Backpacking, Peru, South America

6 Things to do in Trujillo

Originally I planned to spend a quick couple of days in Trujillo on my way down south, but as it turned out to be a charming town, with lots of activities close by, I ended up staying for a week. Here are a couple of things worth doing in Trujillo and the area around.

1. Check out the main square and the area around it.

The main square of Trujillo is surrounded by colonial colorful houses, museums, bars and small places to eat. Spend a day walking the streets here.

Carvings in the walls in the Chan Chan ruins, supposed to be sea otters.

Huaca de la Luna, The temple of the Moon

2. Chan Chan and the Museum of the Moon

The Chan Chan ruins are the largest ruins in South America from the pre-Columbian era, dated from around AD 1300. They cover about 20 sq km and are visible as huge hills in the otherwise flat desert landscape. Although the ruins are big, there are only one of the seven sights that are open for visitors at the moment, as frequent floods from the close by river El Niño have ruined a lot of the sights: But Tschudi is restored, and still really impressive. When I was there, parts of the Tschudi complex was closed after the massive floods in the whole north of the country earlier the same year.
Visit the museum of the Moon, the guided tour there is included and the fact that they kept on building new construction on top of the old ones for centuries, makes it remarkably well kept. Definitely worth a visit!
You can visit both sights on the same day, remember to bring your student id for cheaper entrance!

3. Go to a Marinera dance show!

Marinera is a traditional dance from Trujillo. I stumbled upon a Marinera show on the main square on of my days in Trujillo and even got to participate in a free crash course. I loved it so much that my Couchsurfing host brought me to another show the day after, with horses and dancers a bit outside the city. The entrance was 20 soles and you can find it offered every Friday through several of the travel agencies around the main square. Definitely worth the time and money to see these amazing dancers flirt their way through an hour of traditional dance.

4. Eat at the market

As in every city, I recommend to visit the central market, Trujillo is no exception. The market had a variety of food, juices, and other stuff, that you didn’t know you needed.

5. Check out the worlds longest wave in Chicama.

A couple of hours away from Trujillo you can check out, and surf the worlds longest wave. It’s supposed to be over 3 km long on good days.

6. Take a trip to Huanchaco

The little surfer town Huanchaco is close enough to Trujillo for a day trip.s.It’s just a  15 min taxi ride or 45 min by bu They also claim to be home to the first surfers, as the fishermen used to surf their characteristic small reed boats, called “Caballitos de totora”, into shore after fishing. Huanchaco is more touristy but worth checking out for the surf, or party scene. I have to say that the waves were pretty crowded when I was there, and I would definitely prefer Lobitos as a beginner in surfing, as it’s less visited and has some perfect beginner waves too.

With this said, Trujillo is definitely worth a visit!


HEY friends! Are you headed for Peru and want more tips about things to do an places to go? Check out my post about the capital Lima HERE! I LOVED Lima and i recommend everyone to check this city out!

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