Playa de Huanchaco, Huanchaco

#1 of 14 in Outdoors in La Libertad Region
Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
With its long, low waves and excellent surfing conditions, Playa de Huanchaco attracts mostly surfers and beginners learning to surf. The beach boasts many surf schools, cafes, and beach vendors selling fast food and souvenirs. Stalls offering fishing tackle line a long wooden pier protruding into the sea. All over the sand you'll notice typical Andean "totora horses"--boats made of reed--standing upright. Streets and parks nearby have plenty of restaurants serving up excellent seafood. Rent some deck chairs and umbrellas (the sun is fierce) and watch the surfers. With constant waves and chilly water, the beach does not lend itself much to swimming, but if you still want to take a dip, be careful not to step on a sea urchin. Take the guesswork out of planning a Huanchaco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • The most interesting thing here are the traditional reed boats (caballitos de totora) on Huanchaco Beach in Trujillo, Peru. These reed boats only last about a week and then they have to make new ones.  more »
  • During weekends lots of locals from nearby Trujillo visit and the beach can get a bit crowded. As in other seaside resorts, many souvenir shops and vendors dominate the margins of the beach. In...  more »
  • A very dirty beach by locals that go to spend the sunday at the sea, its a surf spot, there's many hostels where stay travelers but more surfers... Its 30 min bus from Trujillo city.
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