Wandering in Trujillo

Trujillo Travel Blog

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Cathedral on the plaza

The north is not (as) often visited as the south of Peru. It is a pity as the scenery is really impressive and Trujillo and its neighbouring town of Huanchaco (pronounced Wan-chuck-oh, hey, Chuck is here too)are really cool places.

 

The Plaza de Armas in Trujillo is beautiful as are the surrounding roads. There are a lot of old buildings which have been restored, mostly by the banks who now own and occupy them, and painted in funky colours. They have a really nice way of using the old buildings. The majority have a façade with an entrance and then a courtyard before the main building. As a result, the banks that now occupy the buildings are able to keep the beautiful old facades and then modernise from the courtyards onwards.

Can you see a taxi - note the balcony
As a result the streets are colourful and retain the old charm. A really elegant solution to modernising a city. Another interesting thing is the second floors typically have intricate balconies, which were originally designed so the high society ladies could look out on the commoners without being seen.

 

Today was the day for wandering around and exploring. The weather was great. It must have been about 25 degrees and shining – perfect for walking around and catching a few rays. We were partly right when we said there were no street names. There are some, but commonly they don’t match up to what is on the map. Nice touch. They chose a nice intricate font painted onto tiles to add a further level of complication as you can only read the name from about a metre away.

 

Now an important Spanish lesson (seeing as this is a short descriptive day).

They like dull things (like me)
2 important words are “sin” and “con”, literally “without” and “with”. Always important for coffee with or without milk, water with or without gas (as you can’t drink the tap water) and most importantly you would not want to order a beer without alcohol.

 

We had dinner at a small place called La Valentina, which is about 500m from the plaza. They really take service to a new extreme. They are trying very hard to be classy, and actually do a good job. It is just such a contrast from the other restaurants and general chaos outside. As an example, when our meal of pizzas arrived it was placed on a separate table and when we had finished a piece the waiter would come and serve us another piece individually. Strange but cute.

 

The other interesting thing we had here was a fruit pizza. Not just the normal pineapple, but peach, raisins and dates. Sounds odd but was actually very tasty – one to eat slowly and worth a bash. Thinking about it, mango could be pretty good too.
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Cathedral on the plaza
Cathedral on the plaza
Can you see a taxi - note the balc…
Can you see a taxi - note the bal…
They like dull things (like me)
They like dull things (like me)
More taxis in front of the plaza
More taxis in front of the plaza
Example of a courtyard into an exc…
Example of a courtyard into an ex…
Our hotel
Our hotel
Blending into the colour scheme
Blending into the colour scheme
Blue sky
Blue sky
Trujillo
photo by: Paulovic