One thing to keep in mind about travel is that not all of it is exciting. Sometimes it is hard, boring, or even disappointing. Not all places are thrilling. Not all cities have abundant things with which they can capture a tourist’s attention. Trujillo, in northern Peru, is one of those places. While it is worth a visit, you probably won’t be staying here very long.
Also known as the City of Eternal Spring, Trujillo does have great weather going for it. As well, it’s located near the coast by the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish founded the city in 1534 and so it is a typical colonial city. Trujillo is located near a few archaeological sites of interest making it a good base for various day trips. Other than that, there isn’t a whole lot to say about Trujillo, in my opinion.
What to do and see in Trujillo
Honestly? Not much, really. It is a nice enough city with colonial architecture, bright colours, and pleasant temperatures. But nothing unique. At most, Trujillo will capture your attention for a few hours…and that is only if you enjoy colonial buildings. After you have wandered the streets, strolled around the ubiquitous Plaza de Armas, viewed the remnants of the 17th century city walls, and visited a few colonial churches and houses, there won’t be much else to do. If you don’t believe me, take the ‘hop on hop off’ bus tour (remember to wear a hat). Some of the things they pointed out absolutely baffled me as they would be of no interest to the average visitor. Quite frankly, the tour, while pleasant enough, was mostly boring.
Should you visit Trujillo?
In my opinion, you’re not missing much if you skip it. However, the main reason why I do say check it out is that the city is a good base for day trips. You can either stay in Trujillo itself or if you choose to stay in the nearby old fishing village of Huanchaco, well, you’re in the area so why not check out Trujillo for an afternoon as well?
Day trips from Trujillo include: Chan Chan, one of the oldest adobe cities in the world, ancient temples such as the Huaca del Dragon and the Huaca de la Luna y del Sol, and the amazing sunsets by the beaches of Huanchaco.