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The well-preserved colonial architecture, pleasant climate, and archaeological sites have made Trujillo a popular tourist destination. The Plaza de Armas and beautifully maintained colonial buildings make central Trujillo a delightful place to while away an afternoon. It was occupied for centuries before the arrival of the Spaniards, and ruins from the Moche and Chimú people are nearby, as is a decent museum. Combine this with a selection of excellent hotels, restaurants, and cafés, and you'll see why the City of Eternal Spring, officially founded in 1534, competes with Arequipa for the title of Peru's "Second City." The only serious problem for tourists is trying to fit in the time to visit all the sights—literally, since many places close from 1 to 4 for lunch.


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