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Huanchaco

Avenida Costanera, Huanchaco, Peru

The Basics

Travelers may enjoy charming Huanchaco by suiting up and surfing, taking surf lessons, walking along the promenade and dropping into an oceanside restaurant for the local ceviche, which some consider the best in all of Peru. More extensive tours add on visits to nearby archaeological sites like the Temple of the Dragon known for its amazingly detailed friezes, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chan Chan, the once grand capital of Peru's Chimú civilization.

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Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple
Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple
star-4
$91.80 per adult
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The guide was punctual...
The guide was punctual, enthusiastic, well-informed and her English was excellent. The various sites were amazing, and a very interesting contrast to the better-known Inca ruins.
Leo M, Dec 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Trujillo

star-4
Very nice tour
Martina_B, Oct 2019
Full Day Tour Huacas, Chan Chan & Huanchaco - Trujillo
The tour was good and well organised. I really appreciated the quick reply to my booking request, which took place the evening before the tour date.
star-5
Trujillo full Day Tour
Freedom82448, Oct 2019
Full Day Tour Huacas, Chan Chan & Huanchaco - Trujillo
Cruise line was inflexible about pick up and drop offs, but Julio worked with us to make the most of a short day. We talked on Whatsapp from the ship the night before the tour and he rearranged the day to make the most of the time we had. His English was excellent and he provided a custom private tour for less than half what the boat was charging. Well worth the time!
star-5
Amazing ruins
Garrad_W, Mar 2020
Tour from Trujillo:Chan Chan, Huanchaco, Sun and Moon Temples, and Dragon Temple
I loved this tour. We had a very knowledgeable guide, Jose, who took us around the amazing temple of the moon. It was almost empty. I'm surprised there weren't more tourists. The wall decorations are just I really wasn't expecting it to be so good. The temple of the sun is not open to the public. The museum was good though I don't understand the need to ban all photography. It seems like overkill. We stopped at a small workshop making the pottery. The temple of the dragon was great but very small. Lunch was surprisingly good at Huanchaco with a view over the ocean. Finally we visited Chan Chan. The site is enormous so you only see one small part which is open to the public. It is so beautiful. The designs are as beautiful today as they would have been 1000 years ago. Unfortunately some of the areas are closed to the public which is a real shame since I think they need to keep creating a buzz for this place.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Suitable for solo travelers, couples, families.
  • Huanchaco has informal schools where beginners can learn how to surf.
  • Remember sun protection, swimwear, towels.
  • For surfers, the swell is consistent throughout the year, and sea temperatures range from 62F - 72F (16.6C - 22.2C) in summer.
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How to Get There

Huanchaco is located 7 miles (11 kilometers) outside of Trujillo and is accessible by taxi; expect les than a 30-minute ride and the cost to be about US$5. Public buses (micros) and vans (combis) driving between Trujillo and Huanchaco, operating between 5am - 9pm. If taking this mode, do not bring big bags; backpackers might be asked to pay a small fee to stow their baggage.

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When to Get There

The summer months of January - March are the best for tanning at the beach, with winter months of May - September are often cloudy and cool. Trujillo enjoys a subtropical desert climate, with a warm season (January to March), and a cooler season (June to November.). Trujillo International Spring Festival takes place late September. It's one of Peru’s largest and most popular festivals, with horse shows, fashion shows, dance contests, and floats of flowers and beauty contestants.

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Wildcard

For Land-Lubbers For non-surfers, there's plenty to do while in Huanchaco: enjoying a ceviche lunch on the beach, and the traditional fishing boats that offer a colorful ambiance to the village. In town, there’s the market where fishermen hawk their catch, and on a hill there’s a pretty white colonial church, Santuario de la Virgen del Socorro, the second oldest church in Peru. Also a short taxi ride away are the fabulous archaeological ruins of Chan Chan, the center of the Chimú Empire.

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