Trujillo and the reed fishing boats of Huanchaco
May 26, 2014
After leaving Chachapoyas on our way to the city of Huaraz where we would begin our 10 day hike in the Andes, we stopped along the way in Trujillo to wait for a connecting bus. While in Trujillo we decided to take a short ride to the beach town of Huanchaco nearby and see the Pacific Ocean one last time before being stuck in the mountains for weeks.
Trujillo is not a particularly touristy town, but it is a convenient hub to catch buses to other destinations. Having only the day to explore we hopped aboard a small van called a combi that races short distances around the city picking up and dropping off passengers, we got off at the small beach town of Huanchaco.
Huanchaco, a mostly sleepy fishing village set in a picturesque beach, has only recently been discovered by tourists. The fishermen still go out every morning in their hand built reed fishing canoes. While there we tried some ceviche, which is popular in Peru and can be found nearly everywhere, we even found a place that served cold German Beer! Lowenbrau, the same beer we had in Octoberfest in Munich a couple years ago.
Returning to Trujillo, we visited the plaza before heading back to our hostel to pack up and leave for the bus station to Huaraz and the Peruvian Andes.