Trujillo is a city on the north coast of Peru, renowned for the pre-Incan archaeological sites in the area. It is also famed for its surfing beaches and beautiful colonial architecture in the city center.
Chan Chan was the largest pre-Columbian city in all of the Americas, and its ruins are now a major tourist attraction.
You will find some of the best waves in South America on this stretch of coastline, making Trujillo a magnet for surfers.
This is another stunning archaeological site, featuring the best preserved murals in Peru.
Laguna Conache is the place to go to for the unusual sport of sandboarding; think surfing on sand dunes instead of waves.
The colonial streets in the center of town are not to be missed, making Trujillo a beautiful place to walk and relax.
Trujillo has a mild desert climate and is known as the "City of Everlasting Spring" because of its pleasant year-round weather.
FAP Capitán Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport (TRU) serves the city with flights from other Peruvian cities. A taxi to the city center will cost around S/.16.45. Buses cost S/.1.50.
Trujillo is on the Pan-American Highway, with good connections from major cities to the north and south.
The city is served by a number of intercity bus companies. The fare from Lima is around S/.45.
Casa de Clara in Santa Clara offers good hostel accommodation in a quiet area just 10-minutes' walk from the city center. Hotel Gran Bolivar in the historic city center has spacious rooms with terraces in a good position.
Centro Histórico - this is the area around Plaza de Armas, featuring the city cathedral and much of the old colonial buildings. You will find a number of restaurants, good hotels, and busy bars.
Huanchaco Beach - this is a World Surfing Reserve and one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Trujillo region. It has a beautiful beach and a buzzing nightlife.
Víctor Larco Herrera - this is a coastal area to the west of the city center with lots of green space and the popular shopping area of Larco Avenue.
Buses cover the main routes in and around the city and fares are from S/.1.50.
Official taxis in Trujillo are yellow with a sticker of the city's coat of arms on the windshield. The meter drop is S/.5 and then the fare is S/.6 per mile.
Roads in Trujillo are generally well maintained and traffic is not too congested. Roads around the city may be unpaved, so care is needed. Car rental costs from S/.100.
Trujillo is famous for its shoe making, leather goods, and ceramics. Jirón Pizarro and Jirón Ayacucho are good choices for local crafts. The Mall Aventura Plaza and Real Plaza Trujillo focus on more mainstream international brands.
A quart of milk in Trujillo costs around S/.3.65 and a dozen eggs is S/.4.25.
Squalos on Diaz de Cienfuegos offers excellent local dishes with a focus on seafood, while Rincon de Vallejo on Orbegoso has traditional dishes at attractive prices. Expect to pay S/.10 for a dish in a laid-back cafe and S/.25 in a more upscale restaurant.