Known as the city of Eternal spring for its mild year round climate, Trujillo is the 3rd largest city in Peru with a population of about 800,000. A Spanish colonial city with a rich history, it was first inaugurated in 1534. It was briefly home to Simon Bolivar and the first Peruvian City to declare its independence from Spain.
Whilst the historic center of the city is home to many colonial mansions and churches, Trujillo is also quickly changing with many of the features of a modern city including modern shopping malls, and a varied nightlife with live music and clubs. In the heart of the city and also close to our center there are many restaurants, bars and cafes offering a wide variety of cuisine.
For some ideas of places to visit and where to eat in the city, please see www.trujillo-peru.info a guide we have recently began putting together.
Huanchaco is considered to be a surfers paradise with several surf schools. The beachfront is packed with seafood restaurants selling the catch of the day. For serious surfers we also have Chicama nearby with one of the longest waves in the world.
On the edge of Trujillo lies the UNESCO world heritage site Chan Chan, the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America.
One hour outside of the city you are climbing up to the Andes mountains and will soon reach the charming town of Otuzco with famous religious icon, La Virgin de la Puerta.
The North of Peru has many wonderful attractions and destinations to visit. Students often use their weekends to visit these including:
Mancora and the surrounding area has the best beaches in Peru. Huaraz, the highest mountains in Peru with snow capped glaciers and fantastic hiking Huascaran National Park. Cajamarca is great place for a weekend. A mountain town has tons of history, and the place where the invading Spaniards kills the last Inca emperor, Atahuallpa. With direct flights from Trujillo, Cusco is another popular weekend option.