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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.
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.
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.
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You will be served vegan, healthy food. Yoga o Clonazepam tries to detox through food and juices using all natural and local products.
Take a plane from Lima or Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) to Trujillo or FAP Captain Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport (TRU).
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.
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.