Trujillo, Peru

The port city of Salaverry (near Trujillo, inland), Peru.  Note -- the desert along the Pacific Ocean is a geologic feature, all along the northern and central coasts of Peru

The port city of Salaverry (near Trujillo, inland), Peru. Note — the desert along the Pacific Ocean is a geologic feature, all along the northern and central coasts of Peru

The port city of Salaverry, Peru, located about 8 miles (14 km) west of Trujillo, was named after the Peruvian soldier and politician, Felipe Santiago Salaverry.  The port was rebuilt in the 1960s by an English company and is able to accommodate large ships, including tourist ships, such as those of the Carnival Company.  According to our local lecturer aboard our ship, surfing was invented in northern Peru, near Salaverry, about 1,000 to 2,000 years ago.  The striking geological feature of the city is that it is built adjacent to the Pacific Ocean coast on the edge of the vast desert that runs along the ocean all across northern and central Peru.  Most of us think of Cuzco and Machu Picchu and the Andes mountains when we think about the geology of Peru; when the lecturer talked about the desert, it was a big surprise.  Seeing the desert in person, it was even more striking than the photos (see the last photo in this blog post…).

Catedral de Santa María, (Cathedral of Santa Maria), constructed 1647-1666, Trujillo, Peru

Catedral de Santa María, (Cathedral of Santa Maria), constructed 1647-1666, Trujillo, Peru

The dominant structure in downtown Trujillo, across from the Plaza de Armas (the main city square) in the center of the city, is Catedral de Santa María, (Cathedral of Santa Maria), constructed 1647-1666.

Closeup of the entry facade of Catedral de Santa María, (Cathedral of Santa Maria), constructed 1647-1666, Trujillo, Peru

Closeup of the entry facade of Catedral de Santa María, (Cathedral of Santa Maria), constructed 1647-1666, Trujillo, Peru

Pope Paul VI elevated the cathedral to the rank of Minor Basilica in 1967.  Inside there are numerous ornate altarpieces (in Baroque and rococo styles), valuable canvasses from the Cuzco school (Cuzco was the former capital of the Inca empire), and a museum containing religious art.

This vendor's street cart features two traditional Peruvian snacks -- white beans and fried corn kernels, Trujillo, Peru

This vendor’s street cart features two traditional Peruvian snacks — white beans and fried corn kernels, Trujillo, Peru

The local drink, famous worldwide, is the pisco sour — made with pisco, lime juice, simple (sugar) syrup, and a splash of Angostorra bitters.  Pisco is distilled grape juice; both Peru and Chile claim to have been the first to create pisco.  Being in Peru, first, the locals were quite persuasive that the pisco sour is Peruvian!

A view of the Catedral de Santa María, (Cathedral of Santa Maria) from the Plaza de Armas (the main city square) in the center of Trujillo, Peru

A view of the Catedral de Santa María, (Cathedral of Santa Maria) from the Plaza de Armas (the main city square) in the center of Trujillo, Peru

 

Another street cart, this one with local fruits and vegetables, near Plaza de Armas, Trujillo, Peru

Another street cart, this one with local fruits and vegetables, near Plaza de Armas, Trujillo, Peru

 

Monumento a la Libertad (Freedom Monument), in the center of Plaza de Armas, Trujillo, Peru

Monumento a la Libertad (Freedom Monument), in the center of Plaza de Armas, Trujillo, Peru

 

Casa de Bracamonte, across from Plaza de Armas, Trujillo, Peru

Casa de Bracamonte, across from Plaza de Armas, Trujillo, Peru

 

A street vendor selling the local fried, sweet pastries , Trujillo, Peru

A street vendor selling the local fried, sweet pastries, Trujillo, Peru

Casa de Urquiaga, a 16th century mansion rebuilt after the 1619 eqrthquake, across from Plaza de Armas, Trujillo, Peru

Casa de Urquiaga, a 16th century mansion rebuilt after the 1619 earthquake, across from Plaza de Armas, Trujillo, Peru

This magnificent 16th century mansion (which was carefully rebuilt after being destroyed in a 1619 earthquake) showcases rooms with period furnishings, gorgeous chandeliers, pre-Colombian ceramics, and three lovely courtyards.  Of major significance, this home houses the writing desk from where Simon Bolivar worked to orchestrate plans for Peru’s independence from the Spanish empire in 1824.

La Compania, Trujillo, Peru

La Compania, Trujillo, Peru

 

The vastness of the ocean-front desert, Salaverry (port), Peru

The vastness of the ocean-front desert, Salaverry (port), Peru

Within Peru, the Sechura Desert (also Nazca Desert) is described as the strip along the northern Pacific coast of Peru; it extends from the coast 12 to 60 miles (20–100 km) inland to the secondary ridges of the Andes Mountains.

 

4 thoughts on “Trujillo, Peru

  1. Hi Richard,

    Love the blog especially that my son-in-law is Peruvian. Sent it on to him and my daughter for their enjoyment. His recipe for a Pisco sour, however, contains a raw egg.

    Gene

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    • My recipe came from the lecturer on board, who lives in Lima; he did note that to add a little froth, some people use an egg or egg white (which reminds us of the San Francisco, CA, Bay Area’s Ramos Fizzes, esp. at the old Alta Mira in Sausalito).
      We have really enjoyed Peru and look forward to returning. Many more posts to follow before we move on to Chile…
      Rich

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  2. Hi Richard and Robin, Thank you for sharing your travels. They are very interesting and feel almost ,like one could be there. You two must be having an awesome time. What an experience!!!!!

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