I arranged a private tour with a great company called Trujillo del Peru, for about 20 of us. This is a great tour company - on time, responsive during the booking process, professional. Their two buses they provided included a driver and an English speaking tour guide. The guides and drivers wear company shirts so you can easily recognize them. Our guide on my bus was William. He clearly loves his work, and is full of knowledge about the area and everything we saw. He was born and still lives in Trujillo.
Our tour included visits to the La Huaca del Sol (temple of the sun) and La Huaca de la Luna (temple of the moon), Chan Chan, a UNESCO world heritage site, the city plaza of Trujillo, a visit to a restored wealthy home alongside the plaza, and a lunch visit to Huanchaco Beach, where these cool reed boats are still used for fishing (and tourist photos.....)
The two temples - moon and sun - are ongoing archealogical sites. These temples reflect the civilization of the Moche people, of the pre-Columbian era, and 1,000 years before the Incas. Moche lived here from 200-900 AD. They were a kingdom of autonomous cities sharing a common culture and were agriculturally based. They hunted, fished, developed elaborate and sophisticated irrigation systems and held ceremonies, including sacrificial rites to offer to the god that would bring rain, as this is a place where there is very little of it.
Chan Chan is another archeological site situated about a 30 minutes drive from Trujillo. It is the largest adobe city in the ancient world, and to walk through it would take about 3 days. We just saw a very small portion of it. This complex was created by the Chimu people, who were the grandchildren of the Moche. They lived here peacefully, much like the Moche, from 900-1400 AD. Many were artisans and this culture was similar to the Moche, but they believed in the power of the sun, moon and tides for their beneficial rains.
Pieces of furniture from the house on the Plaza de Armas
This is the liberty statue in the middle of the Plaza de Armas
Salaverry Port - the gateway to Trujillo. It's a tiny little port and very barren.
That little pile of rocks near the center of the photo is where the sacrifice ceremonies were held