Huanchaco Beach, Huanchaco

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#6 of 23 in Beaches in Peru
With its long, low waves and excellent surfing conditions, Huanchaco Beach attracts mostly surfers and beginners learning to surf. The beach boasts many surf schools, cafes, and beach vendors selling fast food and souvenirs. Stalls offering fishing tackle line a long wooden pier protruding into the sea. All over the sand you'll notice typical Andean "totora horses"--boats made of reed--standing upright. Streets and parks nearby have plenty of restaurants serving up excellent seafood. Rent some deck chairs and umbrellas (the sun is fierce) and watch the surfers. With constant waves and chilly water, the beach does not lend itself much to swimming, but if you still want to take a dip, be careful not to step on a sea urchin. Take the guesswork out of planning a Huanchaco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • The food, the place, the people is the best place that can recommend, a spectacular weather. All highly recommended.
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  • We visited in October, too cold for many swimmers, but we thought it didn’t appear very inviting for swimmers. The reed boats are nothing to get excited about, there really wasn’t much of interest her...  more »
  • The roar of the waves was great. Visited on a Sunday and place was heaving with locals which made a good atmosphere.  more »

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Where to stay in Huanchaco

The most attractive hotels in Huanchaco cluster along the popular beachfront. As a major surfing destination, the town also boasts numerous budget-friendly hostels, offering simple lodgings and great access to the waves. If you're planning a trip on a tight budget, consider the areas farther away from the water.
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