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Downtown Trujillo is a grid of relatively short blocks ringed by Avenida España. At the heart of the centro is the Plaza de Armas, and the main sights are all nearby on the major streets leading off the square. Getting around the small centro is thus best managed on foot. However, you'll need to take either a taxi or a public bus to visit the major archaeological sites outside Trujillo, or the beachside suburb, Huanchaco.

Confusing as can be are Trujillo's street names: Nearly every street and avenue has two names and two corresponding signs, one a smaller printed version and the other a fancier painted sign. Most maps go by the smaller, printed name, which is what I give in this chapter.

Several urbanizaciones, or residential districts, lie just beyond Avenida España. Urbanización El Recreo, where several resort-style hotels are located, is just west of Av. 28 de Julio. Chan Chan is just 5km (3 miles) northwest of the city, on the way to the airport and Huanchaco. The Huacas de Moche are 8km (5 miles) south of town beyond the Carretera Industrial.

By Taxi -- Taxis are plentiful in Trujillo. Most in-town fares, inside the Avenida España ring, are about S/4. A taxi ride to Chan Chan or Huanchaco costs about S/15. You can hire taxis by the hour (S/20) or by the day S/100 to S/125 to tour archaeological sites in the environs. Be sure to negotiate or ask first in the tourist office to determine the fare.

By Bus -- Combis and ómnibuses cost S/1. Somewhat rickety buses will take you to Huanchaco for S/3.

By Car -- If you want to rent a vehicle to make trips to Chan Chan and other sites, or even to travel around the northern region, try Global Car Rental, Ecuador 122, Of. 201, Urbanización El Recreo (tel. 044/295-548).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.