Trujillo: The City of Eternal Spring
Trujillo is located near the Pacific Ocean and the coastal desert in the department of Lambayeque in north-eastern Peru.
Trujillo’s folklore, cuisine, crafts and architectural monuments are evidence of its rich historical past.
During a visit to Trujillo, you cannot miss Chan Chan, El Brujo and its Cao Museum, or the mystifying Huaca del Sol y de la Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon).
The Chan Chan Citadel
Located 6.5 km northeast of Trujillo, in the Moche Valley, the Chan Chan Citadel was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 as it is the largest mud city built in the Americas before the arrival of the Spaniards.
The architecture of the Chan Chan Citadel reflects different aesthetic, scientific and social values that were treasured during the Chimú civilization.
El Brujo and Cao Museum Architectural Complex
The architectural complex of El Brujo and its Cao Museum are one hour drive from Trujillo in the Chicama Valley. The site has three main huacas (temples) all 5,000 years old: Huaca Prieta, Huaca Cao and Huaca Cortada. The highlight of the complex is the wall used for ceremonial rituals (sacrifices) where you can see remnants of the Moche iconography. The most famous image is the "Executioner of Heads".
La Dama de Cao is one of the most important pre-Columbian archaeological discoveries in America and has come to light only recently. Scientists think that the Lady of Cao was a outstanding political figure that influenced the development of the Moche culture.
La Huaca Del Sol y La Luna (Temples of the Sun and Moon)
The Huaca Del Sol y La Luna are close to the city of Trujillo. According to local scientists the Huaca del Sol was an administrative centre; while the Huaca de la Luna was a ceremonial site of primary importance. The Temples symbolize human creativity since the first civilizations before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors.