A [non-exhaustive because we are not intrepid] guide to an unexpectedly cool city.
You know those places that you have almost no expectation of? Some place on the way to some other place? For us, Trujillo was one of those. Until we arrived.
Trujillo is up from Lima to the north, on the coast. It’s has a nice climate, not hot, not cold, and dry. It’s not a big tourist destination. But we reckon it’s a good place to live it up, and thought we’d offer up some tips on how.
HOW TO LIVE IT UP IN THE BIG T*[*No one calls it that]
First up, we got to swap the van out for a sweet apartment in a sweet neighbourhood in a sweet gated community. Right near a fancy mall. How? Amazing family. [Soz to anyone looking for overlanding or hostel recommendations].
Level of living it up: 100
Second up, we got to see some really amazing archeological sites, and cool old buildings. We could drive to these easily, and most sites had guarded parking [for anyone driving].
Level of living it up: 200
Third up, Trujillo is pretty famous [with Peruvians] for its food. So we went on an eating mission.
Level of living it up: 1000
So here’s what we did, that might help someone else live it up too!
DAY ONE: Old Stuff
We checked out some cool old stuff made by people who don’t exist anymore. Our picks to see are:
The Chimu people were a busy folk who made a lot of cool shit around 850AD especially so we could visit. Chan Chan is a big sand-mud brick – city that some how hasn’t been totally destroyed.
Huaca la Luna y Sol
A sweet Moche temple site, made by another bunch of people who utilised slaves/peasant well. It’s crazy because every hundred years they decided to build a new level of their temple, and cover up the old one. Because you know, why not.
This one’s is about half an hour or more out of the city, but was super interesting because it had a kickass princess-leader mummy covered in tattoos. Oh and massive temple site still used by the world’s shamans [Mum if you’re reading this, you should go].
DAY TWO: Food and old buildings
Peruvian food is amazing. We made it our mission to spend the whole day eating. The problem? Peru’s portion sizes [enormous] and Pisco Sours [so tipsy]. But we still managed to eat breakfast lunch and dinner, because we are warriors.
We also checked out some cool buildings on our way.
Here’s where to eat in Trujillo [if you’re not from Trujillo and don’t know anywhere better to eat in Trujillo].
Breakfast: Panadería Fito Pan [the one behind the Plaza de Armas].
Sándwiches are a big thing in Peru. We saw a bunch of elderly people flocking here and felt a calling to enter [our people].
You get freshly baked bread, and Peruvian level tasty fillings. Try the Pork Mechado [slow cooked goodness] or if you’re a Gringa like me and get excited by cheese and ham toasties, that was pretty good too. Can’t go wrong with a fresh fruit juice.
Backup: La Lucha is a chain, but they also make pretty damn tasty sandwiches, La Luchita is my fav.
Eating break: go see old stuff
Find the pedestrian walkway area off the Plaza Armas, and basically walk into every old building you can [stop when security kick you out].
Lunch: El Mochica
Oh no! We were still full from breakfast because it was only 2 hours before lunch. But because we’re ninjas, we found a way to fit in a pretty epic lunch at this Trujillo stalwart.
Pisco sours have 3 [!] shots each, and made us need to nap pretty hard.
Backup plan: Mar Picante serve up some tasty ceviche and other seafood dishes.
Dinner: Koi Maki Bar
If there’s one thing better than regular Peruvian food, it’s Japanese Peruvian food. That’s because they wrap up all your favourites into maki rolls, which are smaller, and even tastier than the regular dishes.
Add to that some time watching movies, [window] shopping, a pizza night, beers and plenty of sleep, and you’ve got a pretty high living it up level, maybe even 1001.
If you’re reading this and know things about Trujillo, tell us what we missed to give us FOMO!