Temples, pyramids and geoglyphs
Visit the temples of the Sun and Moon at the Mochica archaeological site on the northern coast of Peru. The Temple of the Stars and the White Hill Temple pyramids are also located here, along with the renowned spider geoglyph perched on the hillside nearby.
The mysterious Mochica culture was centered here from AD 100 to 900. The Moche Temples cover an area of 148 acres and are separated by an esplanade 500 yards wide, under which lies the urban center where the Moche élite lived. The Mochica era ended because El Niño brought tropical rains and floods to the northern coast of Peru.
Exploring Trujillo City
Next you’ll head to the city of Trujillo. Your first stop will be at the main square. Beautiful colonial buildings found here include the cathedral, City Hall, the offices of the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, and the beautiful houses of the patrician families, as well as the Hotel El Libertador.
Visit the colonial house of the Urquiaga family—aristocrat farmers whose social status dates back to the early days of the Republic. Colorfully painted, the house features meticulously crafted wrought iron window shutters as well as enormous patios and living rooms that define opulence.
The Paso horse exhibition
Then visit a typical hacienda for Marinera dance show and a Paso horse exhibition. This sub-equine breed, originally from Peru, has the gentlest gait of the riding horses with a unique a four-step timing. The horses are descendants of the Barbican Cordovan horse that the Spaniards introduced during the Conquest of Peru (1532).
They were bred to cross the Peruvian deserts, moving the front and back hoof of the same side simultaneously, creating an amble-like step. The main breeding places of these horses are in Trujillo, Ica and Lima.