Magical Peru #6: Huanchaco

After visiting Chan Chan (Huaca del Dragon) and the pyramids of Huaca de la Luna and Huaca del Sol, of the Moche ancient culture and the Chimu empire, we headed to the town of Huanchaco, a popular beach resort for Trujillo residents.

Huanchaco is a town and a beach from origin mochica that is visited commonly as a summer vacation spot, It is located in the northern of Trujillo city, in Peru. Huanchaco is the most visited beach of Trujillo city and It is famous for several things but particularly for being a surfer’s dream spot and its caballitos de totora. The most famous food here is the ceviche. Huanchaco is nearby the very famous ruins of Chan Chan. Throughout 2008 the town underwent significant improvements with all streets being paved with decorative bricks and the main street landscaped with plants. In 2012 Huanchaco has been approved as a World Surfing Reserve by the organization Save The Waves Coalition. This historic town is part of the tourist circuit called the “Moche Route” or “Ruta Moche”. Located 12 km northwest Trujillo, sits in a bay, on a terrace at the foot of Campana mountain. Today is a beautiful beach that despite its modernity, still retains its old charm.

We started out trip around Peru from the capital, Lima, the main entry point for foreigners arriving in Peru. From Lima, we went to Trujillo, Huanchaco, Chiclayo, Arequipa, Chivay, Canyon de Colca, Puno, Lago Titicaca, Cusco, Valle Sagrado, Aguas Caliente and, of course, Machu Pichu. On the way, we visited many archaeological sites and learnt about the ancient civilizations that made pre-Columbian Peru.

After departing Lima, we headed to the North Coast. In Trujillo we stayed at the Hotel Colonial, which you can see on the previous video. From Trujillo we visited the cities of Huanchaco and Chiclayo, and the archaeological sites of Huaca de la Luna, Huaca del Sol, Chan Chan and the tomb of the Lord of Sipán, including their museums.

Após passar algumas semanas apenas em Lima estudando espanhol e conhecendo o que a capital peruana tem a oferecer, nós partimos para explorar o país. Começando pela região Norte, fomos até Trujillo, Chiclayo, Huanchaco, Huacas del Sol e de la Luna, Chan Chan e o sítio arqueológico da Tumba do Lorde Sipán. Depois, descemos pelo Sul do Perú e terminamos nossa jornada no interior, em Machu Pichu.

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