Trujillo, Peru

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Trujillo, Peru
From top and left to right: Freedom Monument in Main Square, Chalanes riding in Victor Larco, Marinera dance with a paso horse, Pair of man and woman dancing marinera, dish of ceviche, surfing with a caballito de totora in Huanchaco, Huaca or Temple of the Sun, Superior Court of Judiciary La Libertad, Trujillo Spring Festival, Mochica ceramic depicting anal sex, House of Emancipation, View of Huanchaco, God Aiapaec painted in the Temple of the Moon, Guards in Chan Chan, Paseo Pizarro.
From top and left to right: Freedom Monument in Main Square, Chalanes riding in Victor Larco, Marinera dance with a paso horse, Pair of man and woman dancing marinera, dish of ceviche, surfing with a caballito de totora in Huanchaco, Huaca or Temple of the Sun, Superior Court of Judiciary La Libertad, Trujillo Spring Festival, Mochica ceramic depicting anal sex, House of Emancipation, View of Huanchaco, God Aiapaec painted in the Temple of the Moon, Guards in Chan Chan, Paseo Pizarro.
Flag of Trujillo, Peru
Coat of arms of Trujillo, Peru
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): The Capital of the everlasting Spring, Capital of Culture in Peru,[1] Capital of the Marinera, Meritorious City and Faithful to the Fatherland,[2] Cradle of the typical Peruvian Paso Horse,[3] Cradle of freedom, Cradle of Judiciary in Peru[4]
Trujillo, Peru is located in Peru
Trujillo, Peru
Trujillo, Peru
Location in Peru
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Country  Peru
Region La Libertad
Province EscudoDeTrujilloPeru.png Trujillo
Central District EscudoDeTrujilloPeru.png Trujillo
Spanish foundation November 1534 by Diego de Almagro[5]
 • Type Mayor–council government
 • Mayor Cesar Acuña Peralta
 • Metro 1,100 km2 (400 sq mi)
Elevation 34 m (112 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Rank 2nd in Peru
 • Urban 788,236[6]
 • Metro 949,498[7]
 • Metro density 837/km2 (2,170/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Spanish: Trujillano(a)
Time zone PET (UTC-5)
ZIP code(s) 13001
Area code(s) 044
Patron Saints San Valentin[8]
Virgin of La Puerta[9]
Metropolitan area Trujillo Metropolitano
Integrated districts[10] Trujillo
Victor Larco
La Esperanza
El Porvenir
Florencia de Mora
Website Municipality of Trujillo

Some notes:
-The city was founded as "Trvxillo of New Castilla"[11] -About the foundation of the city some author say it was on December 6, 1534

Trujillo is a city in coastal northwestern Peru and the capital of La Libertad Region. It is the centre of the second most populous city of the country[13] and the second most populous metropolitan area of Peru. It is located on the banks of the Moche River, near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean, in the Moche Valley. This was a site of the great prehistoric Moche and Chimu cultures[14] before the Inca conquest and subsequent expansion.

The Independence of Trujillo from Spain was proclaimed in the Historic Centre of Trujillo on December 29, 1820, and the city was honored in 1822 by the congress of the republic with the title "Meritorious City and Faithful to the Fatherland",[15] for its role in the fight for independence. Trujillo is the birthplace of Peru's judiciary, and it was twice designated as the capital of the country. It was the scene of the Revolution of Trujillo in 1932. Trujillo is considered the "cradle of liberty and cradle of the judiciary in Peru."[4]

Trujillo is also known as the "Capital of the everlasting Spring",[16] is considered the "Capital of the Marinera," a traditional dance in Peru, "Cradle of the typical Peruvian Paso Horse,"[3] as well as the "Capital of Culture of Peru".[1] It has sponsored numerous national and international cultural events, and has a lively arts community. Current festivals include the "National Marinera Festival", the Trujillo Spring Festival and the International Book Festival,[17] which is one of the most important cultural events in the country.[18] For tourist, Trujillo offers very good places like restaurants and hotels, some of then run by Europeans such as Saint Etienne Hotel, Il Valentino Pizzeria, Metropolitan Restaurant, all of them are located in a reach zone: San Andres, this area is called the Miraflores of Trujillo because is reach, safety and it is located next to historical center of Trujillo. Other good places in the city are El Paisa, if you like marine food, El Romano Criollo for typical food and B&B Orrego Hotel if one likes low prices and good quality.

Trujillo is close to two major archeological sites of pre-Columbian monuments: Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the ancient world, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986; and the temples of the Sun and Moon (the largest adobe pyramid in Peru).[19]

The city center contains many examples of colonial and religious architecture, often incorporating distinctive wrought ironwork. It includes residential areas, a central business district, and industrial supply distribution to the various districts. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Trujillo has its seat here. Catholicism is the predominant religion and 10 colonial churches are located within the old city wall, now encircled by Avenida España; additional churches in the towns of Huaman, Huanchaco and Moche are located within 15 kilometres of Trujillo's centre.

Since 2011, the city has been developing the pilot project Trujillo: Sustainable City, as part of the platform, "Emerging and Sustainable Cities of the Inter-American Development Bank," in cooperation with the IDB.[20] In 2012 Trujillo was selected by IBM to participate in a "Smarter Cities Challenge" project intended to improve public safety and transportation through technology.[21][22]


Identity elements

Capital of culture

Trujillo is considered the "Capital of Culture of Peru"[1] for the prominent writers who were formed in the city[23] such as Cesar Vallejo and Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre, and because the city is a center for important cultural expressions as the marinera dance, Peruvian Paso horses, caballitos de totora, Trujillo's gastronomy, etc. The North Group was formed here, with Eduardo González Viaña and Gerardo Chavez as successors. The city presents important national festivals, such as Marinera Festival, Spring Festival, and competitions for the Peruvian Paso Horse and caballito de totora.


Coat of arms

Coat of arms of Trujillo city

The Coat of arms of the Peruvian city of Trujillo was awarded on December 7, 1537 by Royal Decree issued by the King of Spain, Charles V. The shield consists of two columns of azure water, a king's crown on top surrounded by pearls and precious stones and two poles that embrace the columns K (Karolus initial, name of the King); and on the back is a griffin (mythological creature half lion-half eagle) facing right and embracing the shield.


It is white in the center and carries the coat of arms of the city, and it is carried during the official ceremonies of the Municipality of Trujillo in the main square of the city. Also it is flown every December 29 to commemorate the proclamation of independence of Trujillo in 1820.


The hymn was written by Ramiro Mendoza Sanchez with music composed by Ramiro Herrera Orbegoso. The hymn is performed mainly for official civic ceremonies, by bands of musicians. The hymn expresses greetings and appreciation to the city through its history.


The history of Trujillo city has its beginning in ancient times, as the area at the mouth of the Moche River was long a center of succeeding pre-Columbian cultures. They extended their domains along the northern coast of Peru.[24]

Pre-Columbian era

Mochica god "Ai apaec" or "Degollador", in a wall of the mochica sanctuary "Huacas del Sol y de la Luna
Mural of the Huaca of the Moon Archeological site in "Moche", Trujillo
Map of Chimu empire expansion

Archaeological history of this region goes back to the early preceramic period. For example, Huaca Prieta was occupied as early as 4700 BC.

Several ancient cultures developed in this area: the Cupisnique, the Mochica and Chimú. Numerous archaeological sites and monumental remains attest to the high degree of complexity of these civilizations.

Among the Cupisnique culture sites are Caballo Muerto and Huaca Prieta.

The Moche culture sites include huacas: the Temples of the Sun and Moon[25] south of the city, the Huaca del Dragon or Rainbow and Huaca Esmeralda to the north, and others.

The Chimu culture built its primary settlement at what is known as Chan Chan, which was the capital, having an estimated 100,000 people at its peak. It is the largest pre-Columbian city built of adobe and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its remains are 5 km from downtown to the northwest of the current metropolitan area. The present Spanish-Peruvian city of Trujillo was founded in an ancestral territory populated by ancient indigenous civilizations. The Spanish founded new cities expressing their culture in what they called the "Viceroyalty of Peru".

Mochica civilization

Main article: Moche (culture)

The Moche civilization flourished in northern Peru with its Huacas del Sol y de la Luna from about 100 AD to 800 AD, during the Regional Development Epoch. The people likely had formed into a group autonomous polities that shared a common elite culture, as seen in the rich iconography and monumental architecture that survive today. They are particularly noted for their elaborately painted ceramics, gold work, monumental constructions (huacas) and irrigation systems.[26]

Moche history is broadly divided into three periods – the emergence of the Moche culture in Early Moche (AD 100–300), its expansion and florescence during Middle Moche (AD 300–600), and the urban nucleation and subsequent collapse in Late Moche (AD 500–750).[26] Moche society was agriculturally based, and the cultural leaders invested in the construction of a network of irrigation canals for the diversion of river water to supply the crops. Their culture was sophisticated; and their artifacts fully express their lives, including scenes of hunting, fishing, fighting, sacrifice, elaborate ceremonies, and sexual acts.

Chimu Empire

Main article: Chimú culture

The Chimú built and occupied a territory known as Chimor, with its capital at the city of Chan Chan, a large adobe city in the Valley of Moche (present-day Trujillo city developed around it). The culture arose about 900 and flourished into the 14th century. The Inca ruler Tupac Inca Yupanqui led a campaign which conquered the Chimu around 1470.[27]

This was just 50 years before the arrival of the Spanish in the region. Consequently, Spanish chroniclers recorded accounts of Chimu culture from persons who had lived before the Inca conquest. Similarly, archaeological evidence suggest Chimor emerged from the remnants of Moche culture; early Chimú pottery had some resemblance to that of the Moche. Their ceramics are all black, and their work in precious metals is very detailed and intricate. In the late Chimú, about 12,000 artisans lived and worked in Chan Chan alone.[28] They engaged in fishing, agriculture, craft work, and trade. Artisans were forbidden to change their profession, and were grouped together in the ciudadela according to their area of specialization. Archeologists have noted a dramatic rise in the volume of Chimú craft production, which they attribute to artisans having been brought to Chan Chan from another area taken in conquest.[28] As there is evidence of both metalwork (generally a male specialty) and weaving (a female art) in the same domestic dwelling, it is likely that both men and women were artisans.[28] The men engaged in fishing, heavy agriculture (aided by irrigation and earthworks), and metallurgy. The women made ceramics and textiles (from spun and dyed cotton, llama, alpaca, and vicunas wool). People used reed fishing canoes, hunted, and traded using bronze coins.

Colonial era

Spanish foundation

Trujillo was one of the first cities in the Americas founded by the Spanish conquistadors.[29]:125 They arrived in an area that had been inhabited and developed for thousands of years by indigenous peoples. According to historian Napoleón Cieza Burga, the conquistador Diego de Almagro founded the first settlement on November 1534,[5] calling it Trujillo of New Castilla, after the home city of Francisco Pizarro. It was founded among four Chimu settlements: Huanchaco, Huamán, Moche & Mampuesto, to create an alliance against the Incas. On November 23, 1537, King Charles I of Spain gave the town the rank of 'city' and the coat of arms that remains a symbol for the city; it was the first city in Peru to receive a coat of arms from the king.[30] By 1544 Trujillo had around 300 homes and 1000 inhabitants, and an economy booming from the cultivation of sugar cane, wheat, and other food crops and the raising of livestock.

The Spanish colonists welcomed a diverse array of religious orders from the time of its founding, and there was a boom in church construction in the city during the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1577 Pope Gregory XIII created the Diocese of Trujillo, and in 1616 construction work commenced on the cathedral.

On February 14, 1619, Trujillo was struck by an earthquake, resulting in the near-total destruction of the city and the deaths of around 400 its inhabitants. Rebuilding was slow. The people developed a devotion to St Valentine, on whose day the earthquake hit. The Jesuits opened a seminary and school for the education and training of priests; they also served as missionaries to the indigenous peoples, as they introduced Christianity.

17th century

Royal decree granting Coat of Arms.
The wall of Trujillo
Main article: Wall of Trujillo
Map of Trujillo in 1786, by Baltasar Jaime Martínez Compañón, showing the Wall of Trujillo
Map of the current historic center of Trujillo, which preserves the plan of its foundation

Due to the proximity of the city to the sea (about 4 km) and the danger of attack by pirates and privateers, the Wall of Trujillo was built for defense during the reign of Viceroy Melchor de Navarra and Rocafull[31] and the city mayors Bartolome Martinez and Fernando Ramirez Jarabeitia Orellana. This wall was built by an Italian architect, Joseph Formento, who began construction on February 19, 1687. Formento based his design on that by Leonardo da Vinci for the Italian city of Florence. The wall was designed of elliptical shape to save costs in its construction, and was completed in 1689. The wall reached a perimeter of 5.5 km and used more than 100,000 bricks. The defensive structure was composed of 15 bastions, 15 shades and 5 covered gates.

The Huaman gate was oriented westward to the road to the village of the same name. The Mansiche gate was located to the north, giving way to the highway. The Miraflores gate opened to the east. The Sierra gate was named after the road leading to this region. Lastly, the Moche gate gave access to people coming from the south. In 1942 the city developed a master plan; following the path of the ancient wall, it built Avenida España to encircle the area now called the Historical Center of Trujillo.

In the latter half of the 17th century, severe droughts and pestilence caused a major economic crisis for the city, which depended on agriculture. Trujillo regained prominence in the 18th century, in part due to the destruction of the city of Sana by flooding in 1720. Trujillo also suffered from flooding in 1701, 1720, 1728 and 1814; and earthquakes in 1725 and 1759.

By 1760 an estimated 9200 people were living in the vicinity of the city. The foundation of the Municipality of Trujillo in 1779 coincided with a peak of prosperity for the city. Numerous undeveloped lots remained within the city walls but Trujillo was regarded as one of the most important cities in Northern Peru during the colonial era.


Independence Street in front of Main Square, at right El Libertador Hotel
Architecture of Paseo Pizarro, one of the busiest streets in the historic center of Trujillo. In the background is the historic Plazuela El Recreo, with tall trees forming the skyline in that part of the city.

Inspired by liberal ideas from members of its educational institutions, Trujillo became a principal centre of Peruvian republican sentiments. Led by city major and the intendant José Bernardo de Tagle, the Intendancy of Trujillo declared its independence from Spain on December 29, 1820.

Between 1821 and 1825 the Trujillo region was the only stable and productive land within the nascent republic. In 1823 Trujillo took on the role of the first capital city of the Republic of Peru. On July 19, 1823 the Peruvian Congress located here repeated its invitation to Simon Bolivar, a leader in Bolivia, to join the war of independence. In 1824 the city received the liberating army of Simon Bolivar, and was again designated as the seat of government. It is the only city to have twice been designated as the capital.

The years following the revolution saw the growth in the economic influence of the city, compensating for a loss of political power to Lima when it was designated as the capital, which instead suffered from the resulting political turmoil. The Moche and Chicama valleys emerged as new economic enclaves for the sugar cane industry. Land was increasingly concentrated in large estates and a new "agricultural aristocracy" developed that was linked to and influenced national political power. The policy of free trade and openness to foreign investment attracted an influx of Europeans, principally from England and Germany. By then, Trujillo had a population of 15,000 and began to grow beyond the city walls. New architectural styles were adopted, influenced by French and English Romanticism.

During the war with Chile between 1879 and 1883, Trujillo contributed troops towards national defence. Although never a site of battle, Trujillo suffered from occupation by Chilean troops and their plundering of the surrounding countryside.

First Independent City of Peru[32]

It is considered the "First Independent City of Peru" for three reasons: it proclaimed independence from Spain on December 24, 1820 at the historical "Casa de la Emancipación" (home of Emancipation). Its leaders signed the declaration of independence at the Seminario de San Carlos y San Marcelo and proclaimed independence to an open council meeting in the Plaza de Armas (main square), on December 29, 1820. Finally, on January 6, 1821 its leaders ratified the agreement and the proclamation of the independence of this city, as stated in the document called Libro rojo of the Trujillo council.

Their actions gained independence for almost all of northern Peru, because the government of Trujillo city ruled what is now Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Cajamarca, San Martín and Amazonas. Marquis of Torre Tagle said, "My people. From this time for the unanimous will of the people, Trujillo is Free. I put our fate and that of people under the protection of Heaven !Long live the homeland! Long live independence!"[32][33]

In the Main Square of Trujillo - the Freedom Monument by sculptor Edmund Moeller commemorates the proclamation of independence in 1820

Republican era

Architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries, main square of Trujillo, Peru
National University of Trujillo, was the first republican university founded in Peru[34]

The Provisional Regulations given by General San Martin in 1821 created the "Department of Trujillo", based on colonial administration. This status was acknowledged in the first "Constitution of Peru", 1823. Because of its size and economic wealth, the "Department of Trujillo" between 1821 and 1825 was the only stable and productive area that could organize and lead the nascent republic. The Trujillo Department encompassed nearly half the country. For the efforts of its people in the war of emancipation, San Martin Protector gave it the title of "Meritorious City Loyal to the Homeland." The municipality of the city, then called a cabildo, was given the rank of "honorable".

In 1823, after the creation of the Republic of Peru, the protectorate of Jose de San Martin was developed. Before royal troops took the city of Lima, the first President of Peru, Don Jose de la Riva Agüero, together with Sánchez Carrión, named Trujillo as provisional capital of the country, which survived for a short period.

In 1824 the city received the liberating army of Simon Bolivar. Taking over the government of the country, he established temporary government of the country in Trujillo, on March 8, 1824.

In 1821 the "Court of Appeals" was created to replace the Royal Court. Its jurisdiction extended over the present departments of Cajamarca, Piura, Lambayeque, Amazonas (then known as the Chachapoyas), and Huamachuco (then known as Sanchez Carrion). On March 26, 1824 Simón Bolivar established Trujillo's first Superior Court of Justice as the Northern Superior Court. It had been the first high court established in the Republic of Peru with the powers of the Supreme Court.

19th century

By the end of 19th century the five entrances had disappeared from the city so it was that during this time, the Wall of Trujillo was torn down and allowed the growth of the city, this urban expansion allowed the establishment of the neighborhoods of Chicago, the Union and Pedro Muniz. During the administration of Don Victor Larco Herrera as mayor the city began upgrading works such as construction of City Hall, the arrangement and embellishment of the Plaza de Armas and the atrium of the Cathedral . It also built the double track to the resort of Buenos Aires, Larco avenue current, which expanded the city urban planning perspective. Another project was the renovation of the Municipal Theater.

20th century

Gamarra Street, at downtown

From the 1980 Trujillo takes on the aspect and behavior of a metropolitan area particularly dynamic, by which time the growth of the city and adjoining districts, had produced conurbation of these, so, for the decade of the 1980s nascent Trujillo metropolitan area consisted of the integrated urban districts of Trujillo, El Porvenir and Florencia de Mora, staying as discontinuous integrated zone districts "Víctor Larco Herrera" and "La Esperanza" for 1981 the city already had 403.337 inhabitants. Also from the 1980 projects are promoted as Trujillo Industrial Park, located on the north side of town, in the present La Esperanza district.

With the advent of the 1990s, joined the city of Trujillo continued the districts of La Esperanza and Victor Larco Herrera and horizontal growth of the city, resulted in the districts of Moche, Trujillo, Salaverry, Laredo and become part of the area integrated batch of the city. He went to the first half of the decade of 1990, with the emergence of the town center "El Milagro" in Huanchaco, joined to La Esperanza district, and increasing interdependence with the districts of Moche and Laredo, which was cemented Trujillo as the new metropolis of Peru, telling then with a population of 589.314 inhabitants.

The latter half of the 20th century saw the expansion of the city due to a combination of rural-urban migration and the consolidation of surrounding districts into the Trujillo metropolitan area.

Trujillo Revolution of 1932

The month of July 1932 saw Trujillo once again at the centre of one of the most important episodes in the history of the Republic of Peru, the "Trujillo Revolution of 1932", which cost the lives of many citizens. Although this year came to be known as the "Year of barbarism", it would also mark the political identity of the city during the second half of the 20th century.

Contemporary time

Modernization of the city

With the experience of the last two decades of the 20th century when the city experienced an excessive disordered growth while, mostly horizontal, increasing the costs for providing basic services to the population, the Provincial Municipality of Trujillo created the "Plan Trujillo Metropolitan Development – 2010 ", known as" PLANDEMETRU ", approved by city Ordinance No. 05-95-MPT on November 30, 1995, through which is planned growth and development of the city by 2010 and now the lines of development of the metropolis is governed by the "Strategic Plan for Integral Development and Sustainable Trujillo to 2015" containing general guidelines for the development of the city for year 2015.

Panoramic view of Trujillo, at left the headquarters of the Public Ministry in the city
Sustainable and smart city

In November 2010, Trujillo was the first city in Latin America and the Caribbean to be chosen by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop the pilot project Trujillo: Sustainable City in the platform "Emerging and Sustainable Cities of the Inter-American Development Bank".[20] This project includes plan of action on climate change, which will be held on emissions inventory provides Trujillo, review the list of investment projects and introduce them variable climate. According to Fidel Jaramillo, representative of the Inter-American Development Bank, (IDB) chose this city as the first driver in Latin America to develop a new initiative. Trujillo's plan to conceive from other perspectives such as fiscal and financial sustainability, which is basic, but also from environmental sustainability and quality of life. The IDB is developing relevant projects in coordination with the Provincial Municipality of Trujillo.[35][36] Trujillo city in 2012 has begun to develop, with the support of IBM company, the project called "Smart City" that will try to focus technologically two problems in Trujillo as public safety and transportation.[21][22]

View from the air of the joining of Trujillo and Víctor Larco districts



Trujillo is located at an altitude of 34 meters on a coastal strip west of the province of Trujillo, in the old valley of "Chimor" today known as the Moche or Santa Catalina Valley. Its main square is located at 8 ° 6 '3 " South latitude ; to 79 ° 1' 34" west longitude at an altitude of 31.16 meters above sea level and lies 4.40 km of the Pacific Ocean, in a straight line along Larco Avenue.[37]


This city has a mild desert climate (BWh or BWn, according to the Köppen climate classification) and it is known as La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera (The city of the everlasting spring), because of its sunny and pleasant weather year-round. The International Spring Festival in early October attracts visitors from all over Peru and the world; is a land of mild climate and low rainfall, with moderate temperatures ranging between 14 ° and 30 °C due to the Humboldt Current.[38] Trujillo has a warm climate in summer days and cool and pleasant during the night by the sea breeze effect. It has an average temperature of 18 °C, and the extreme minimum and maximum temperatures fluctuate around 17 °C and 28 °C in summer, respectively. Presents rains are light, sporadic and occur during the afternoon or evening. In the area of Trujillo, the Andes and its foothills are very close to the coast, and having lower elevation relative to the Andes Mountains of central and southern Peru, encourage the flow of moist air from the region the Amazon, which converges with the breezes of the west side, favoring the summer season a higher frequency of light showers. According to climate classification of Thornthwaite, city of Trujillo would correspond to an arid climate type, semi and humid with no rain during all seasons.[39]

However, Trujillo maintains a mild climate and warm with temperatures around 19 °C for most of the year, which Trujillo is internationally known as City of Eternal Spring. The part closest to the sea presented naturally, haze during the morning and usually, the temperature is lower than in the central and upper parts of the city. However, when it presents the phenomenon of El Niño, the climate varies, mainly rainfall, with less intensity than in regions located north of the city, and the temperature can also be lifted.

In the summer months: in mid-December, January, February, March and mid April, recorded maximum temperatures averaging 22 °C, 23 °C, 25 °C, 25 °C and 23 °C respectively and recorded temperatures average minimum of 18 °C, 19 °C, 21 °C, 20 °C and 19 °C respectively and with some rain at night. In other months, are recorded average temperatures between 20 °C and 17 °C. Between June and September, its countryside are moistened by mild drizzle and it’s recorded the minimum temperature of 7 °C.

Climate data for Trujillo
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 25.1
Daily mean °C (°F) 21.0
Average low °C (°F) 17.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 1


Trujillo is crossed by the Moche river that passes by southern part of the city, its waters have been used since ancient times by the Mochicas and Chimus who inhabited this area, those who took its waters to irrigate their fields; today the river is part of the Countryside of Moche and waters continue to be used in it. The river empties into the Pacific Ocean right on the boundary between the districts of Moche and Victor Larco Herrera.


Trujillo is set on a coastal plain of the La Libertad Region and has a gentle topography[41] so its terrain is very hilly, it sits on a plateau of the Trujillo Province. The low-lying areas of the city are very close to the Pacific Ocean and the higher elevations are close to the Andean foothills that occur in the area.


Census 2007

About the spatial distribution of the population of the city and the urban continuum of Trujillo in 2007, there are two positions:

According to the report "Sociodemographic Profile" issued by the INEI In 2007, the city had a population of up to 682,834 people, with an annual average growth rate of 2.1%;[42] According to the report "Peru: Recent Internal Migration and Cities System 2001 – 2007", in 2007 the figure was 709,566 inhabitants.

Moreover, considering the studies of urban development of the "PLANDET", the city is formed by the five districts that make up the conurbation of the districts of Trujillo, La Esperanza, El Porvenir, Florencia de Mora and Victor Larco Herrera in addition these also the minor municipality called "El Milagro" in the jurisdiction of Huanchaco district, which make up the urban continuum of Trujillo city; and the urban area known as "Trujillo Metropolitano" comprises the urban continuum and the urban and rural towns of the districts of the metropolitan area including such as are Huanchaco, Laredo, Moche and Salaverry.[43]

In recent decades, urban growth is largely due to Trujillo population increase of migrant origin, the main contributors of population (1993 census), the interior provinces of La Libertad as Otuzco (15.8%), Santiago de Chuco (9.3%), Ascope (9%) and Sánchez Carrión (5.2%), while 16% contributed Cajamarca and Ancash with 5%;[44]

Trujillo Metropolitan Area
Districts of
Trujillo Metropolitan
Data by Districts[46]
Elevation media
Distance (Approx.)
to Historic Centre of Trujillo (km)
Ubigeo[47] Area
(hab / km²)
2015 (Est.)
1. Trujillo 34 0 130101 39,36 7.035,5 294.899 318.914
2. Victor Larco Herrera 3 5 130111 18,02 7.035,5 294.899 64.024
3. La Esperanza 77 4 130105 18,64 7,8 151.845 182.494
4. El Porvenir 90 4 130102 36,7 3.609,29 140.507 186.127
5. Huanchaco 23 12 130104 333,9 114,2 44.806 68.104
6. Florencia de Mora 85 5 130101 1,99 18.802,5 40.014 41.914
7. Laredo 89 7 130106 335,44 96,17 32.825 35.289
8. Moche 4 7 130107 25,25 1.146,7 29.727 34.503
9. Salaverry 3 14 130109 390,55 33,67 13.892 18.129
Trujillo Metropolitan - - - 110.000 837 804.296 949.498
Sources INEI:
Population 2007[49]
Estimated population 2015[48]
  • Graphics of the population.
A comparison Chart of the city and metropolitan population of Trujillo, in the bars in green color It is shown the evolution of the population of the city and the blue bars show the population of Trujillo metropolitan. According to INEI in 2014 Trujillo metropolitan has a population of with 935.147 people is Peru's second largest metropolis by population.
Comparison Chart of Trujillo city and Trujillo metropolitan population
  Population of Trujillo city.
  Population of Trujillo Metropolitan
Population 1804, Census (Gil de Toboada),
Population 1812, Viceroyalty of Peru
Population 1876, Census of inhabitants of Peru 1876
Population 1940- 1993, PLANDEMETRU,[44]
Population estimate 2014[7]


In the city the predominant religion is Christianity, inherited from the Spanish culture since colonial era. In this topic there are different congregations that profess the Christian faith as the Catholic Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the Pentecostal Church, etc. All these Christian congregations have their temples in different parts of the city. In the historical center of Trujillo dominates the existence of temples of the Catholic Church such as the cathedral city located in the Plaza de Armas of Trujillo. One of the most representative events of Christianity in the city organized by the Catholic Church each year is Corpus Christi which gathers a large number of Christians in the Plaza Mayor of the city.[50] About the Catholicism is the predominant Church in the districts that make up the city, according to census data in 2007. In the city, 76.9% of the population over 12 years is Catholic, 15.1% is Protestant, 3.9% other churches, and 4.1% is not linked to any church of a universe of 541,056 people.[51]


According to a Study of Urban Buildings Market, between 2006 and May 2012 construction activities in Trujillo grew 500%.[52]
Spain Avenue, built in an elliptical shape over the footsteps of what It was once the ancient wall of Trujillo, surrounding the initial plot of the Historic Centre of Trujillo, It is one of the busiest and commercial avenues in Trujillo.

In the 19th century, the city of Trujillo greatly expanded due to extensive irrigated agriculture, with high production and profits from the sugarcane industry. Today, asparagus and shoes are some of the main products of its metropolitan area. The irrigated lands of the Moche River Valley produce sugarcane, rice, and asparagus. Industries in the city include the sugar refineries, knitting mills, breweries and the shoe industry. Among the internationally known products of Trujillo, asparagus is exported to neighboring countries, Europe and the United States. The areas around Trujillo are among the largest exporters of white asparagus in the world. Peru is the world’s leading exporter of asparagus, followed by China and Mexico.[53]

Trujillo is the most important economic center of northern Peru; it is an inland commercial and transport center for the surrounding farming areas. Its numerous shopping malls, supermarkets, department stores, and similar amenities make Trujillo a modern city.

In recent years another important economic sector in the city is the construction industry. According to statistical information provided by the "Institute of Construction and Development of the Peruvian Chamber of Construction" between 2006 and May 2012 construction activity in Trujillo grew by 500%.[54] The study reveals that in 2006 were built 92770 m2 and the first months of 2012 the figure rose to 437440 m2, mainly due to the increased amount of square meters per house, likewise states that the total built in so far this year, 84% is housing construction.

Agro Industry

Trujillo is an agricultural, commercial and transport center due to production areas that account. The expansion of irrigated agriculture caused an expansive growth in the city, especially agribusiness sugar cane, which had as its ultimate expression in the Agricultural Cooperative Sugar Casa Grande (Casa Grande today Agroindustirial Company SA).

Among its most popular products internationally, highlighting the studs that are exported mainly to neighboring countries, USA, Europe. The momentum that has been taking the "Special Project Chavimochic" which includes the irrigation of the valleys of Chao, Viru, Moche, and later will include Chicama, has managed the successful export of many agricultural and agroindustrial products, which include artichokes, peppers, avocado, mango, etc.


Chavimochic Special Project is a work of hydraulic engineering, this irrigation system extends throughout much of the coast of the La Libertad Region, on the north coast of Peru, it is designed to irrigate the valleys of Chao, Viru, Moche and Chicama. In 2012 It is already advanced up to its second stage in Moche valley.

Leather and footwear

It consists of the shoe makers and other leather products. It is classified within the manufacturing sector and is composed of micro and small enterprises, characterized by abundant labor demand and intermediate goods. Formally registered in 1300 small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which provide a significant 11% to the sector. They have achieved to sell their products domestically and characterize Trujillo as a shoe manufacturer city . Has the distinction of having formed a business cluster that provides its own dynamic of production and marketing. Spatially, 53% of SMEs are located in the district of El Porvenir. Trujillo concentrates 24% of the activity, and finally La Esperanza and Florencia de Mora concentrated 10% each. Tanning SMEs are preferentially located in the bottom of La Esperanza.


The city has the largest commercial activity in the region motivated mainly by agribusiness, footwear industry, metal engineering, education, etc. Some of the main retail centers in the city are:

Some brands of Trujillo city

Admission office UCV, in Victor Larco district

According to a study published in 2010 by the magazine Peru Económico[55] some of the most representative brands of Trujillo and that have regional impact are:

  1. Pilsen Trujillo, is a beer brand created in the beginnings of 20th century. Later the company Backus and Johnston acquired the rights to this brand.
  2. Cassinelli, is a trademark of beverages of the company Enrique Cassinelli and Sons SAC, who also manufactures the brand Liber.
  3. Embutidos Razzeto, the brand is a company of meat and sausage has one of the largest industrial plants in the country.
  4. Caja Trujillo, is a trademark of the largest financial company locally providing financial attention mainly to small and medium entrepreneurs in the SME sector.
  5. Dulcería Castañeda, this is a traditional brand of candy with a product called "Alfajor Castañeda" before known as Alfajor de Trujillo.
  6. GN, is a brand of biscuits.
  7. Jano’s, is a mark of fast food in the city.
  8. UCV, it is the mark of the largest consortium of universities, the Cesar Vallejo University has its headquarters in Victor Larco district.
  9. Transportes Linea, is a mark of passenger transportation.
  10. Transportes Rodrigo Carranza (TRC) is a heavy load transportation company, with "TRC Express" providing passenger transportation services. Its main base is located south of the city in Moche district and has branches in different cities of the country.


Regional government

Trujillo is the capital of La Libertad region as such is the seat of regional government and its technical organs of government line as are the regional offices of the scope of its jurisdiction, so the regional policies of this government are deployed from this city for use in its territory corresponding. The city also hosts various regional directorates of the ministries that make up the country's public administration. Trujillo is also headquarters of the III-Territorial Police Directorate, as executing agency for the National Police of Peru.[56]

Local government

The city, capital of La Libertad Region and the Province of Trujillo, is governed by the Provincial Municipality of Trujillo, which is governed by the provisions of the organic law of municipalities[57] and that it has jurisdiction throughout the province . There is limited authority to the city and there is no governing body of the city itself, in that sense, the municipalities of the metropolitan districts that make up the city have jurisdiction in matters relating to their own districts.

Political system

The city is governed by a provincial mayor elected by popular vote every four years. The mayor is responsible for the municipal public administration and community, is the political representative of the municipality of the city and has political influences at the provincial level, so the guidelines of their policies are aimed primarily at the territorial level.

Judicial system

Trujillo is home to the Superior Court of La Libertad, that was the first Superior Court of Justice established in the country during the government of Simon Bolivar on March 26, 1824 under the name of Superior Court of North.[58] Is the governing body of the Judicial District of La Libertad. According to Peru's judicial system. The city has the highest judicial burden of the region La Libertad.


Marinera dancers in Trujillo festival, celebrated in January of every year
Huanchaco Beach, view of the sea with its typical caballitos de totora

Tourism is a major industry in Trujillo due to the city's proximity to important sites where the Moche and Chimu civilizations evolved. These civilizations had highly skilled artisans, and many of their artifacts having been found during archaeological digs in the city. Nearby ruins include the Chimu adobe city of Chan Chan, the world's largest city built from that material. It is sometimes called Ciudad de la Luna (City of the Moon) because the people worshipped the moon; or de las Largas Murallas (of the Long Walls). In size and complexity, it has been compared with Teotihuacan in Mexico, and the ancient cities of Egypt. Other nearby ruins are the Moche ruins of Huaca del Sol, Huaca de la Luna, Huaca del Dragón o Arco Iris, Huaca Esmeralda and El Brujo.

Trujillo aspires to be designated a World Heritage Site, because of the proximity of both cultures and its historical colonial city centre, whose historic casonas (mansions) attract many visitors. The mansions and manors of Trujillo are distinguished for their solemn and austere façades. Inside, their halls are overflowing with ornaments.

Trujillo's wrought-iron window railings are a unique feature of the mansions. The House of Ganoza-Chopitea (casa Ganoza) has a polychromatic front in the baroque style, crowned by a rococo frontispiece and two lions. It is the city's most representative example of casonas architecture. Another is the House of Mayorazgo, which was built in the early years of the city and holds one of Peru's greatest numismatic collections. The revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar lived in a house on the Plaza de Armas.

The world-famous beach Huanchaco, a surfing destination, is located just north of Trujillo.

Trujillo's restaurants offer a wide variety of local food, such as shambar, mostly served on Mondays; ceviche, sopa teologa and cabrito.

Moche Route

Currently the Moche Route is a tourist destination starting in what was formerly the seat of government of the Moche culture in the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, about 4 miles south of the historic center of Trujillo, and consequently the "Route Moche "can be conceptualized as one in which the tourist can experience the ancient Mochica traditions that endure to this day and which are reflected in the excellence of its cuisine, the work of its people and its beautiful beaches, this in a universe with its own identity. The route covers a number of places that were part of the dominions of the Moche kingdom in its heyday.[59]

Panoramic view of the Archaeological site of Huaca del Sol (Temple of the sun), Mochica political capital, south of Trujillo city

Tourist attractions

The historic centre of Trujillo

View of the cathedral of Trujillo city
It is considered a "Civic sanctuary" of the city "The House of the Emancipation", where Torre Tagle conceived the Independence of Trujillo on December 29, 1820. It hosted the Constitutional Congress and the Government Palace with Riva Agüero. Located in one of the corners formed by the streets Pizarro and Gamarra of Historic Centre of Trujillo, currently houses cultural exhibitions and a museum.

The historic centre of Trujillo occupies an area of 133.5ha and consists of a total of 1.783 lots, grouped in 72 blocks are located within the area that was known as the "Fence Trujillo," and was originally defined by the wall of the ciudad. Currently the historic center of Trujillo is bordered by the España Avenue, it may find many buildings dating from the colonial and republican periods, between attractions offered by the historic center of Trujillo we have the following:

  • Plaza de Armas (main square), is surrounded by the Cathedral, colonial mansions and Republican harmonious. In the center stands the Freedom Monument (Trujillo), which represents the process of independence. The statue was made in France, the materials used are marble and copper, the sculptor was Edmund Moeller.
  • The Cathedral, built between 1647 and 1666, their altars are Baroque and Rococo style, preserved the paintings belong to the Cuzco school of painting and Quito school. The cathedral has the Cathedral Museum with mostly religious works of the colonial era gold and silver.
  • Casa del Mayorazgo or Casa Tinoco (House Tinoco), built in the 16th century by the owners of the first sugar factory of Facalá. There he designed the first flag of independence in 1820, is located on a corner of Pizarro and Bolognesi streets. The main entrance is located on the Pizarro Jr. 314. This historical monument shows beautiful balconies on both fronts.
  • Casa Calonge or Urquiaga, built in a neoclassical style, between the 18th and 19th centuries, Simon Bolivar stayed in this house, from which organized much of his campaign and issued decrees declaring emancipation Trujillo Capital of the Republic of Peru and creating the Superior Court of Justice. You can see the desk used by Bolivar, gold ornaments of the Chimu culture, as well as period furniture.
  • Casa Ganoza, for its architecture, the house is very representative of Trujillo. The house is known for the cover of the lions as its Baroque is crowned by a pediment Rococo and two lions.
  • Casa of Emancipation, This house served as headquarters of the First Constitutional Congress and government house of former President Jose de la Riva Agüero.[60]
Panoramic view of the historic Plaza de Armas of Trujillo, the left is the Cathedral of the city

Archeological sites

The largest Pre-Columbian city in the Americas[citation needed], was built by the Chimu, is located north of the city of Trujillo and is one of the most impressive places of Peru, UNESCO declared Chan Chan World Heritage Site in 1986.
Chan Chan, capital of kingdom Chimu
Huaca de la Luna, mochica temple, decorated wall: painted bas-reliefs
The Temples of the Sun and Moon are monuments of Peru, located about five kilometers south of Trujillo in the Moche district. This archaeological site represented physically the capital of the Mochica culture from 1st century AD until the 9th century, the museum is next to one of the most visited places in the northern city of Trujillo. The Temple of the Moon or Huaca de la Luna has been considered as a religious center of the mochicas.
Located three blocks from the temple of Mansiche, urbanization La Esmeralda. The temple is a rectangular building about 65 by 41 meters. Consists of two platforms. The first, located at the entrance, is the last stage of construction Chimu, the decor is fishing nets with fish inside. Behind the second platform and the oldest is similar to the Tschudi Palace decorated with designs of the network and the sea otter.
The Huaca del Dragon or as also called, Huaca del Arco Iris is located in the north, in the District of La Esperanza and near Chan Chan. This is a large religious monument, administrative and ceremonial center built in adobe, whose murals are decorated with friezes in relief showing stylized human figures and representing the rainbow.

Caballito de totora

The manufacturing of ships called Caballito de totora is a tradition in Huanchaco beach. These are used for fishermen in their work and also for navegation of the tourists as a distraction adventure.

Nearby places

Huanchaco is considered a World Surfing Reserve and It is located in Huanchaco District; It is a traditional tourist resort of Trujillo, one can see the rafts called horses of totora used since the time of the Chimu for fishing activities. It also highlights the fishing harbor, icon representing the place. Huanchaco is famous for several things but particularly for being a surfer's dream spot and for its caballitos de totora. The most famous and original food here is the ceviche.
The district of Moche, is traversed by the Moche River and is home to the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, that were the capital of the Moche culture, countryside centers are also where you can taste typical dishes like soup theologian, in the Moche countryside are located traditional Trujillo restaurants of the "Mochica"; honorable mention deserves the Moche urban area with its main square. The countryside is rich in tradition and history.
Lake Conache is located within a large nature reserve in the village of Conache, in the district of Laredo, has an approximate area of 9 hectares is close to the Pampas de San Juan, jurisdiction of Santo Domingo, Laredo. The big dunes that are around it, are ideal for sandboarding very close to the lagoon is a forest of carob.
  • Countryside of Simbal, It is located in Simbal District.
  • El Brujo, is an Archaeological Complex located about 45 km north of Trujillo, is an ancient monument of the Moche culture. It includes Huaca Prieta (from preceramic times and later extended by the Cupisnique culture) and the nearby colonial remains of Salinar, Moche, Lambayeque, Chimú. Huaca El Brujo (or Cortada/Partida) and Huaca Cao Viejo (or Huaca Blanca) were built by the Moche sometime between 1 and 600 AD. Huaca Cao Viejo is famous for its polychrome reliefs and mural paintings, and the discovery of the Dama de Cao, the first known Governess in Peru.
Tourism in Trujillo city
Park called El Paseo de Aguas 
Queens of Trujillo Spring Festival in visiting the Paseo de Aguas in Víctor Larco District 
Pool fun in the Paseo de Aguas 
Tunnel of desires in the El Paseo de Aguas 
Paso Peruvian horse dancing marinera 


Trujillo, has always been the capital of a region whose cultural traditions dating back to at least twelve thousand years old. The existing archaeological sites like the Temple of the Sun and Moon and the city of Chan Chan demonstrate the cities vocation of cultural capital. Trujillo now emerges as a cultural capital, service center and equipment, with its universities, schools and basic technology, they are developing a comprehensive capital and a base for sustained innovations for development.[61]


Primary and secondary school

The city has more than 833 schools, 83% of schools are concentrated in urban continuum, corresponding to 50% to the district of Trujillo. The concentration of educational institutions in the district of Trujillo is primarily for the secondary level (53%) where there is a greater presence of the private sector. The expansion of state educational infrastructure and increasing participation of the private sector in education has allowed progress in educational coverage ciudad.[62] Some primary and secondary schools most representative of the city of Trujillo are:

  • National College San Juan of Trujillo, in this school in 1915 the poet César Vallejo he taught first grade to novelist Ciro Alegría.
  • Seminary College San Carlos and San Marcelo, has over 386 years of formative presence in the region, provides educational services in primary and secondary levels of males. It is considered a historic school in the country by resolution number 018-2011-ED. This school was founded on November 4, 1625 by trujillan bishop Carlos Marcelo Corne.[63]
  • Great Unity School José Faustino Sánchez Carrión, is considered one of the landmarks of the city schools.
  • College Santa Rosa, located in the historic center of the city.
  • College Rafael Narvaez Cadenillas, is a pilot school, part of the School of Education and Communication Sciences of the National University of Trujillo. It was founded in 1992 and located in local spaces of the UNT campus.
  • Modelo College is one of the flagship schools of Trujillo. It is located on the corner of Spain and El Ejército avenues facing the Plaza Bolognesi.


National University of Trujillo

Trujillo is home to many higher education institutions, including the majority of the universities and vocational institutes in northern Peru. The most recognized universities are the National University of Trujillo, one of the most important universities in Perú, which was created on May 10, 1824 by Simon Bolivar and from their classrooms graduated poets: César Vallejo who was one of the leading representatives of the North Group, Alejandro Romualdo, political philosophers: Antenor Orrego, political ideologues: Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre(APRA), Luciano Castillo (Socialist Party of Peru), economists Luis Alva, Pacific Huaman, Cesar Liza, Jaime Verastegui, writers: Ciro Alegría, Eduardo Gonzalez Viaña.

People related with National University of Trujillo (UNT)
Poet Cesar Vallejo
called by Thomas Merton "the greatest universal poet since Dante", studied at National University of Trujillo 
José Faustino Sánchez Carrión
considered by congress of his country the founder of Peruvian Republic, he also founded with Simon Bolivar the National University of Trujillo on May 10, 1824 
Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre
He is considered the most important Peruvian political leader of 20th century, studied literature at UNT 
Ciro Alegría
journalist, politician, and novelist 
Eduardo González Viaña
Studied laws at UNT, he's a direct successor of the North Group 

Other well-known universities are Antenor Orrego Private University, Cesar Vallejo University, Catholic University of Trujillo, Private University of the North which belongs to Laurete International Universities (Laureate Education) being the one of two international universities in Peru, Private University of Trujillo, Leonardo Da Vinci University, Alas Peruanas University, the archdiocesan seminary, and some other regions universities established in the city.

The city also has the Regional Conservatory of Music "Carlos Valderrama" which has university status since 2011.

Other Tertiary Institutes

Among principal Institutes of Technology in the city are TECSUP, SENATI, SENCICO, Nueva Esperanza, Leonardo da Vinci and Institute of the North. Also in the city there is the School of Arts Macedonio de la Torre founded by the painter Pedro Azabache Bustamante.

Museums and Exhibition Halls

Museum of site in Chan Chan
Museum of site in Huaca del Sol
Museum of Modern art
  • Museo del Juguete (Toy Museum)

Located a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas with its coffee bar is one of the most splendid of the city and unique in the country, owned by renowned painter Gerardo Chavez, here you can find toys to mid-20th century.

  • Museo de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art)

Another museum belonging to the painter Gerardo Chavez, is located in the urbanization Semirustica El Bosque, the museum displays works of prominent artists, both national and foreign, and sculptures but also find a coffee bar and souvenir sales, is the first museum of modern art in Peru.

  • Museo Casa de la Emancipación (Emancipation House Museum)

Is considered as a Civic Sanctuary of the city: here the Marquis Torre Tagle conceived the independence of Trujillo in 1820. Also here was Hosted the First Constitutional Congress and the Government Palace with Riva Agüero.Nowadays it hosts cultural exhibitions.It is located on the corner of Jiron Gamarra with Jiron Pizarro streets; is a traditional cultural center for excellence in Trujillo, here are art exhibitions and special ceremonies are performed in the central courtyard. With a well-restored house belonging to Banco Continental, is a must for all tourists seeking culture in Trujillo.

  • Museo Huacas de Moche (Museum of Moche Temples)

Located at the foot of the Huaca de la Luna in the Moche District, this modern museum was opened in 2010 and it shows the recent archaeological discoveries of the Moche ceremonial religious center. Next to the Mochica monuments is a great touristic circuit for not stop visiting in Trujillo.

  • Chan Chan Museum

The museum is located at the foot of Chan Chan, the largest mud city in Latin America are shown in the most important findings found in the Chimu city as well as studies on political and religious division.

Trujillo's historic heritage

Festivals and Events

Young couple on a dance show of Marinera during a visit of United States Navy in Trujillo city
Chalan in its Peruvian paso horse dancing marinera with a woman dancer
Chalanes trujillanos riding Peruvian paso horses in Víctor Larco

Trujillo city has many national and international festivals. Festivals and events occurring regularly include:

A festival of typical dance is very representative of the city, the national competition is organized by the Club Libertad and takes place the last week of January, couples of dancers from different parts of the country and the world are prepared every year for contest the top of the different categories of competition that draws thousands of tourists every year. It also highlights the marinera parade also with the participation of Peruvian paso horses and typical riders called chalanes through the main streets of the historic center.

Is considered by some as the most representative festival of the city that lives up to the nickname he carries. The festival is one of the most important in Peru and is done in early October of each year, by the Lions Club of La Libertad Region. The first festival was held in 1950, and has been held annually since. The flower festival has a rich and varied program of over a hundred activities to meet the tastes and interests of Trujillo people and thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. The activities are carried out for a month in which the city takes on a festive environment, thousands of domestic and foreign tourists arriving in the town for various events like the coronation of the Queen of Spring, competition horses step, the parade of foreign queens and Spring Corso through the main avenues of the city, where visitors revel in the maneuvers of the Guaripolas. The festival closes with the spring parade or corso and a private party organized by the Lions Club.

Held in the resort of Las Delicias in the district of Moche on March 14, 15 and 16, is a feast day and it has been a tradition with a strong Spanish influence, which are enjoyed various activities for adults, youth and children, party hosts are Don Jose and Dona Josefa and Ms Maja, the event begins with the description of characters, activities, bars, flamenco dancing, etc. This festival is accompanied by a procession of the patron Saint Joseph, the fashion show, the bullfight, the parade of characters, and toromatch pamplonada in which involved several teams from other departments. Some houses are become in Spanish bars decorated with motifs like flags, grimaldas and posters.[64]

Trujillo is considered cradle of Peruvian paso horse and in the city there are contests organized by the Association of Breeders and Owners of Paso Horses in La Libertad, the best known and most important are The National Competition Paso Horses being done within the framework of the International Spring Festival made between September and October[65] and in the Festival and International Competition of Marinera in January.[66] Peruvian government has declared this kind of horses as Nation's cultural heritage.[67]

  • Trujillo Book Festival, in the year 2012 it took place the 5th edition organized by the Peruvian Chamber of Book by agreement with the Provincial Municipality of Trujillo, in the framework of the celebrations of 477 years of Spanish foundation of Trujillo. This time, it is estimated that more than 100,000 visitors attended to the "Plazuela El Recreo" to the 152 cultural and artistic activities, such as book presentations, poetry readings, tributes, lectures, shows and children's activities.[68]
  • Festival of Lyric Singing, It is an international festival that takes place in November of every year and it is a competition of singers from several countries.[69][70] In 2011 took place the 15th edition of this festival. This event features singers international exponents of the lyric mainly from Americas, Asia and Europe, in addition have the presence of teachers and international pianists, It is organized by the Cultural Promotion Center of Trujillo, and it takes place in the Municipal theater of the city.[71]
  • Independence Day of Trujillo, is celebrated on December 29 of each year to commemorate the day of the proclamation of independence of Trujillo made in the Main Square in 1820 by the Marquis of Torre Tagle, It is officially declared a holiday in the entire province with many cultural and artistic activities in celebration.[72]
  • Carnival of Huanchaco
In Huanchaco a carnival takes place in early February of every year

The festival took place from the early 20th century in the District of Huanchaco. District residents were emulating the famous Venetian Carnival, when, years later, the carnival was organized by the Huanchaco Club. The carnival has many activities including the crowning of the queen, surf contest, Luau party, Creativity in the Sand. The carnival parade among others, takes place in early February.

The International version began performing since 1977 at the Municipal Theatre with the participation of delegations from many countries of the world being well known, the national version is made with the participation of delegations representing various regions of country.

The city celebrates on April on every year the most important beauty event of the region. Every province of the region is represented by a miss that contest for the miss La Libertad title. This event has been realized in various locations including historical places as the Plaza de armas, the city of Chan Chan, Huanchaco beach etc.[73]

It takes place in the town of Santiago de Huamán The origin of this traditional festival dates back more than 300 years. It is a religious festival that attracts the interest of pilgrims and tourists who visit the historic temple of Santiago de Huaman. The celebration of the festival takes place from 13 to 27 May in honor of the Lord of Huaman; are made novenas, rosary and confessions offered by his faithful devotees. The celebrations also include morning and afternoon sports.[76]
  • Gastronomic festival of Trujillo, also called Sabe a Perú, it honors flagship products of kitchen trujillana like pepper of moche. In addition, also performed various art shows and dances, as marinera and tondero. Also contests are held, such as the best dishes of the fair representatives from the gastronomy of Trujillo, among participants are restaurants, kitchens rural, huariques, etc.[77]


cebiche, typical dish of Trujillo city, National Cultural Heritage by the Peruvian government
Shambar is a soup, typical dish of Trujillo city

Trujillo's gastronomy has a tasty and varied variety of dishes, in some cases ancient tradition, are prepared on the basis of fish, shellfish, seaweed, birds, livestock, land, etc., are counted in more than a hundred typical foods. The names of the dishes are almost always original and even natives. Today with the rise of Peruvian food in the city have established many institutes of gastronomy.

Among the most representative dishes include:

  • Cebiche, several historical sources claim that this dish originated about 2000 years ago in the ancient Moche culture.[78] which had its capital south of the city of Trujillo. The dish is prepared using 5 basic ingredients: fish fillet cut in chunks with lemon, onion, salt and chili or chili Moche.[79][80] The dish is added to a variety of ingredients to taste, one result of this combination is mixed cebiche. Fish that can be used are very diverse and include species of both freshwater and sea, also includes other seafood such as shellfish and seaweed and even vegetables. The dish can be accompanied by products such as sweet potatoes, boiled corn, cassava, lettuce leaves, roasted corn, etc. According to historical sources Peruvian ceviche had originated first in the Moche culture on the coast of its present territory for over two thousand years. Different chronicles report that along the Peruvian coast was consumed fish with salt and chili. This dish has been declared National Cultural Heritage by the Peruvian government.[81]
  • Shambar, soup made with beans also includes smoked ham. Served with roasted corn. In restaurants traditionally served on Mondays.
  • Theologian soup: broth turkey and / or chicken with soaked bread, potatoes, milk and cheese, is traditionally prepared in the district of Moche.
  • Beans to the Trujillo: black beans with sesame seeds and chili mirasol.
  • Pepián of turkey: turkey stew with rice, ground corn, cilantro and chili.
  • Trujillo fish: steamed fish with eggs and onion sauce.
  • Mollejitas to the sillao: exquisite dish served with onion salad and boiled yucc.[82][83]
  • The alfajores of Trujillo
In the city of Trujillo is typical the manufacturing and consumption of sweets and a series of traditional alfajores; formerly called Alfajor ofTrujillo that has been manufactured by various candy stores being the best known Dulcería Castañeda, this candy store has become a traditional brand of alfajores in the city; since 1925 they have made alfajores and various giant named alfajor king kong formerly known as "Alfajor of Trujillo", "Dulcería Castañeda" currently has several locals. Its main products are their alfajores and which are requested as classics sweet souvenirs of the city of the everlasting spring.
  • Drinks
Among the highlights typical drinks are chicha of Moche, made of jora; chicha of Magdalena de Cao, etc.

Music and dance

The music and dance that represents to the city is the Marinera, and the city is considered as Capital of Marinera,[84] this dance and choreographic and musical forms in its various regional varieties, has been declared as national cultural heritage. The city has numerous dance academies where they grow this traditional dance, some since very young, also in these academies are preparing many participants from the city to the national competition of this dance held every year in January.


View of Salaverry port from the air, one of the most active commercial ports from Peru

The city is connected to all the main coastal cities by the Pan-American Highway.

Important to the city's transportation network is the Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport located in Huanchaco District northwest of Trujillo metropolitan area.

The port town of Salaverry located at southwest Trujillo city is one of most commercial ports of Peru. Salaverry port is located some 258 nautical miles North of Callao. Its good linking with Trujillo (12 km) and the Panamerican Highway (8 km) makes the port of easy access by road to the shippers and receivers (mainly fishmeal, fertilizers, mineral concentrates, rice and sugar) located within its influence area. This port has great commercial activity due to agricultural exports. Another port town is Chicama (Puerto Malabrigo) are used for maritime connection. with the world.

  • Public Transportation

According to studies by the Municipality of Trujillo in the city, it is estimated that there is a weekly demand of 29.285 passengers traveling by bus outside of Trujillo and 28.580 passengers are arriving weekly to the city by the same transportation, so that the municipality plans to build a bus station starting mid-2012.[4] As part of the shares of the project "Sustainable Cities" that is executing the Municipality of Trujillo in agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank, It has been presented a "Plan of mobility for Trujillo ", it consists of four main projects: implementation of Segregated cycle facilities, pedestrianization of the historic center, the construction of the green ring of España avenue and the implementation of Light rail for the city.[85]

Main avenues


In Trujillo city are available virtually all existing communications services that can be used to transmit or exchange information permanently from public telephones and internet booths up to wireless communication networks.[87]

Trujillo concentrates much of the entire media of the La Libertad Region, in television, radio, print and communication services through the internet and fixed and mobile telephony. There are also mail and courier service companies locally, nationally and internationally as Perú Mail Express,[88] Serpost[89] and others.


Among the newspapers published in the city of Trujillo; one of the largest circulation newspaper is La Industria,[90] also publishes the newspaper Nuevo Norte[91] and the evening newspaper that is called Satélite.[92]


Television channels

Trujillo is the headquarters of several television channels some with a presence in several cities in the northern region. The following table shows the TV channels based in Trujillo.

TV stations in Trujillo city
Name Channel Name Channel
UCV Satelital 15 Antena Norte[93] 35
Ozono TV 41 TV Mundo 27
Frecuencia TV 55 SOL TV[94] 21
CTV Televisión 45 UPAO TV 39


From Trujillo several stations emit their radio signal type AM and FM . Following is a table with some FM stations.

Radio stations in Trujillo city
FM Radios
Radio MHz Radio MHz
Radio Nova 105.1 MHz Frecuencia 100 101.9 MHz
Stereo Diplomat Radio 92.1 MHz 96 Bravaza 96.1 MHz
Ozono Radio 104.1 MHz Radio La Grande 99.1 MHz
Radio Rumba 99.9 MHz PeruFolkRadio
Radio Boulevard


A pre-Columbian pottery of a Mochica navigator (3,000 years old)

Some of the most popular sports in the city are volleyball, basketball, swimming, karate, surfing practiced mostly in Huanchaco beach, sandboarding, etc. The most popular sport and is practiced in Trujillo is soccer, now represented in the Peruvian primera division of soccer by club Cesar Vallejo University. One of the clubs historic town is the Carlos A. Mannucci currently in Peruvian segunda división. The main sports arena in the professional league for soccer is estadio Mansiche, the main stage for volleyball is the coliseo Gran Chimu both located in the Sports complex Mansiche.

Sport events

The Huanchaco longboard world is a surfing competition takes place since 2010 in the El Elio Beach in Huanchaco and brings together leading surfers of several countries of the world.[98]

2013 Bolivarian Games

Main article: 2013 Bolivarian Games

The Trujillo 2013 Bolivarian Games (Spanish: Juegos Bolivarianos), officially the XVII Bolivarian Games, will be a major international multi-sport event that will be held from November 16–30, 2013 in Trujillo city. The commission of the Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO) traveled to the city in early 2011 to make a visual inspection of its facilities, the review found that Trujillo has good conditions to develop the games, so the city will host the Bolivarian Games of 2013, confirmation of this headquarters was made public on February 7, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro. Approximately 5,000 athletes from 11 or 12 nations are expected to participate in 36 sports.[100]

Parks and green zones

  • The Mansiche Alameda, located in the historic "old entrance of Mansiche" that was part of the ancient city wall, in the historic area of the monumental center of Trujillo. The place has a set of very old trees and is the venue for cultural presentations.[101]
  • Botanical Garden of Trujillo , located on America South Avenue near the oval Larco and near the Historical Center of Trujillo and is also known as the green lung of Trujillo. It houses a large number of different plants of the coast, highlands and jungle; this botanical garden preserves species such as "pallar mochero", "pardo cotton" and many other plants. In this conservation center abounds a great variety of birds that have come attracted by plants.[102]
  • Swamps of Huanchaco
Swamps of Huanchaco is an ecological Chimu reserve, about 14 km (9 mi) northwest of the historic center of Trujillo city, Peru. From this ecological reserve the ancient mochica extracted the raw material for the manufacture of the legendary Caballitos de totora used since the time of the Moche for fishing. It is seen very close the waves of the ocean and far away the mythic town of Huanchaco.
Also known as Wetlands of Huanchaco is an ecological Chimu reserve located in Huanchaco Beach, about 14 km northwest of Trujillo city, Peru. From this ecological reserve the ancient mochica extracted the raw material for the manufacture of the ancient Caballitos de totora used since the time of the Moche for fishing. Currently Huanchaco fishermen still use their materials from this swamps to make their ships of work.[103][104]

Services to citizenship

Water supply, sanitation and energy

The public company for water supply and sanitation in the city and so La Libertad Region is SEDALIB which is formed by shareholders of municipalities of the Region. In electricity sector the company that supplies is called Hidrandina.


Some of the principal health centers are the following:

Notable natives and residents

Henry Ian Cusick, Emmy-nominated actor born in Trujillo

Trujillo from 1940 to 1955.


Sister Cities

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