Depart from Salaverry’s port area for your tour’s primary destination—the city of Trujillo, where the independence from Spain was proclaimed for the first time in 1820. This is the third-largest city in Peru and Trujillo still retains much of its colonial charm with a splendid backdrop of the vast green and brown of the Andean foothills.
In the heart of Trujillo, you will see the pleasant and spacious Plaza de Armas, where the main cathedral and City Hall stand. Magnificent buildings with decorative windows and balconies surround this impressive colonial square.
Back in time to the Chimu Empire
Next you’ll head to the Chan Chan complex, the capital of the ancient Chimu Empire. This large ancient metropolis lies just three miles from Trujillo and is close to the ocean. Historians estimate that Chan-Chan had a population of 50,000 to 60,000 people. This adobe city also contains nine enormous and quite distinguishable enclosures, each constituting a smaller city within the larger urban center.
Chan Chan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers nearly eight square miles. It is almost a thousand years old and is an amazingly well preserved testimony to the sophistication of South American society long before the Incas or Spaniards arrived.