Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru Cruise Port

Southeast of Trujillo is the port city of Salaverry, Peru, a South Pacific Ocean cruise destination within the La Libertad Region. Although Trujillo is the country's second largest city, Salaverry has its own charms and is, in fact, one of the nation's largest ports. A gateway to the Andean foothills and a number of pre-Columbian archaeological sites, this South American town highlights the Moche culture and that of the Chimi people. Although many cruise lines offer shore excursions to Trujillo, there are shopping and dining opportunities in Salaverry, should you not wish to venture from port. Here you'll find plenty of handcrafted art pieces made by local artists, as well as souvenirs and gift items. If it's food you desire, the area restaurants typically serve traditional Peruvian dishes with set meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Salaverry, Peru:
 
  • There are multiple opportunities to explore ancient civilizations. One such trip is the where the coastal Huaca Prieta civilization thrived as early as 4700 B.C. – before ceramics were even introduced. The excavation of maize here in 2012 shows that its people were eating corn a lot sooner than previously surmised.
     
  • For some architecture, visit the site where the Moche lived and worshipped. Here you'll find fascinating temples that were dedicated to the moon and sun; the Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) is still intact and displays colorful images, while the Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun) is still interesting, although it has been partially damaged by time and Spanish conquistadors.
     
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site at Chan Chan is the most popular site among cruise passengers and considered to be one of the most important pre-Columbian towns in South America, and the largest mud city on the planet. It was constructed by the wealthy Chimu people, who left opulent artefacts and intricately decorated temples.
     
  • If it's a beach you seek, try Huanchaco, about 16 miles north of Salaverry. Primarily a fishing village, there's a nice beach here for surfing, swimming, and getting some fresh seafood.

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