Salaverry, Peru

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The port city of Salaverry is the gateway to Trujillo, Peru's second-largest city, founded by the Spanish conquistador Pizarro and situated in the picturesque Andean foothills. This lively enclave retains much of its colonial charms, with candy-colored homes and flower-filled window baskets, quaint churches and local cafes. A stroll through the central Plaza de Armas is an opportunity to photograph the baroque cathedral, City Hall and a statue commemorating the liberation of Peru. Venture out of the city to a world of archeological wonder, showcasing the pre-Inca civilization of the Moche people and their Sun and Moon Temples. The Chimu (Moche civilization) capital, Chan Chan, is one of the area's most renowned excavated sites and is heralded as the largest mud city in the world. Museums offer fascinating displays of pottery and artifacts. Whether stepping back into the past or discovering a new seafood dish, riding the waves at Huanchaco Beach or shopping for authentic leather goods and mementos from artisan craftsmen, or walking along the world's longest mosaic depicting the history of northern Peru, a visit to Trujillo is a treasure trove of cultural delights.

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  • Trujillo Trujillo

    Founded in 1536, Peru's second city, a UNESCO Cultural Site, is nestled in the lush Andean foothills, glowing with colonial charm. Stroll through the gracious Plaza de Armas, photograph the baroque cathedral and stately City Hall, and sample the region's famed seafood.

  • El Brujo Archaeological Complex El Brujo Archaeological Complex

    Translated as "the wizard," this magical site was once inhabited by the Mochica people. Walk among towering pyramids decorated with elaborate friezes and see a female Moche mummy, known as the Lady of Cao.

  • Huacas de Moche Huacas de Moche

    Discover this showcase of 2,000-year-old cultural treasures, including the magnificent Temple of the Sun, the largest adobe structure in the Americas, and the Temple of the Moon, with its dazzling frescoes. The museum displays objects from the excavation site.

  • Huaca del Dragon Huaca del Dragon

    At this archeological site that is over 1,100 years old, explore the remains of the best-preserved Chimu ceremonial centers. This adobe pyramid, believed to be the first settlement of the Wari culture, is decorated with murals of a dragon and a rainbow.

  • Chan Chan Chan Chan

    Situated on the north coast of Peru, ancient Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, saw its heyday between 120 A.D. and 1470 A.D. Visit this adobe city rich in architectural history and wander through its artistic palaces and compounds constructed by the Chimu kings.

  • Huanchaco Beach Huanchaco Beach

    Today a famous surf and beach resort area, Huanchaco began as a quiet fishing hamlet and still retains its authentic charms. See the caballitos de totora, small vessels made of reeds still used today.

  • Paso Horses Paso Horses

    Step lively! The Peruvian Paso horses are known for their dance-like high-stepping stride. This equine breed, originally from Peru, descended from the Barbican Cordovan horses. Watch them in a folk performance with elegant costumes.

  • Machu Picchu Machu Picchu

    Located between the two peaks of Huayna Picchu (Young Peak) and Machu Picchu (Old Peak), this abandoned Inca city is a complex of engineered terraces and aqueducts leading to the Temple of the Three Windows. There, the sun's rays pass through the temple to illuminate the Sacred Plaza.

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