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The city of Chan Chan had an estimated population of 35,000 between 1100 and 1300 AD.

By Andrew Kolasinski

Ten minutes outside Peru’s northern city of Trujillo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose scale staggers the imagination. Chan Chan, the ancient adobe city of the Chimu culture is simply immense, covering almost 5,000 acres.

The site, the capital of Peru’s biggest pre-Inca empire is the world’s largest adobe structure.

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A moche painting at Huaca de la Luna.

By Daniel Baylis

Trujillo has been coined “The land of eternal spring.” That’s because the general climate of the region is delightful – warm and sunny nearly every day of the year.

Home to great food, friendly people, world-recognized archeological sites and a dance style all of its own, Trujillo is oftenoverlooked as travelers’ are hypnotized by Peru’s glamorous mainattraction. The Inca ruins of Machu Piccu are unarguably a “must do” while in Peru, but if you’re ready to jump off the worn-out travelers’ circuit, a good place to start is Trujillo.

Here are ten things to doon your first visit to Trujillo.

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In 2006, archaeologists in Peru found the 1,600-year-old remains of a warrior woman and leader in northern Peru. They call her la Señora de Cao, and she is now housed at El Brujo Archaeological Complex, where visitors can see the tattoos on her well preserved arms.

In this interview, Régulo Franco, head of the project at El Brujo, talks about the significance of the Lady of Cao’s discovery and how tourists can enjoy a visit to the ruins and museum.

El Brujo Archaeological Complex is the site of ruins, a museum and the mummy of a 1,600-year-old female leader.

By Milagros Vera Colens,
El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Why should we visit the El Brujo complex?

Régulo Franco: Because you will find a cultural sequence of 5,000 years, from preceramic times to the European occupation in the 16th century. We also have one of the main sanctuaries of the Moches, with reliefs of magical and religious images. And also because we have a museum — the Cao museum — which contains jewelry and relics found in these 20 years of management [of the El Brujo archaeological complex] and which has the mummy of a female ruler in an extraordinary state of preservation, along with her personal jewelry and clothing.

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By Jessie Kwak
Photos by Robert Kittilson

Huanchaco’s sunsets in the early spring months are not the Technicolor radiance of tropical postcards; they are pastel confections of slate gray and pale pink, the sun a bloody disk swallowed up by a sea that boils like mercury, reflecting the rose and bronze of the sky. I could sit on the beach and watch those sunsets forever.

Sunsets on the beach are a novelty for a desert-born girl like me.  They were half the reason I wanted to stay in Huanchaco in the first place, but when we told people where our new apartment was, they looked at us like we’d been had. “That’s so far from the beach,” we were told over and over again. “But it’s only five blocks,” we replied. They just shook their heads.

Welcome to Huanchaco. It’s mellow, tranquilo. The locals use the word to describe why they live there, the foreign surfers use it to describe why they’ve stayed so much longer than they intended. For some travelers, though, it’s pejorative. Recently arrived from partying in Máncora, they shrug: Huanchaco is too tranquilo.

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By Renzo Guerrero de Luna 
El Comercio

An eating tour through Trujillo, PeruDoña Panchita is visited even by the President for her famous deep fried pork. For over 30 years, this fine lady, mother of 10 children, prepares what for many is the best breakfast in Trujillo: a portion of pork cooked in a pot served with yucca, salad, coffee and two loaves of bread. On a good day she sells about 150 kilos, say one of her daughters and one of her daughters-in-law. “We are one big happy family united in this business thanks to these wonderful hands (Doña Panchita’s),” they say as they proudly show pictures of the authorities who visit them regularly. Most of them belong to the APRA party, they admit without hiding their sympathy with the party of the red star, although they make it clear that all are treated equally. With the same love.

Just like this place, located in block 5 of Spain Avenue, others have become a reference point for those who know good food. One of them is undoubtedly the Salon de Te Buenos Aires. Dozens of people enter and exit this place on block 3 of Jiron Pizarro (half a block from the Plaza de Armas in Trujillo) with a smile that says it all. Their sandwiches are delicious, especially the turkey sandwich. Unbeatable. Doña Carmen Maeshiro runs this place that has existed for 67 years. It is almost an institution. When asked about the secret sauce that accompanies the turkey, this lady gracefully changes the subject. Her workers do not know. At first glance, it contains Chinese onion. Other than that, we can say very little but enjoy very much.