Trujillo

Monday, October 16 to Friday, October 20

Trujillo is one of three cities of over 1 million on the north coast of Peru. Historically it was the most important but Piura and Chiclayo have overtaken it in recent years. The central historical district is very well preserved. Trujillo was one of the endpoints of the historic Moyobamba route, which connected Peru's Pacific coast with the Amazon river.

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The Pope is coming in January and that is a big deal. The central plaza was fenced off for reconstruction.


The main cathedral



Another pictureque church. There are fourteen within the historc area.


The Casa de la Emancipacion is where Trujillo Declared its independence from Spain. It was the second city in Peru to do so, after Lambayeque (outside Chiclayo).



Damage to the building in the 1970 earthquake. It was later repaired - I was standing in the destroyed room when I took this picture of a picture.


Diorama of historic Trujillo. Trujillo was one of three cities in South America with a wall around them in colonial times for protection from pirates. The other two were Lima, Peru and Cartagena, Colombia. Trujillo began growing outside the wall in the mid-1800s. In 1942 the wall was torn down (except for a few remnants) and replaced with a four lane avenue that circles the historic region.


The biggest section of remaining wall is this balustrade that now contains a small park.


A modern replica of one of the original five gates to the city.


A few of the many balconies that Trujillo is famous for.




In the mid 1800s this house was considered to be one of the most elegant in South America. Today it belongs to the Club Central, a private club which many of Trujillo's wealthiest families belong to. The building is closed to outsiders except for the first central patio and a room to the right which is used for art exhibitions.



Next door to the exclusive Club Central is the Casa del Pueblo, or People's House. This was founded decades ago by APRA, one of Peru's political parties. Anybody is welcome here. In the back they have a very cheap cafeteria. In the middle is a large meeting room with historic photos. The patio is open for events. One afternoon I stopped by and watched some teenages taking folk dancing lessons. Another evening grade school children were doing a musical performance.


The Casa de la Identidad is another old mansion turned into a museum.


The entrance from inside.


I like the balconies of Trujillo.




A fixer-upper just a few blocks from the central plaza.


A small display in one of the museums was of old currency from the mid-1800s when the banks issued their own paper money. This was interesting because they put a dog in the middle. No one that I asked had any idea as to why. The dog has no local significance.


One of the more unusual attractions in Trujillo is a small private museum of old toys. The dolls hanging from the ceiling and mounted on the wall are a bit creepy. The collection of lead toy soldiers is impressive. The photos I took only show a small part of that.







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