26 Mar Perfect Surf and Sunsets at Huanchaco
After hours and hours of driving through the desert, my night bus from Mancora finally reached the big city of Trujillo. From here, you would have to travel about 20 more minutes to reach the beach town of Huanchaco.
Half-asleep and tired from the journey, I grabbed the first taxi I saw at the bus station at Trujillo. If you’re on a budget (who isn’t?), I’d recommend taking a bus instead of having to pay 20 Sols for a taxi ride. The red/orange public bus that drive by every 5 minutes will cost you only 1.50 sols instead. You can hail these magical buses like cabs, stopping anytime you want them to.
Here’s how to spend your days in between surfing and sunsets at Huanchaco:
Stay at the most conveniently located hostel, Casa Fresh. Right across a surf spot, and walking distance to the best cafes and restaurants. Hangout all afternoon at the balcony or try to get first dibs on the hammock on the rooftop!
Walk along the main road, and have breakfast (and wi-fi) at Meri Hostel or Chocolate Cafe. They are equally delicious so I alternated between these two every day. You’ll have loads of different options from huge fruit salad bowls, mouthwatering pancakes and English or American style breakfast plates at 8 to 15 sols per person. Meri Hostel opens much later though, around 10 am and Chocolate Cafe is closed on Tuesdays.
One of my favorite parts of being in a new town is walking aimlessly and finding interesting scenery and architecture. Huanchaco has several parks, perfect for some yoga in the afternoons. You can also find Spanish lessons by the hour and a couple of different day spas around town.
There’s a pleasant chill in the air, but Huanchaco is a dry desert so you’ll find loads of giant cacti, fuschia bougainvillas and my favorite tree, the Malinche which blooms vibrant red flowers during the dry season.
Of course there is surf, and lots of it! The most popular spot is by the pier where everyone tries to catch a wave. The water is COLD, so surfing with a wetsuit is a must. No worries if you don’t own one. Most surf shops have rentals for every size at a reasonable price.
Have a cold bottle of Trujillo while waiting for the day’s perfect sunset at Casa Fresh‘s balcony. You’ll probably bump into loads of familiar faces here, travelers or other surfers you’ve met in other parts of the world.
If you have a little bit more time, reserve a whole day to take the local bus an hour and a half all the way to the sleepy coastal town of Puerto Chicama, where you will find the world’s longest wave measuring 2.2 kilometers from where the wave breaks. Absolute heaven.
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