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Tourist attractions in Trujillo, Peru

We show you the tourist attractions that you can see in the historic center of Trujillo, Peru. A place not to be missed!

When most people think of Peru, they think of Machu Picchu. However, there is so much more to see in the country than just that one site. Trujillo is a city located in northwestern Peru and is full of rich history and culture. In this article, we want to show you the tourist attractions in Trujillo, Peru.

A bit of story about Trujillo

This valley was once the center of the ancient Moche and Chumu civilizations. The city was founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro and was named after his birthplace in Spain. It quickly became a thriving Spanish colony due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Today, Trujillo is known for its beautiful colonial architecture, tasty cuisine, and friendly people.

Other cities in America with the same name can be seen in Honduras, Venezuela and Colombia.

Trujillo Manhole Cover

Despite the fact that the objective for staying in Trujillo was to visit the Huaca de la luna (moon huaca) and Chan-chan, we couldn’t help taking a few walks through its charming historic center. In this article, we want to show you which tourist attractions Trujillo, the third most populous city in Peru, has.

How to get to Trujillo from Lima?

There are direct flights from Lima, it takes just over an hour to get there. By bus, depending on the company, it can take from 7 to 13 hours.

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Which are the tourist attractions in Trujillo, Peru?

If you want to know what is in Trujillo from the hand of a guide, you can hire this Trujillo & Archaeology Museum Tour or if you prefer a night vision, this Trujillo Private Night Tour.

Plaza de armas

It is the exact place where the city of Trujillo was founded. It is located in the central part of the Historic Center, around it are the building of the Municipal Palace of the city, the Cathedral of Trujillo, the Archbishopric of Trujillo, among others.

Furthermore, it is very pleasant to walk around the square. The floor is quite bright, and this is even more visible at night with the lights from the statues and buildings. I like the effect.

Trujillo cafeterias

At night, we went to one of the several coffee shops that are in the center, this one was on an upper floor overlooking the street. We had in front of us one of those classic Trujillo balconies. We stayed for a while watching people go by to the rhythm of the center.

Casa de la Emancipación

Historical building that can be visited for free. It is located one block away from the Plaza de Armas and bears that name (house of the emancipation) because the Independence of Peru was proclaimed there on December 29, 1820. Before that, it was known as the house of windows.

It was declared a historical monument in 1971, and today it belongs to the BBVA Foundation. In the house, in addition to being able to see the historical furniture, there are also cultural exhibition halls, that day there were several paintings.

Casa Urquiaga

Casa Urquiaga or Casa Calonge is an old-style house that is currently the headquarters of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru and a museum. You can visit for free (and also the visit is guided).

At the end, you can see several copies of currency and banknotes used in Peru over the years. A pleasant visit and something not to be missed in Trujillo.

Trujillo Cathedral and other churches

The Cathedral of Trujillo, also called Basilica Cathedral of Santa María, was built between 1647 and 1666 and its interior is quite sober (its exterior is also sober for a cathedral). In the third photo you can see the interior of another church, here the style is much more ornate.

In other words, in the center you can see various styles of church of that time.

Municipal market

To finish, we went to a municipal market where we ended up not buying anything, but we could see that there was everything for Trujillo homes, in fact it was a market more for locals than for tourism.


And so we end our brief visit to the center of Trujillo, where there is much to know.

See you later Trujillo

More tourist attractions to see in Trujillo, Peru and its surroundings

Many of these places are the reasons why people come to Trujillo, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article:

  • Chan Chan
  • Huaca arcoiris (rainbow huaca)
  • Huaca esmeralda (emerald huaca)
  • Huacas del Sol y de la Luna (sun and moon huacas)
  • El Brujo (the warlock)
  • Huanchaco beach

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Olga Grijalva

Olga is a traveler and travel content creator with 17 years of experience. Her goal is to share useful information to help you plan your adventures. She has visited more than 40 countries and is excited to share her experience with you.