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Just 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) north of the popular tourist town of Trujillo is Huanchaco, a laid-back beach town that is definitely worth the trip for anyone seeking a respite from the rigors of travel. According to Chimú mythology, this peaceful fishing village was the landing-spot of Takaynamo, the founder of the ancient empire who supposedly ordered the construction of the famous mud-brick city of Chan Chan around 1200 AD.

Today, Huanchaco is a popular beach hangout for Peruvians and foreigners alike. Due to its popularity among beach bums, this modest town offers a variety of hotels and restaurants to suit any traveler’s budget. In addition to accommodation, there is a variety of attractions in town, including an artisan market, mouth-watering seafood, relaxed nightlife and surfing lessons.

Early risers can observe the town's fishermen mounting their caballitos de totora, beautifully crafted narrow pointed fishing rafts that appear on both Mochica and Chimú pottery. Or, if you're up for a climb, head up to Santuario de la Virgen del Socorro, reportedly the second-oldest church in Peru. Regardless of where you stay or what you do, the general attitude in Huanchaco is that you can have a lot of fun doing very little.

In recent years, Huanchaco and other villages along this coast have suffered damages due to rough seas in winter. The beach here has eroded severely, especially on the north end, putting the totora reed flats in danger.

Pop: 38,500

Alt: 6 m/19.5 ft

Phone Code: 044


Other places nearby Huanchaco: Huancabamba, Lambayeque, Catacaos, Zaña, Trujillo, Máncora, Zorritos, Chiclayo, Piura and Caral.

11 May 2012

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Surfing Lessons

The surf is up in Huanchaco if you can handle it. Peruvian longboard champions of times gone by now give lessons to those eager enough. Beware: the water is freezing, requiring a wet suit, and the ...
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Playa El Varadero

It doesn\'t take long to figure out that the Playa El Varadero is where most of the action happens in Huanchaco. Tourists and locals alike converge on the sidewalk bordering the beach, beating a path ...
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Cultural Spaces in Huanchaco

It isn’t just all surf and sun in Huanchaco. There is a rising tide of fine art and other cultural spaces in this fishing village. Galería de Arte Club Colonial (daily 1-10 p.m. Av. La Ribera ...
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