Plaza de Armas Tours

Plaza de Armas
Sitting in Trujillo’s Plaza de Armas—the large square that forms the heart of the city’s historical district—there is a surreal feeling knowing this is the spot from which modern Peru began. On the Spanish conquistadores’ push through the continent in search of silver and gold, the city of Trujillo was founded when this square was created in 1534. Nearly 300 years later, in 1820, it would be from right here in the Plaza de Armas that Trujillo would become the first city in Peru to announce its independence from Spain. 

Despite the fact that modern day Trujillo is one of the largest cities in Peru, the historical center around the Plaza de Armas has retained its Colonial charm. The distinctive architecture of 17th century Spain forms a ring around the square, and colors such as the pastel yellow of the Trujillo Cathedral and the deeply rich blue of the Archdiocese, infuse the square with a sense of life which seems to permeate everyone who visits. 

In the center of the square, interspersed amongst the throngs of pedestrians and locals on a midday stroll, the Freedom Monument springs from the crowd in an artistic form of defiance. Set atop a granite base, the uppermost statue of a man with raised fist is an enduring symbol Trujillo’s quest for liberation and independence. By night, the Colonial buildings around the Plaza de Armas are bathed in hundreds of lights, and walking through the illuminated Plaza de Armas is one of Trujillo’s most romantic displays.

Practical Info

The Plaza de Armas is located in the center of the historical district of Trujillo. Many of the city’s Colonial attractions are within one block of the Plaza, and while visiting the Plaza is relatively safe, visitors should be acutely aware of their belongings as it is a known hangout for pickpockets.
Address: Centro Historico, Trujillo, Peru
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Private Combo Tour: Trujillo Sightseeing, Archeology Museum, Temples of the Sun and Moon, Huanchaco and Chan Chan

Explore Trujillo and its nearby archeological sites on a day-long tour. First, set out on a private sightseeing tour of Trujillo—stopping at attractions like the beloved Central Market. Then set out for a guided tour the National University of Archeology, Anthropology and History and a visit to the Temples of Moche (which includes the Temples of the Sun and Moon) and Huanchaco, a picturesque beachside town. Cap off your day wandering among the ancient ruins of Chan Chan, the former capital of Peru's Chimú people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Trujillo City Sightseeing Tour and National University Archeological Museum

Get acquainted with Trujillo during a 3-hour sightseeing excursion that visits the city's main sights and attractions. You'll enjoy a guided tour of the National University of Trujillo Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History and explore such places as the Plaza de Armas and Plazuela El Recreo, in the city's historic center. For a more one-on-one experience, upgrade from a group to a private tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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