|Welcome to Huanchaco|
EXPLORING HUANCHACO PERU – FISHING IN HUANCHACHO
The streets of Huanchaco, Peru are filled with stalls selling every bucket and spade combination in every colour and size imaginable. The uncharacteristic buildings sell souvenirs and enough ice-cream to eat until you pop. I can only speak for the days we spent here but I’m sure even on the sunniest days it feels overcast in Huanchaco.
There is no particular pull factor that draws people here, nothing spectacular, nothing magnificent. There is actually nothing remarkable about Huanchaco, just like there is nothing remarkable about Blackpool yet people will never stop visiting. Maybe it’s tradition, maybe it’s something else.
WHERE TO STAY IN HUANCHACO, PERU
Hostal Casa Fresh is a great small hostel on the seafront in Huanachao. A 10 minute walk along the ocean will get you to the Pier of Huanchaco and other amenities. Rooms are cheap with 4 bed dorms at roughly $6 per night. The reception is friendly and helpful and there is a sociable terrace where many people sit to watch the sunset. Casa Fresh is clean enough and in a prime location with the main bus stop to the town of Trujillo just outside. Casa Fresh is a great budget place to stay when in Huanchaco.
|Hostal Casa Fresh|
HUANCHACHO PEIR, PERU
The pier in Huanchaco is the heart and soul of the town and one of the top things to do in Huancahco. Locals and tourists alike throw in lines and hope to get the biggest and tastiest catch. I lost Jamie for 3 whole days but knew if I wanted I could find him (covered in fish) in the same spot at the end of the pier.
Local men sell wooden boards with hooks, line, weights and bait so even the best dresses city slickers can try their luck. Huanchaco funnily enough has tapped into a very successful and lucrative form of tourism here there isn’t one person who doesn’t get involved. It just goes to show even the most unlikely of places can find its niche.
WEEKENDS ON THE COAST – FISHING IN HUANCHACO
It’s the oldest and most simple form of tourism I can think of, bucket and spade days on the coast. Throughout history as a species we’ve spent countless hours on unremarkable sands just enjoying being by the ocean. It’s probably ingrained in us as a race.
|And of course, would it really be the pacific coast without a sunset|
TRIPS FROM HUANCHACO, PERU
The busy town of Trujillo is filled with colourful colonial architecture. The busy Plaza de Armas is home to the photogenic Freedom Momentum and worth a visit no your way to the bust street of Paseo Pizarro to grab a famous Peruvian Menu del Dia. Expect to pay local prices in Trujillo as it is usually sheltered from the level of tourism in Huanchaco. Take the chicken bus from Huanchaco and set aside a morning only to explore the streets of Trujillo as this small destination can be explored in a few hours. We actually visited so Jamie could get a haircut but ended up enjoying a few days in a classical colonial Latin city. The bus will cost between $1-$2 and leaves from the main road outside Hostal Casa Fresh. Taxis will cost roughly $5-$7.