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How to Spend 3 Days in Trujillo

How to Spend 3 Days in Trujillo

The city of Trujillo has a bit of an identity crisis; stuck somewhere between beach town and archeological playground, there is also a heavy Colonial presence that dominates the center of the city. Luckily for travelers visiting Trujillo, it’s possible to experience all the different identities over the course of three action-packed days.  

Day 1: Temples and Ruins

Trujillo is known more than anything else for its well-preserved temples and ruins. It only makes sense, then, to begin the day at Chan Chan—the largest adobe city found anywhere in the world and the capital of the Chimu Empire. While smaller temples—such as the Temple of the Dragon—are included in the Chan Chan entrance fee, the main highlight is Tschudi Palace and its exquisitely carved alleyways and walls. In the afternoon, travel back almost 2,000 years to the days of the Moche Empire, and stare in wonder at the hand painted murals at the temple of Huaca de la Luna.  

Day 2: El Brujo and Colonial Trujillo

Before diving into the Colonial charms, spend the morning taking a drive to the temple complex at El Brujo. The distance from the city makes for fewer visitors, although the excavated tombs and cultural relics offer no less fascination or intrigue. Back in Trujillo after the morning at El Brujo, spend the afternoon enjoying the sites that were so eloquently constructed by the Spanish. Tour the interior of Casa Urquiaga to get a feel for the Colonial elite, and examine the collection of religious artwork at the historic El Carmen Church. By night, stroll the happening Plaza de Armas with its soaring monuments and statues, and photograph the yellow Trujillo Cathedral illuminated against the night sky. 

Day 3:  Sand and Surf

After two days of Trujillo history, enjoy a day of action and adventure along the wild Peruvian coastline. Take a sandboarding tour to slide down dunes that loom above rural villages, or spend the day exploring surf culture at the coastal suburb of Huanchaco. While here, take a ride on acaballito de totora to experience the world’s first surf craft, and end the day with a plate of ceviche while watching the sun sink into the sea.

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Private Combo Tour: Trujillo Sightseeing, Archeology Museum, Temples of the Sun and Moon, Huanchaco and Chan Chan

Private Combo Tour: Trujillo Sightseeing, Archeology Museum, Temples of the Sun and Moon, Huanchaco and Chan Chan

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.80
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Trujillo City Sightseeing Tour and National University Archeological Museum

Trujillo City Sightseeing Tour and National University Archeological Museum

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48.70
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3-Day Empires of the North, Mochicas & Chimus (Chiclayo & Trujillo)

3-Day Empires of the North, Mochicas & Chimus (Chiclayo & Trujillo)

Peru may be known for its Inca heritage, but the country was also home to many fascinating pre-Incan peoples. Explore their history and cultures on a guided 3-day archeological tour from Chiclayo to Trujillo. Delve into the ancient worlds of the Sicán, Chimú, and Moche civilizations with visits to Huaca Rajada (1987 excavation site of the Lord of Sipán mummy ) the Valley of the Pryamids, the former Chimú captial of Chan Chan and much more. Choose from a variety of budget-friendly lodgings to further enchance this multi-day trip.
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  • 3 days
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US$692.00
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Private Arrival Transfer: Trujillo Airport to Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Trujillo Airport to Hotel

Get a head start on your Trujillo holiday with an easy ground transfer to your Trujillo lodging. Simply book ahead and an expert driver will meet you upon arrival to Capitán FAP Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport, transporting you in a private and comfortable air-conditioned vehicle directly to your hotel. No waiting in shuttle or taxi lines with this 24-hour service!
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$21.20
Price varies by group size
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