La Libertad



Capital: City of Trujillo

Altitude: 36 m.a.s.l.

Distance: 500 kilometers from Lima.


The province of La Libertad is located in the Northern part of the country. Its relief is very varied with coast, sierra and jungle.


Trujillo is one of the most notable and cosy cities of Peru.


Founded in 1534 by the conqueror Diego de Almagro. The city became the administrative capital of the north of the Peruvian vice-royalty. The Spanish built spectacular churches with altars and gold leaves and filled the city with convents and schools; as well as with houses and artistic gratings, sunlit patios, rooms with finely carved furniture and leather-embossed chests.


During the XVIII century, due to the frequent pirat attacks, they built walls that are still visible. In 1619, an earthquake destroyed the city. Years later, in 1624, a new period surge started with the rebuildings of palaces and the opening of the seminary and the school of the Jesuits.


The kind and open spirit of its people is famous as is its varied and delicious food. On its busy streets, filled with little stands, you can visit several vice-royalty monuments.


In Trujillo, the African dances (brought by the black slaves) and the Spanish dances fused tightly. From the fusion emerged: la marinera, el tondero and la resbalosa.


The city is known as the capital of la Marinera, and it celebrates during January a well attended National Festival. Trujillo is home of the "paso horses" unique in the world and of its elegant horse-dealers with ponchos of linen and hay hats.


It is interesting to visit:


  • Square of Arms
  • The Cathedral
  • House of Bracamonte
  • House of Urquiaga
  • House of Mariscal de Orbegoso
  • House of Independence
  • Palace of Iturregui
  • Thermal Baths of Cachicadan


And also the churches:


Belen, Santo Domingo, Santa Ana, La Compañia, San Agustin, La Merced. The Cloister of San Francisco. And the Monastery El Carmen.


Besides the museums:


  • Arqueologia,Antropologia e Historia National Trujillo University Museum
  • Catedralicio Museum
  • Pinacoteca de La Iglesia del Carmen
  • Juan Ormea Museum
  • Del Juguete Museum
  • José Cassinelli Museum
  • Chan Chan Museum
  • Huaca el Dragón Museum
  • University Antenor Orrego Natural history Museum
  • Arte Moderno Museum


Tourist Site Attractions:


Chan Chan ruins, located at 4 kilometers from Trujillo. Capital citadell of the Chimu Royalty that houses 50 thousand inhabitants. It is considered the oldest clay city of the antique. It has streets, houses, water deposits, pyramids and all other facilities of an urban center. It was declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by the UNESCO in 1986.


Huaca del Sol y de la Luna Archeological Complex, located at 8 kilometers from Trujillo. The pyramid of the sun is approximately 20 meters high. According to the tradition it was built in only 3 days by 250.000 men and 70 millon adobes. It was built with funeral, ceremonial and possibly administrative purposes.


The Pyramid of the Moon is made of temples which are superposed according to the different periods of the Mochicas. Archeologists have found a tumb with more than 40 sacrified warriors.


Other Ruins:


Huaca Esmeralda, adobe pyramid located at 5 kilometers from Trujillo. Archeological site that dates back from the Chimu Culture.


Huaca del Dragon o Arcoiris, adobe pyramid located at 8 kilometers from Trujillo. It is considered the first settlement of the Chimú Culture. It has an estimated age of 1100 years.


Archeological site El Brujo, located at 60 kilometers from Trujillo in the Valley of Chicama, county of Ascope. This site stands out for a pyramid of adobe that is 30 meters high on whose walls the Mochicas moulded a very rich iconography; the best-known sample is "Degollador de Cabezas".


Beach of Huanchaco, located at 11 kilometers from the city of Trujillo, famous for its seafood and its handmade boats from the Mochica: the little totora horses.


The Puerto of Chicama, at 70 kilometers from the city of Trujillo. It is located on a wide and windy beach, and it is an ideal place for windsurfing. The use of totora boats is also common.


Mountain of Chepen, located at 142 kilometers from Trujillo, in the city of Chepen. It is a group of buildings made of stone, where rooms, watch-towers and worshipping sites stand out.


City of Otuzco, located in the county of La Libertad at 85 kilometers from Trujillo. A picturesque city of the sierra liberteña, surrounded by beautiful Andean landscapes and well attended place because it houses the Virgen de la Puerta, patron saint of the place.


Pacasmayo province with its beautiful hot springs, Raimondi Museum and some archeologicalinterest places as Dos Cabezas mountain(Moche Culture.At Huamachuco:Marcahuamachuco(Huamachuco Culture),Arqueologico Museum, Sausacocha lagoon, Yanasara hot springs.


There are attractive landscapes with forests, especially eucalyptus. Built on a rocky and arid zone, it was created by the Agustin Missionaries who found, in this region, an entrance door to the inland of La Libertad and an outlet to the coast. There they made an hermitage more than 360 years ago.


The festivity of the Virgen de la Puerta is carried out in Otuzco, between December 13th., and 16th.


Thermal Baths of Cachicadan, located at 183 kilometers from Trujillo, in the county of Santiago de Chuco. A town that is settled on the slope of the mountain La Botica.


The Spring Festival of Trujillo


The spring festival was created in 1950 by the iniciative of the Lions Club of Trujillo, which elected a beauty queen and carried out a parade with allegoric cars along the main street of the city followed by a merry juvenile party. This is how the festival came to be which would later become the major tourist attraction on the northern of Peru and one the most important of America.


In 1965 the Festival featured for the first time a group of chill-leaders from the USA, champions of the US, which became a tradition that identifies the International Spring Festival.


At present, the Festival continues to be organized by the Lions Club of Trujillo and it features a hundred civic, artistic, cultural, folkloric and social events carried out along ten days of intense joy.


The program of activities offers a wide range of alternatives for the visitors, like bull-fights, horse contests, marinera festivals, cock-fights, fashion shows, artistic spectacles, concerts, exhibits, totora horse regattas, surfing contests and many parties.


The flowish of the Festival is the spectacular Spring Parade with music bands, comparsas and allegoric carts competing in originality and colorfulness.


The incomes of the event are used for financing public works for the community.




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