Where It's At
Founded in 1534 by Diego Trujillo, Trujillo is one of the
many colonial cities in Peru and known as the birthplace of
the marinera dance, the Chimú culture and surfing. Today it is the economic center of Northern
Peru and a major tourist attraction.
Quite amazingly what has made Trujillo so popular is not its
architecture and colonial history but its magnificent beaches
and waves. Only ten minutes out of Trujillo you will find
the Huanchaco Beach. It is believed that the first
surfers ever were the ancient Peruvians a belief demonstrated
in ancient Peruvian culture and art. The surf like boats were
originally used by Moche and Chimu people for fishing. They
are called "little horses" or caballitos and are still built today in the traditional way and are still
used by some for fishing. You only need a few dollars and
you will have the chance to experience this ancient local
art of surfing and fishing.
Hit the Waves
The Peruvian waves are the longest in the world and for that
reason Trujillo is so famous as the paradise for surfers!
Trujillo hosts several competitions and surfing championships
the most popular takes place every March. October to March
is the best season to enjoy amazing waves in the Northern
If you choose to visit the area in September take advantage
of the last week of the month, as it is the time of the International
Spring Festival. It one week of great celebrations to
welcome spring and it is a great opportunity to enjoy the
local culture, dance, parades, music and local delicacies.