Trujillo, city of everlasting spring, and the beach town of Huanchaco

The further up north you go in Peru, the warmer the weather will become. While travelling up north, you should definitely make a stop at the city of everlasting spring Trujillo and or its beach town Huanchaco. Trujillo is a perfect mix of city life and easy-going pace in Huanchaco. You can have the taste of fast life and history in Trujillo and then a slower more surfer dude chill mode mentality in Huanchaco.

What to do in Trujillo?

There are many things you could devote yourself to in Trujillo and history is a good start, if you are this way inclined. While you are here you should pay a visit to the archeological site Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the ancient world and just ten minutes outside of Huanchaco, between Trujillo and Huanchaco. It was constructed by the Chimus and has survived the biggest earthquake in Trujillo.

The city is also amazing to take a walk around and enjoy its colonial and religious architecture. It’s a city full of colours and life. Start off by the Plaza de Armas, which is the main square in Trujillo city, and walk your way down Pizarro. Further down to Mayarista, the big open market, devote some time to the thieves market, named Tacora, just behind Mayarista.

The largest mosaic wall in the world

Huanchaco and Trujillo have some beautiful graffiti artwork adorning the city walls. Some of them display political statements and others are just made for the fun of art. But many people aren’t aware that Trujillo houses the world’s largest mosaic wall. Close to the inner city and all around the National University of Trujillo is where you will find this amazing artwork. Walk around it, and you will realize that the pictures on the wall represent the history of the Peruvian people. It has taken many talented artisans hard work and dedication to position the tiny colourful tiles and recreate these stories.

During the 80s, the National University was surrounded by a row of trees that did not look inviting to anyone but thieves. The need for a wall was growing for safety reasons. Shortly after the wall was erected, it became the support on which taggers and graffiti artists to express their art, especially coupled with political statements. As time passed, the idea of giving the wall an artistic touch seemed a natural evolution.

Under the direction of the famous painter and artist Rafael Hastings, the first mosaic tiles were placed on the wall in 1992. The goal was to fill the three-kilometer square of the university’s wall extension with 30 million mosaic tiles. The calculated cost of the wall at its completion is two million Soles. Today it is truly a beautiful work of art, definitely worth a visit if you are passing through Trujillo or Huanchaco.

What to do in Huanchaco?

Surfing and consistent waves are what bring most tourists to Huanchaco. The beach town has a very serene and nice feel to it, and many tourists tend to prolong their visit in Huanchaco for that reason. After a hectic travel through South America, there is nothing better than chilling with a bottle of Trujillo beer and some friendly locals. Amongst surfers, it is a popular beach town – even though the water is very cold more or less the whole year – because you can always get your surf on whether you are a beginner or an advanced surfer. Along the beach’s main road, you will find the reed boats (caballitos) that many fishermen still sail every morning, to fish the food of the day.

The sunsets here offer some of the most amazing views you’ll ever see. The sky turns into this magnificent show of colours every evening, and many people gather to get a glimpse of the beautiful artwork of nature. Huanchaco is also home of one of the two oldest churches in Peru. A walk up to the so-called ‘make-out point will give you some beautiful view of the whole town, overlooking the pier and the beach.

Travelling to and out of Trujillo and Huanchaco

You can reach Trujillo and Huanchaco by plane via Lima, which takes about an hour. The airport is a ten-minute ride away, situated between Trujillo and Huanchaco. The long-distance busses like TRC, Cruz del Sur, Linea are all in the city of Trujillo. As general guidance, a taxi ride between Trujillo and Huanchaco should cost no more than S/.10 to S/.15. You can also catch one of the combis or buses for the cost of S/.1.50. Huaraz can be reached using our prime sponsor Linea, or Empresa 14 and Movil Tours. There are no day buses towards Huaraz, only a night service. The journey takes around six hours and tourists should expect to arrive at their destination between 5 and 6 am.

Text and pictures: R. Amad Al Sadi

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