R’n’R in Huanchaco on Peru’s Tranquil North Coast

Two weeks in Lima left us pretty exhausted from the never-ceasing tooting traffic, crazy standing bus rides in mini vans fit for gnomes and the fact that we always had to have our wits about us for security reasons. What was needed next was a good rest by the beach. So we did just that and headed to Huanchaco, on Peru’s north coast.

Huanchaco is an 18 hour bus ride north-west of Lima best known for its fishing and long waves.

Most of the week there was spent catching up with a lovely friend and fellow Aussie that we met in Bolivia, who was now volunteering in Huanchaco. The remainder of the time was spent relaxing, watching the surf and hoping for a clear day. The whole time we were in Huanchaco there was a grey haze that smothered the horizon, making the days seem bleak and turning the water opal-coloured.

Along the coast, small reed fishing boats line the sandy shore. These boats called Caballitos de Totora are some of the oldest marine rafts in history. The art of weaving these rafts has been handed down amongst generations for centuries.

Of course, finding good food was a big part of the program, and somewhat difficult in Huanchaco. Although food is cheaper than in the larger cities, there have been many reported cases of bacterial poisoning, including with ourselves. Ceviche is one of the town’s most famous dishes and only eaten fresh during the daytime. The shorefront is lined with cevicherias offering lunchtime menus, however for travellers with less than hardened stomachs, it may be best to find alternative dishes.

We also took some time to explore the ancient ruins of Chan Chan and the closest main city, Trujillo. Trujillo is best known for its beautiful and bright colonial architecture. It was founded by the Spanish in 1534 and subsequently named after conquistador Pizarro’s birthplace, Villa Trujillo.

In the mid-20th century, Trujillo started gaining wealth from the rise of agricultural production and export, especially in sugar cane. Today sugar cane and its sweet smell surround the city.

Back in Huanchaco the relaxation continued while we watched the sunset over the hazy horizon.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • © Natasha Malinda. This website and its contents is exclusively copyright to Natasha Malinda. All rights reserved. You may not, except with prior and express written permission, copy, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.

  • Natasha Malinda from Melbourne, Australia
TED Blog

The TED Blog shares interesting news about TED, TED Talks video, the TED Prize and more.


Look what happens when Dai meets Dal...


African Communities Organisation of South Australia

Exploring Ecuador

Megan Brabec

La Flaca Lucia y Gerry

Our Tango classes in Buenos Aires

Flor de Milonga

Events and Details of Flor de Milonga!!

Secha's Travels

Travelog de SechaNua

more colorful

Living life in CMYK

Greener Ways

living a more ethical existence

Travel and Leisure Blog

Latest travel news on food and wine, town and country, family tarvel and budget tours etc.

The cloudforest adventure blog

Sharing ideas and experiences about teaching English in Intag and developing ecotourism to save the cloud forest in Northern Ecuador

Coffee Tours in Ecuador

by EcuadorTraveler.com

Rowing Through Life

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost~


Unique Travel for the Eco Adventurer (c)

The Green Blog Network

A global network of green bloggers.


Just another WordPress.com site

The Passport Report

~ Paradise At Home and Abroad~

Sarah M. Langdon Photography

Photographer, Videographer, Writer

The Responsible Traveller

Sustainable Travel Photography

%d bloggers like this: