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Trujillo 13001, Peru
The Plaza de Armas in the Peruvian city of Trujillo is lined with brightly painted colonial buildings with dark wood Spanish balconies. The balconies were built so proper Spanish ladies could look out on the plaza without being seen. Today, locals...
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Trujillo 13001, Peru

In every sense, you can’t miss the Trujillo Cathedral: This massive, canary-yellow building accented in the architectural equivalent of white cake piping dominates one corner of the Plaza de Armas—and begs to be explored. (The current...

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Av. Buenos Aires 51, Trujillo, Peru

Not just the capital of northern Peru, Trujillo is also the official National Capital of Marinera (marinera being the most famous and fun-to-watch dance on the coast). The dance is essentially an epically romantic reenactment of old-fashioned...

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Valle de Moche, Moche, Peru

Visit the ruins of Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna, 15 minutes from Trujillo. Predating the Inca, the Mochica began to flourish in this area around 100 C.E., and these sister sites, both built around 450 C.E., are considered two of the...

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Huanchaco, Peru

Twenty minutes from Trujillo sits the beach town of Huanchaco, home to the famous caballitos de totora. Believed to date back 3,000 years, these wave-riding vessels fashioned from reed are still in use by local fisherfolk, whose forebears...

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Jirón Ayacucho 682, Trujillo 13001, Peru

Head to a place that succeeds in squeezing many centuries’ worth of artifacts from multiple civilizations into a manageable—and beautiful—17th-century mansion: the Museo de Arqueología UNT (National University of Trujillo...

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Jirón Gamarra, Trujillo 13001, Peru

Casa de la Emancipación, the scene of Peru’s first declaration of independence from Spain in 1820 (one of a series of events that ultimately led to independence a few years later), is more than a pretty facade. Though the...

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G De La Vega 120, La Esperanza, Peru

Not your average suburban sighting, Huaca del Dragón—also known as Huaca Arco Iris—is among the best-preserved Chimu ruins, and it’s just five kilometers (three miles) outside of central Trujillo. A thick...

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Jirón Francisco Pizarro 688, Trujillo 13001, Peru

A glimpse into the world of Trujillo’s upper crust, the 19th-century Palacio Iturregui—a bright yellow neoclassical beauty with a large central courtyard, elaborate window gratings, copious columns, gold ceiling moldings and marble...

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Built of mud and adobe, Chan Chan—the nine-square-mile former capital of the Chimú empire (850–1470)—was the most expansive city of its time. Wander along pathways with a guide to see wall reliefs that depict creatures from the nearby Pacific. You...
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485, Jirón Independencia, Trujillo 15333, Peru

Set in the iconic Libertador Hotel—right on the Plaza de Armas—Las Bóvedas offers a beautiful backdrop for fabulous food. Under a vaulted brick ceiling, you can try the likes of shámbar, a stew garnished with fried corn.

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Av. Juan Pablo II 463 - 467, Trujillo 13001, Peru

Serving up rich northern Peruvian specialties such as fried sea bass in lobster sauce and goat with beans—plus some of the best ceviche in town—El Mochica is a perennial favorite set in a lovely colonial building not far from the Plaza...

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Av. Larco 954, Victor Larco Herrera 13009, Peru

The widely varied menu at Fiesta Trujillo Gourmet includes everything from garlicky duck tortillas (Peruvian omelets) to a trio of ceviches: classic, warm and spicy. There’s also a great local liquor list if you’re so inclined.

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Centro Cívico, Jirón Independencia 701, Trujillo 13001, Peru

At the warm, wood-paneled Museo Café Bar—owned by the beloved toy museum (Museo del Jugete) around the corner—you’ll find a great cocktail menu to accompany the international snacks on offer. And if you can't decide among...

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Jirón Bolivar 522, Trujillo 13007, Peru

The turkey sandwiches at Juguería San Agustín—a little shop not far from the Plaza de Armas—are legendary. As is the house ají (a spicy condiment). But rivaling the sandwiches are the juices, particularly the...

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Jirón Ayacucho, Trujillo 13001, Peru

Head to the Central Market in Trujillo not so much for the stuff as for the scene: an authentic, non-touristy sprawl of local vendors in the historic center of town. On the other hand, among the meats, fruits, veggies, clothes and sundries, you...

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Jirón Bolognesi 780, Trujillo 13001, Peru

Inspired by the local horse culture, you may well want to pick up a custom pair of boots—or a belt—at Trujillo's Creaciones Cerna, where you’ll find a whole variety of skins to choose from.

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Huanchaco, Peru

A workshop dedicated to reclaiming and preserving ancient local craft techniques—and using them to create gorgeous modern pieces—Huanchaco’s Artesanía del Norte is a great place to pick up ceramics and textiles: some...

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Huanchaco, Peru

Street jewelry is the perfect impulse buy: so cheap that—frankly—why not; and often so cute, you’ll wind up wearing your travel memories around long after you’re home. And the Mercado de Artesanía in Huanchaco is...