One of the most beautiful cities in Peru, Trujillo was founded in 1534 by Peru's conquistador Francisco Pizarro who named it after his birthplace in Spain. This colonial and republican city, 560 km (350 miles) north of Lima flourished when numerous families of nobles settled there to exploit gold and silver mines and the large sugar plantations.
Trujillo, with its year round spring-like climate, is full of tradition and aristocratic mansions. West of Trujillo is Huanchaco, a charming fishing village. As their ancestors did centuries ago, fishermen here still ride the waves in fragile reed boats called "Caballito de Totora". From Trujillo you can continue your trip to Chiclayo, Cajamarca or Huaraz.