Trujillo is home to some highly significant archeological sites, including the ancient city of Chan Chan, the Temples of the Sun and Moon (Huacas Sol y Luna), and a number of other sacred sites. Chan Chan was the largest adobe city in the world, and in fact the largest city of Precolombian times. The so-called Temples of the Sun and Moon actually have no special connection to the sun or moon, but are simply called by those names. The Temple of the Moon was a site of real sacrificial combat, meaning that the loser would be sacrificed. As for who or what they were sacrificed to, the image of one of these personalities is at the top of this post. These archeological sites in and around Trujillo are indeed highly recommended.

Although Trujillo is the third largest city in Peru, it is pretty rough going for nomad cafes. My theory is that its quota is in nearby Huanchaco. But there were a few places that were just about workable.

Taberna Calixto
Calixto seems to be the best spot in town. One Trujillo resident described it to me as a “hidden cafe.” It’s kind of hidden, I guess, since it can only be accessed from the main pedestrian thoroughfare. I thought it was a very nice location, with great outdoor seating. They have indoor seating as well though, which is not used so much, and there are outlets as well. One time one of the staff seemed a bit put out when I asked for the wifi password, suggesting I should order something more, but they have been fine every other time I have been there. Most people who go there are just getting cappuchinos and chilling outside. Hours are from 7:30am to 10pm every day, except Sundays when they go from 8am to 2pm.

Casona Deza
The only other place I could find in Trujillo was Casona Deza. Normally, you shouldn’t try the places with the white tablecloths. But Deza here has a large courtyard as well. It’s a good place, but the hours really aren’t so convenient. They are 5:30pm to midnight every day, except Sundays when they are closed. If you working into the evening though, this place should be fine.

Although I personally ended up staying in Trujillo for some few nights, I don’t think it can compare with Huanchaco as a place to stay. However, while staying in Huanchaco, I was coming into Trujillo at least twice a week. And when I did, I would work at the aforementioned cafes.

Enjoy your visit to Trujillo and the bloodthirsty gods of old!