Trujillo's Parador was once a convent. A large building with a central courtyard, there were many artifacts from times past in the hallways. There were garden spaces which would have been perfect for times of contemplation. My first attempt at leaving the Parador to go and explore the town was unsuccessful because it was difficult to figure out the correct direction to travel once outside. In my first attempt at finding my way, I went down a street which gave me a view of the town walls and of the castle but I knew that the main square was not in that direction. I tried another direction but because the streets were narrow and the buildings two and three stories tall, I couldn't tell if I was even close to going where I wanted to. On each street I saw different dogs... two greeted me from their balcony... one from a garden which was above street level. The dog that gave me giggles was the one that I found in a home just by the Parador. The dog barked at my passing but was hidden behind a gate and a footed screen. I just told it "It's okay, buddy" and it crawled under the screen to greet me at the gate. Too funny! I couldn't help but to sketch him... what a character! Soon after I completed a preliminary sketch, I went back into the Parador for a map of Trujillo... much good it did me. I was STILL confused as to which way to go because the streets went at all angles and didn't seem to match up with the map. Solution: I asked a couple of kids just coming home from school (I assume by the book bags). They directed me towards the church - Iglesia de San Martin - which was on the main square. A main feature of (you guessed it!) Plaza Mayor was the bronze statue of conquistador Francisco Pizarro on horseback. At the statue I met a Spanish family on vacation. I was able to help them by taking their photo towards Palacio del Marques de la Conquista and they helped me with directions to the castle plus an explanation of the sights I was seeing in the square. My walk to the castle started on the street behind the Oficino de Turismo (Casa de la Cadena y Torre de Alfiler). You entered the gated part of the city through the Puerto de Santiago. A sharp right turn led you further up the hill to the Castillo Arabe Trujillo. From the grounds in front of the castle, you could look out over the walls to the Plaza Mayor and far beyond. On the tops of different spires and towers, more huge nests (and their occupants) could easily be seen. It was time to return to the Parador for dinner. Looking at things from a reverse angle as I retraced my steps, I realized that there was a lot I'd missed on the walk up to the castle.