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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

Horse-drawn carriages clopping past stately churches and mansions with Juliet balconies, towering pyramids faced with eerie painted masks, ancient labyrinthine ruined cities… Trujillo is an archaeological treasure house.

The city sits behind golden beaches 500 kilometres north of Lima – easily reachable on a short flight. Allow at least three days. Get lost in the old Spanish centre, take a surf class, then spend a day wandering the vast sculpture-covered ruins at Chan Chan (the largest adobe city in the world), and the giant pyramids at Huacas del Sol.

While you’re there 

If you have time, spend another day at El Brujo, 60 km north; this ruined capital city was home to ten ancient cultures, covered with Escheresque geometric murals and strange sculpted figures.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Sky and Latam have several flights daily taking around 60 minutes. There are many Lima-Trujillo buses daily. The journey takes around 10 hours. Book local guided tours to all the archaeological sites for fascinating insights. Book a cab for the day to reach El Brujo – it costs about £40.

When to do it

Trujillo is good to visit all year round. The archaeological sites are open daily.

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Full Day Tour Huacas, Chan Chan & Huanchaco - Trujillo


Full Day Tour Huacas, Chan Chan & Huanchaco - Trujillo
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