Salaverry is the port for Trujillo, Peru's third largest city. Located about nine hours north of Lima, Trujillo was founded in 1534 by the Spanish conquistador Pizarro. The attractive, colonial city retains much of its original charm with elegant casonas, or mansions, lining the streets.
Nearby is Chan Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimú, a local Indian tribe who came under the rule of the Incas. The area has several other Chimú sites, some dating back about 1500 years.
The region is also famous as the home of the Peruvian Paso horses, as well as excellent beaches offering world-class surfing and other water sports.
The ship is scheduled to dock at Salaverry. The port is located six miles (about 10 km) south of Trujillo. Taxis are available outside the port's main gate. They accept U.S. dollars, but make sure to agree on the fare before leaving the port.
Souvenir items and postcards can be found at the port and at shops located along Gamarra Street. The local currency is the nuevo sol. Most shops accept U.S. dollars.
In this coastal area, local dishes include different varieties of ceviche. Another typical dish is shambard, a wheat soup with peas, beans, beef and pork meat. The local beer is also recommended.
Plaza de Armas
The city's main square is considered the largest square in the country, with a granite and marble monument in honour of the heroes of the Independence War. The Basílica Mayor, first built in 1666 and destroyed by an earthquake in 1759, was restored in the late 18th century. It houses a valuable collection of paintings of the Cusco style.
Monasterio del Carmen
Built in 1724, this fine architectural complex is one of the richest in the northern part of the country. It contains around 150 paintings, for the most part belonging to the 12th and 13th centuries.
Iglesia de Santa Clara and Iglesia de San Agustín
Built in 1548 and 1558 respectively, these churches are fine examples of Baroque architecture and boast beautiful, wood carved altars.
Iglesia de la Compañía
This church dates from the 17th century and was part of the Jesuit convent. Its interior is known for its attractive arcades.
Casonas or Mansions
The casonas are reminders of the Spanish influence. They have preserved traits of colonial architecture in their large patios, elegant façades and beautiful window gratings. Some of the best known include Casa de Mayorazgo, Casa Bracamonte and Casa Ganoza.
The most important museums include the Museum of the Republic and the Collection of José Cassinelli.
Silver Shore Privato is unavailable in Salaverry, due to the very limited number of qualified guides and suitable vehicles. Guests wishing to consider any private arrangements should enquire at Shoreconcierge@silversea.com for availability and price.