Trujillo

Huanchaco: The Perfect Seaside Town in Northern Peru

Huanchaco Peru

Huanchaco is a stunning vacation beach town 12 km from the the city of Trujillo. Huanchaco is well known for its delicious seafood such as ceviche, intricately woven totora weed canoes and excellent surf culture. In 2012, Huanchaco was approved as a World Surfing Reserve. The original population of Huanchaco was local fishermen who worshiped both the moon and a large golden fish called Huaca Taska. It is widely believed among the people of Huanchaco that the name ‘Huanchaco’ came from a Quechua word meaning “beautiful lake.”