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Well-preserved colonial architecture, rich local cuisine, and spectacular archaeological sites make Trujillo a must-see tourist destination. Inhabited for centuries by the Moche and Chimú peoples, who practiced human sacrifice and left some of the greatest structures and artworks in pre-Colombian Peru, the town was later conquered by the Spanish and filled with graceful colonial architecture. Today, Trujillo is renowned for its spicy northern cuisine and warm hospitality, which are abundantly on display in its excellent hotels and restaurants. You'll see why this City of Eternal Spring, officially founded in 1534, competes with Arequipa for the title of Peru's second city. The only problem is trying to find time to visit all the sights—literally, since many places close from 1 to 4 for lunch.


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