La Libertad

(34 meters) above sea level

 

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Pyramids and Colonial Ambience

Temples, pyramids and cities of mud that survive inclement weather: Chan Chan, Huaca del Sol y la Luna, el Brujo are some of the most remarkable destinations in the province of La Libertad.

It offers exquisite colonial architecture in the beautiful mansions that line its streets, living culture with deeply-rooted customs like fishing on Caballitos de Tortora (the traditional reed rafts of the northern coast), and renowned beaches that attract surfers from around the world.

It is the birthplace of the seductive “marinera”, the national dance of Peru. La Libertad, the very picture of ancient nobility.

  • Location: North coast of Peru, beaches, fertile valleys, mountains and jungle.
  • Size: 25,962 Km2 (10,024 sq. miles).

Routes & length of stay

3 Days

(minimum
recommended
length of stay)

  • 1/2 day: Temples of the Sun and of the Moon: District of Moche, 5 miles south of the city.
  • 1 day: Sightseeing in Trujillo: Main Square, the Cathedral, principalmansions and churches. Museum visits.
  • 1 day: Archeological circuit and Huanchaco beach resort: Citadel of Chan Chan, La Esmeralda and Arco Iris temples.
  • 1 day: Ascope Province: El Brujo archeological complex, Puerto Chicama (Malabrigo): port and beach resort.
  • 2 days: Pacasmayo Province: Pacasmayo beach resort, Cañoncillo Forest, village of San Pedro de Lloc.

Recommended for La Libertad

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  • Archeology aficionados, who will be extremely pleased with the grand historical landmarks of Chan Chan and the Temple of the Sun and with the colorful friezes of the Temple of the Moon and El Brujo.
  • Nature lovers, who can enter the Cañoncillo Forest and visit its three lagoons.
  • Bird watchers, who should go to the village of Sinsicap, 2 hours from Trujillo, to see endemic species and a variety of lovely hummingbirds.
  • Surfers, who have great beaches to surf in Huanchaco and Chicama (Malabrigo).

What to buy?

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Artisans in Trujillo still carry on age old traditions, like wood carving, silver filigree, straw weaving and leather embossing. In the towns of Otuzco, Huamachuco and Pataz, you will discover very attractive wool ponchos and shawls.

What to eat?

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The generous ocean provides the cuisine of Trujillo its main ingredients; the best fish and shellfish are combined with produce of the valleys to prepare delicious dishes like causa de lapa and causa de raya (mashed potatoes stuffed with limpets or ray, respectively), cebiches, jaleas (a mixture of fried fish and seafood, seasoned with onions and tomatoes) and any number of soups with a fish base. Honorable mention goes out to pepián de choclo (a flavorful corn mush) and sopa teóloga (type of spicy chicken soup), an expression of mixed Spanish and native cooking. And for dessert, try any of the tempting quince fruit treats and humitas (sweet corn roll). There are also restaurants offering a wide variety of international food.

Typical dishes La Libertad

  • Shámbar: Is one of the most representative meals of Trujillo, capital of the region of La Libertad. It is a hearty soup of wheat produced from legumes and has Andean origin. The preparation takes chickpeas, peas, green beans, morón wheat, pork skin, smoked ham, red pepper sauce, garlic, onion, cilantro and chicken. The dish is accompanied by toasted “court” corn and restaurants is traditionally served on Mondays.
  • Dry of cabrito to the northern: The dry goat is the classic dish of the Moche region. It is a stew of tender goat marinated in chicha and vinegar. Usually they include beans seasoned with onion and boiled yucca. The black beans are to be prepared with sesame and chili mirasol.
  • Sweaty Northern fish: It is a delicious dish, which is prepared with lovely fish, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, green peppers and other ingredients more. It is served with rice and boiled cassava. It is a dietary and nutritious dish. It served with chicha or chicha in the north.
  • Ceviche of black shell: Ceviche is nutritious, delicious and typical of the northern departments. Served in various ways depending on the region is Tumbes, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Piura. It is considered an aphrodisiac dish. It is prepared with black scallops, lemon, chopped red onions, hot peppers and more. In presenting corn, sweet potatoes and corn serrano (court) it is included. It may be accompanied with a cold beer, chicha or chicha. They are currently endangered, so many restaurants in Lima are not serving this dish.
La Libertad Attractions in the City
El Recreo Plazuela

El Recreo Plazuela

Visiting Hours: All day and night. Location: Jr. Pizarro, block 9. The imposing gateway of this ancient plazuela (small plaza) indicates the road to the mountains. Restored in 1986, the site contains the ancient fountain that was originally located...

Belén Church

Belén Church

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: Crossroads of Almagro and Ayacucho streets. Its construction began in 1680 and ended in 1708. It was built with adobe, brick and wattle and daub. The entrance is framed by two towers with triangular pilasters....

Cathedral Museum

Cathedral Museum

Visiting Hours: Mon – Fri 9.00 am – 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm/ Sat. 9.00 am – 1.00 pm. Location: Located in the side flank of Trujillo Cathedral. It holds items linked to religion, carvings and...

Trujillo Cathedral

Trujillo Cathedral

Visiting Hours: Daytime. Location: Plaza Mayor. Built in 1666, the site holds valuable works of art, particularly canvasses from the Cuzco school and altarpieces. A: Trujillo main square B: Trujillo cathedral

Trujillo Plaza Mayor (Main Square)

Trujillo Plaza Mayor (Main Square)

Visiting Hours: All day and night. Location: City centre. Martín de Astete established the plaza as the city centre under the orders of Diego de Almagro. The main part of the plaza contains the La Libertad (freedom) monument, a...

La Libertad Attractions Beyond the City
Huaca El Dragón (Dragon Temple) or Arco Iris (Rainbow Temple)- La Libertad

Huaca El Dragón (Dragon Temple) or Arco Iris (Rainbow Temple)- La Libertad

Visiting Hours : Mon – Sun 9.00 am – 4.30 pm. Location : 4 km from Trujillo (10 minutes by car).   An adobe pyramid, which is of great importance because its construction is believed to have occurred at the start...

Huanchaco Beach Resort (Trujillo)

Huanchaco Beach Resort (Trujillo)

Visiting Hours: Daytime and at night. Location: 13 km north-west of Trujillo (15 minutes by car). According to legend, Prince Tacaynamo and his entourage landed in Huanchaco 800 years ago, founding the first Chimú dynasty. “Caballitos de totora” (reed...

Huacas de Moche (Moche Temples) Museum (Trujillo)

Huacas de Moche (Moche Temples) Museum (Trujillo)

Visiting Hours: Mon – Sun 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. Location: 300 metres from the Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon). Inaugurated in June, 2010. Organized into three thematic halls, the structure makes reference to the building...

Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun) and Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) (Trujillo)

Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun) and Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) (Trujillo)

Visiting Hours: Mon – Sun 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. Location: 8 km south of Trujillo (15 minutes by car). The Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun) served as a political-administrative centre and the Huaca de la Luna...

Chan Chan Citadel (Trujillo)

Chan Chan Citadel (Trujillo)

Visiting Hours: Mon – Sun 9.00 am – 4.30 pm. Location: 5 km north-west of Trujillo, in Moche valley (10 minutes by car). The largest pre-Hispanic mud city in the Americas. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in...

La Libertad Festivals
Surfing Championship (Campeonato de Surf)-La Libertad

Surfing Championship (Campeonato de Surf)-La Libertad

La Libertad Begins: 16-April Ends: 20-April It takes place in Malabrigo Beach (also known as Chicama), with surfers from all over the world taking part in this championship. This beach is famous worldwide for having the longest left-hand break in the...

Saint Festival (San Jose Festival)-La Libertad

Saint Festival (San Jose Festival)-La Libertad

La Libertad Begins: 01-February Ends: 31-March Evokes Spanish traditions. Typical Spanish food and drinks are served, residents dress up, and the streets and houses are decorated in the Spanish style. There are processions of Peruvian Paso horses,a Pamplona-style bull run, bars...

Virgin of the Gate ( Virgen de la Puerta)-La Labertad

Virgin of the Gate ( Virgen de la Puerta)-La Labertad

La Libertad Begins: 12-December Ends: 15-December Mamita de la Puerta (Our Mother of the Gate) is known as the saint of the sick and disabled. Her departure from the church is a touching show: she descends from high above the temple...

Marinera Festival (La Libertad)

Marinera Festival (La Libertad)

La Libertad Begins: 01-January Ends: 31-January The Concurso Nacional de Marinera (National Marinera Competition), one of the most elegant partner dances in Peru, is held at Trujillo’s Gran Chimú Coliseum. Different categories and choreography styles are judged. Both dancers move while...

Ceviche

Ceviche

Fish fillet cut into pieces cooked with lemon, onion and hot Limo chilies.

Shambar

Shambar

Wheat soup made with pig skin and smoked ham, beans and spring onions. Served with toasted corn (‘cancha’). Only available on Mondays.

Sopa teóloga (Theologian|s Soup)

Sopa teóloga (Theologian|s Soup)

Turkey and/or chicken soup with soaked bread, potatoes, milk and cheese.

Turkey pepián

Turkey pepián

Turkey stew with rice, ground sweetcorn, coriander and chilies.

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