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Colonial Sites in Trujillo

Colonial Sites in Trujillo

To Spanish conquistadors, the city of Trujillo was among the most important settlements of the New World. Founded in 1534 by Diego de Almagro, it was the first Peruvian city to declare independence from Spain in 1820 and remains Peru’s second-largest city. Retrace Trujillo’s colonial past at these historic sites.

Plaza de Armas

All visits to colonial Trujillo begin in the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square, located at the heart of the historic center. On one corner, the Cathedral Santa María is one of the city’s most photographed landmarks, while Edmund Möeller’s Freedom Monument stands proud over the central plaza.

Urquiaga House

The imposing Casa Urquiaga also looks out over the Plaza de Armas. This bright blue mansion dates back to 1604 and was famously the house from which Simon Bolivar helped foment the revolution. Inside, visitors can see Bolivar’s desk, admire the 17th- and 18th-century furnishings, and see a number of Chimu artifacts.

El Carmen Church

There are around a dozen churches in Trujillo’s historic center, but most notable is the enormous El Carmen Church, which occupies an entire city block. Its cream and red façade is typical of the city’s 18th-century colonial architecture, but even more impressive is the large collection of colonial art on display inside.

Casa de la Emancipación A short stroll from the Plaza de Armas, the Casa de la Emancipación was the site where the independence of Peru was declared in 1820. Now home to the BBVA Continental bank, it’s a striking mix of colonial and Republican styles, with bold yellow and red walls, and intricate wrought-iron balconies.

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Private Full Day Trujillo: Temple of the Dragon, Chan Chan & Huanchaco Beach

Private Full Day Trujillo: Temple of the Dragon, Chan Chan & Huanchaco Beach

Explore Trujillo and its nearby archeological sites on a day-long tour. First, set out on a private sightseeing tour of Trujillo—stopping at attractions like the beloved Central Market. Then set out for a guided tour the National University of Archeology, Anthropology and History and a visit to the Temples of Moche (which includes the Temples of the Sun and Moon) and Huanchaco, a picturesque beachside town. Cap off your day wandering among the ancient ruins of Chan Chan, the former capital of Peru's Chimú people.
  • 8 hours
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Price varies by group size