Relax during the half-hour journey to Trujillo. On arrival we visit one of the city’s local colonial mansions once inhabited by aristocrats and farmers at the beginning of the Peruvian Republic in the 1820s. Trujillo was one of the first cities founded by the Spanish conquerors and is rich with historic sights, including a beautiful cathedral and main square called the Plaza de Armas.
After Trujillo, we continue to the Sun and Moon temples, located in the Mochica capital city called Cerro Blanco by modern archaeologists. The Temple of the Sun was partially destroyed and looted by Spanish conquistadors in the 17th century, but the Temple of the Moon was left largely untouched, allowing this smaller of the two adobe temples to reveal more about Peru’s ancient past. This once glorious monument features murals painted in black, bright red, sky blue, white and yellow. A hint of the temple’s original beauty is appreciated inside the huaca, or “ancient place,” where the sun, wind and rain have not eroded the decorative paintings.