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Ways to Experience Indigenous Culture in Trujillo

Ways to Experience Indigenous Culture in Trujillo

As the site of numerous ancient civilizations, Trujillo is rich in cultural relics, and the coastal city offers fascinating insight into the history and heritage of northern Peru. Here’s how to experience indigenous culture while in Trujillo.

  • Visit the beach town of Huanchaco and take a ride on a caballito de totora, a traditional reed-woven boat that is considered to be the world’s first surf craft.
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins of Chan Chan, the one-time capital of Peru's Chimú civilization, on a day trip from Trujillo.
  • Learn more about Trujillo’s ancient civilizations on a guided tour of the National University of Trujillo Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History.
  • Browse the stalls at Trujillo’s Mercado Central (Central Market) for traditional art and handicrafts.
  • Visit ancient sites including the Moche Temples of the Sun and Moon, and the Chimú Temple of the Dragon.
  • Experience a traditional marinera dance performance at a local restaurant or venue, or visit during the Marinera Festival in January.
  • Sample the local specialty ceviche —raw fish marinated in lime juice, onions, and spices—which has been a staple food in Trujillo for centuries.
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Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple

Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple

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Visit Trujillo’s most significant archeological site on a cultural full-day tour of the area’s most atmospheric and astounding ruins. Explore the sacred structures of the Temples of Moche; feast upon local specialties in the coastal town of Huanchaco; and discover South America’s biggest ancient city at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chan Chan. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, enrich your historical knowledge of the region on this exciting archeological excursion.
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  • 8 hours
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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

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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$159.00
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$159.00
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Private Tour Trujillo: Sightseeing, Museum, Sun & Moon, Chan Chan and Huanchaco.

Private Tour Trujillo: Sightseeing, Museum, Sun & Moon, Chan Chan and Huanchaco.

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Set out from Trujillo on a few-hour tour combining incredible archaeological sites with a trip to a popular beachside village. Your adventure begins with a visit to the Temple of the Dragon, known for its amazingly detailed friezes. Then spend some time exploring Chan Chan, the one-time capital of Peru's Chimú civilization. An expert guide provides details on the history and significance of this intriguing site along the way. Your final stop is Huanchaco, a coastal town known for its caballitos de totora, or fishing boats.
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  • 8 hours
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$109.00
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$109.00
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El Brujo Archaeological Site & Lady of Cao Complex

El Brujo Archaeological Site & Lady of Cao Complex

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Delve into the history of Peru's ancient Moche people during a private tour of the El Brujo Archaeological Complex. Set out from Trujillo to this incredible site, where you'll get to see ancient ruins from the 1st to 8th centuries—the time with the Moche civilization thrived . Marvel at the site's three intricately decorated temples and explore its museum, where the recently excavated mummy 'Lady of Cao' is on display.
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  • 5 hours
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$99.00
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Private Tour Temple of the Moon Tour and Site Museum from Trujillo

Private Tour Temple of the Moon Tour and Site Museum from Trujillo

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Tour Peru's Huacas de Moche or Temples of Moche: two towering ancient temples once belonging to the country's Moche civilization. Your 2.5-hour guided visit from Trujillo begins with an exploration of the archaeological site's Temple of the Sun, a stepped pyramid likely used for business and military, and continues on to the Temple of the Moon, the Moche's spiritual center. Moche artifacts are also on display. Both private and group tours are available.
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  • 3 hours
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$59.30
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