Trujillo & beyond
Peru is one of the most exciting countries on earth to visit. With the Andes mountains, the Amazon Rain forest and hundreds of miles of Pacific beaches. Beyond its amazing geography, it also has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Long before the Spanish were the Incas, and long before them were the Moche and other cultures.
Trujillo is a Spanish colonial city known as the City of Eternal Spring for its great weather. Full of history with colonial mansions, it is a modern bustling city and the education center of Northern Peru with several prominent universities. It offers an active nightlife offering clubs and live music, as well as cinema and theatres.
Just 20 minutes from Trujillo, you will find the important archaeological sites of Chan Chan and La Huacas Del Sol y De la Luna. Also nearby is the seaside town of Huanchaco: a surfing resort full of sea fish restaurants. A great place to try Ceviche.
Within 2 hours of Trujillo, you will arrive at the wine-growing region of Cascas, the Andes town of Otuzco, or the longest right-hand wave in the world at Chicama.
Every month students take weekend trips together. Perhaps the most popular weekend trip from Trujillo is to Huaraz, with the highest mountains in Peru and the best trekking. Another popular destination is Cajamarca, a lovely Andes town full of history. Mancora is an excellent option for beach lovers, where they can also swim with giant sea turtles.
Of course, Peru is best known for Cusco and Machu Picchu. Many choose to visit at the end of their elective. Direct flights are available from Trujillo to Cusco.
For Peruvians, the most exciting destination of 2018 is Chachapoyas & Kuelap. Kuelap was nominated as one of the top world destinations for 2018 by the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. It is considered to be the new Machu Picchu, but with just 1% of the tourists.