We had a dramatic start to our time in Huanchaco. Arriving in Trujillo, seven hours after leaving Cajamarca, we decided that we would go a further twenty minutes onwards to Huanchaco, a quiet beach town. It seemed a more inviting prospect than another city stay.
We helped her to her feat and seeming unhurt – these old Latin American ladies are made of strong stuff – she made another attempt to climb in, while her friends outside the restaurant gave the conductor an earbashing about it. I was left feeling surprised I had not seen this happen before.
It was already dark and we didn’t want to traipse around for too long, so we checked into a very cheap hostel called My Friend. The good atmosphere and the equally cheap food offers in their restaurant - it was all about the pasta dishes for under $3, including drink and garlic bread – meant we took a room and ordered some of the aforementioned pasta.
After a walk along the sea front we returned to our room and discovered a newly hatched nest of cockroaches. But at first I thought it was the odd one or two and as they were fairly small, I went on a killing spree. Sophie then noticed Mommy and Daddy cockroach hiding in the gap between the door frame and the wall. We then realised our efforts to kill were futile, there were plenty more babies where they came from! During my stay at My Friend, I didn’t want to have to befriend these guys too.
We decided to stay in Huanchaco for a few days, which quickly turned into a week. The place was very relaxed and it was an ideal temperature, hot in the sun, but cool in the breeze. It wasn’t the best beach you’ll ever find, but it wasn’t too crowded, especially being low season, meaning you could always get shade if needed. But Huanchaco is very much a surf destination. There are some really impressive waves, and some equally impressive surfers on them. The waves break at a left hand 45 degree angle to the shore, meaning they can surf down the coast in one long stretch. One surfer couldn’t understand why we had come to Huanchaco if it wasn’t for surfing. Sorry to go against the grain on that one!
Country Notes and Tales From Travellers
10 months ago