Huanchaco Beach, Huanchaco

3.0
#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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  • September 22, 2017
    If you're expecting a white sand, pretty beach with beautiful water don't come here! We wasted a lot of time and money flying here from Cusco hoping for a few days relaxing on a beach. The entire town...  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    Is more to enjoy a walk to the beach. There are rocks, little sand and much trade. The sunset should be the most beautiful.
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  • September 9, 2017
    Unless you are a surfer there is no reason to go here. Beach is not attractive with dark sand and full of souvenir sellers.  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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