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5 Days Surf, Hiking, and Yoga Retreat in Peru

5 Days Surf, Hiking, and Yoga Retreat in Peru

  • Huanchaco, Trujillo, Peru

Peru Yoga Retreat

Come and get off the beaten track in Peru. Here, you will escape the crowds and get to Huanchaco, a world-renowned surf destination close to some of the most important pre-inca ancient temples in Peru. Do you think Machu Picchu is breath-taking? Try Chan Chan and Huaca del Sol y la Luna. You will be going to surf, trek, meditate, and do yoga every day. Get an authentic local experience in this nice mellow beach town.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 2 surf classes for beginners
  • 1 meditation session for beginners
  • Daily energizing juice made with local fruit and green tea extracts
  • Visit to Chan Chan ancient ruins
  • 1 trek to Cerro Campana
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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Your accommodation will be at Casa Amelia. It is a small hostel located right at the seafront in the village of Huanchaco in Peru owned by Dani and Paul, a Peruvian-American couple. Casa Amelia is all about feeling at home. The rooms are big and contain comfortable beds and sofas. You can see the sea from your windows, and the sound of the waves will make you sleep like never before. The guest kitchen, common area with television, Wi-Fi, and guests’ computer give you all the comfort of home. The beautiful garden and roof terraces give you all the space to relax.

Wednesday

  • Welcome drinks and snacks
  • Yoga workshop
  • Dinner

Thursday

  • Energizing juice
  • Yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • Surf class
  • Lunch
  • Yoga workshop
  • Vegan pizza night

Friday

  • Energizing juice
  • Yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • Surf class
  • Lunch
  • Visit to Huaca el Brujo or to Chan Chan
  • Yoga workshop
  • Dinner
  • Group bonfire

Saturday

  • Energizing juice
  • Yoga class
  • Clase de yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Trekking to Cerro Campana
  • Dinner
  • Meditation

Sunday

  • Energizing juice
  • Yoga class
  • Breakfast
  • Visit to Huaca de Sol y la luna (optional)
  • 1 trek to Cerro Campana
  • Visit to Chan Chan ancient ruins or Huaca el Brujo
  • Visit to Huaca de Sol y la luna (optional)

Huanchaco is a beachside town of Mochica origin and a popular vacation spot. It is the most visited beach of Trujillo in Peru. Situated 12 kilometers northwest of the city in a bay, on a terrace at the foot of Campana mountain, Huanchaco is notable for its surf breaks and its caballitos de totora and its ceviche. Huanchaco is near the ruin of Chan Chan.

Huanchaco was approved as a World Surfing Reserve by the organization Save The Waves Coalition in 2012. This historic town is part of the tourist circuit called the "Moche Route" or "Ruta Moche". Today, it is still a beautiful beach that, despite its modernity, still retains its old charm. Huanchaco's original population were indigenous fishermen, who worshipped the moon and a golden fish called Huaca Taska.

Some accounts suggest the name "Huanchaco" may originate from "Gua-Kocha, a Quechua word meaning "beautiful lake". Huanchaco is visited by tourists all over the world, particularly surfers. Several surf events are held and one of the most important each year in January is the Huanchaco longboard. Other nearby attractions include Chan Chan, Mount Campana, a sacred mountain in the Chimu culture and Pampas de Gramalote, a complex for shamanic experiences.

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Surfing
  • Trekking
General
  • Kitchen
  • Television
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer

You will be served vegan, healthy food. Yoga o Clonazepam tries to detox through food and juices using all natural and local products.

  • 1 meditation session for beginners
  • 1 trek to Cerro Campana
  • 2 surf classes for beginners
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily energizing juice made with local fruit and green tea extracts
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Visit to Chan Chan ancient ruins
  • Airfare
  • Bus ticket

Driving directions from Panamerican highway

  • Coming from the Panamerican highway from the north, don’t take the turnoff to Trujillo.
  • Go straight to continue on the Panamerican (signed: ‘dv trujillo’ and then ‘Aeropuerto’ and ‘Lima’).
  • Coming from the Panamerican from the south, take a left on the roundabout when just entering Trujillo.
  • Keep driving for a while until you reach a very large roundabout.
  • From the north this is just after the Primax gas station.
  • Huanchaco is not signed on the roundabout, but it is shortly after you take the turnoff from the roundabout.
  • From the north this is a right turn, from the south this is a left turn.
  • After the roundabout the road will follow for some kilometers, taking you along the seaside.
  • You will pass a checkpoint (you don’t need to stop), soon after that the village will show up.
  • When entering Huanchaco, you will get to a compulsory right turn.
  • This will be just after Sol y Mar.
  • After this right turn, you are in Los Pinos road, where you will pass several hostels and restaurants.
  • Keep driving until you pass the sign for Los Sauces road on your left hand side.
  • The next left is another ‘main road’ that will go parallel to the beach for a kilometer or so.
  • Just keep driving straight now. Don’t worry, you are not driving out of Huanchaco. You are just driving parallel to the beach.
  • Take a left turn at Indigan surf school when you arrive at the football field, which is behind the walls.
  • You will now drive towards the sea again.
  • At the seafront turn right. Casa Amelia is at your right hand side after about a hundred meters.
  • Two houses before restaurant BigBen at number 1150.

Arrival by airplane

Take a plane from Lima or Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) to Trujillo or FAP Captain Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport (TRU).

Arrival by bus

From Trujillo, take a bus going to Huanchaco. There are buses going from Trujillo to Huanchaco until around 9 - 9:30 in the evening. Note that these buses are generally not used by people with big pieces of luggage. With a relatively small backpack / suitcase, you would be fine. Big backpacks / suitcases with an added daypack could definitely become awkward, especially at busy hours. At most bus terminals they are passing close by.

Huanchaco buses are red and yellow and show ‘Huanchaco’ in big letters. Make sure to be at the proper side of the road to take it in the direction towards Huanchaco. The bus will stop if you raise your hand. The bus will cost 1.50 PEN per person, and they are not charging for luggage. Note that the ride will take over half an hour. You will know Huanchaco is coming soon when the bus drives along the ocean front.

Bus attendants are always friendly and will surely help you with getting out at the right point. Don’t worry too much about not getting out at the exact point. From anywhere in Huanchaco, it is just a small walk to Casa Amelia.

Arrival by taxi

From Trujillo, take a taxi going to Huanchaco. A taxi ride to Huanchaco is not expensive and a good idea when your Spanish is limited and / or when heavily packed. A taxi ‘service’, for example at your bus terminal, could charge up to 20 PEN to Huanchaco.

In daytime, a taxi on the street should easily be arranged for around 15 PEN though. Instruct your taxi driver "Avenida Victor Larco 1150, Huanchaco, El Boquerón, a dos casas del Restaurante BigBen". Casa Amelia has a "No" sign with its name and drivers will probably not know it. Use the address or look for the huge sign of the neighbors the Restaurant BigBen.

The doorbell is a bit hidden in the wall, left of the wooden gate.