Trujillo is an important tourist destination due to its location close to where the Moche and Chimu civilizations evolved. Also the city’s wrought-iron window railings are unique, while the Huanchaco beach is a famous surf destination.


Trujillo is located in northwest Peru and is the third largest city in the country. It is located in a valley, on the banks of the Moche River, near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean.

How to get to

The city is served by Trujillo airport (TRU), which has daily connections to the capital of Lima , as well as to some other domestic destinations. There is no train connection in the area, but Trujillo is well connected to the rest of the country by road. The city is located on the Pan-American Highway and has many connections to the capital , other cities in Peru and all the way to the border with Ecuador.


It is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” and has an extremely dry desert climate. The average temperature is 21C , with hot summer (32C) and mild winters (14C). The weather is sunny and pleasant year round.

Sample temperatures

Jan avg high 23C / avg low 19C
Feb-Mar avg high 25C / avg low 20C
Jul avg high 20C / avg low 16C
Aug- Sept avg high 19C / avg low 16C
Dec avg high 22C / avg low 18C




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Where to stay

There aren’t that many hotels or hostels available in the city, which means the prices can be quite high. Expect to pay from US$42 per night for private double room in a budget hotel and from US$26 per night in a private room in a hostel .

Things to do

Trujillo’s city center is home to many examples of colonial buildings which have the distinctive wrought ironwork. The feature can be seen in the historic casonas (mansions) , which attract many visitors.

Trujillo is located close to two major pre-Colombian archeological sites: Chan Chan — the largest adobe city in the world — and the temples of the Sun and Moon. The temple of the Sun is the largest adobe pyramid in Peru.

Chan Chan is sometimes called the City of the Moon (Ciudad de la Luna) because its inhabitants worshiped the Moon. The city has been compared with Teotihuacan (Mexico) and the ancient cities of Egypt.

Trujillo is also home to one of world-famous surfing beaches in the world: Huanchaco. It is located just north of the city.

Due to its location, the seafood is excellent so when you visit the city, don’t forget to sample these specialties.

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