Playa de Huanchaco, Huanchaco

#1 of 13 in Outdoors in La Libertad Region
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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  • We have spent 3 weeks in Huanchaco and visited other places from here. It's a great little place, always a lively beach area and lots of restaurants to choose from as well as laundry, spa, etc.  more »
  • Great to walk on, busy with lots of vendors. Good restaurants. Fishing on pier. Pay 1 sol per person to enter pier. Buy fishing paddles cheap (5-10 soles). We didn’t swim, just sat under umbrellas...  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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