Trujillo is a city in coastal northwestern Peru and the capital of La Libertad Region. It is located on the banks of the Moche River, near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean, in the Moche Valley.
This was a site of the great prehistoric Moche and Chimu cultures before the Inca conquest and subsequent expansion. Many colonial buildings still exists here along with the ruins of the ancient civilization of Chimu and Moche.
Trujillo is also named ‘La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera’ or the city of eternal spring. This name indicates the enjoyable and comfortable weather that this city can be proud of.
The climate of Trujillo itself is a kind of attraction in this city.An International Spring festival is arranged each year to celebrate this eternal spring here.
“One of the most diverse in the world, Peruvian cooking embraces the imported flavors of Spain, China, Italy,West Africa and Japan and integrates them with the native ingredients of Peru.
Cebiche (ceviche), is one of the main dishes of the festival and several historical sources claim that this dish originated about 2000 years ago in the ancient Moche culture.
The dish is prepared using 5 basic ingredients: fish fillet cut in chunks with lemon, onion, salt and chili.
Fish that can be used are very diverse and include species of both freshwater and sea, also includes other seafood such as shellfish and seaweed and even vegetables.
According to historical sources Peruvian ceviche had originated first in the Moche culture on the coast of its present territory for over two thousand years. Different chronicles report that along the Peruvian coast was consumed fish with salt and chili. This dish has been declared National Cultural Heritage by the Peruvian government.