 1990s of brightly painted murals and reliefs. The Huaca de la Luna is a larger pyramid, and at 45m high was once the highest manmade structure in the Western Hemisphere. During the 17th century, the Huaca del Sol was damaged and looted by Spanish conquistadors and has been further eroded by weather, but it is still well worth a visit.

RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS

Restaurant De Marco
This small bistro specializes in Italian food, but also serves a great steak and fries. It"s excellent for creamy Italian desserts and ice cream. Price range - meal for two without drinks approx US $10-$20
Address: Pizarro 725. Tel: 44 23 4251

El Mochica
Housed in a beautiful colonial building El Mochica"s basic dining room is rather a contrast. However, they serve up a good variety of Creole and classic dishes, including grilled meats and corvina (sea bass). There is a second room with a bar and a stage for live music. Reservations are recommended on weekends. Price range - meal for two without drinks approx US $6 - $20
Address: Bolívar 462. Tel: 44 29 3441

Romano
This place has been around since 1951 and is located on one of the city´s main thoroughfares. Whipping up a decent espresso, as well as breakfast, snacks and meals all day, the Romano is one of the most popular eateries in town. Expect sandwiches, desserts, and a mainly Peruvian menu. It is very popular with locals, especially at lunchtime. Price range - meal for two without drinks approx US $8-$16
Address: Pizarro 747. Tel: 44 25 2251