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Huanchaco Tours

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Huanchaco
Not many visitors to Peru are aware that it may have been the birthplace of surfing. Here in Huanchaco, however—a coastal suburb of bustling Trujillo that drifts at a much slower pace—the traditional reed boats known as caballitos de totora are considered to be the world’s first surf craft. When strolling along the oceanfront promenade that runs through Huanchaco’s downtown, you’re sure to see plenty of the pointy reed boats scattered about the sand.  Rather than simply taking a picture, however, get the firsthand experience by hiring a guide to paddle you out in the surf. With the cool water splashing your legs as you rest firmly on the boat made of reeds, you get the feeling of how Huanchaco’s fisherman have been riding these waves for centuries. 

Back in town after your session on the water, grab a table at an ocean view restaurant for the perfect plate of ceviche. With just the right amount of aji spice, Huanchaco is considered by many travelers to have the best ceviche in Peru, and it’s the perfect complement to a mellow evening of watching the sun set over the Pacific.  

Huanchaco is also Surf City, Peru, and this is one of the best places on the Peruvian coastline for learning to ride a wave. For those who prefer to stay land based, the archeological sights of Trujillo are only a short taxi ride away, although there are a few sights in Huanchaco itself if you’d prefer to stroll about town. One such sight is the Santuario de la Virgen del Socorro, a white, Colonial, hilltop church which, having been constructed in 1535, is the second oldest church in Peru. Or, for an authentic Huanchaco experience, take a walk through the downtown market to watch local fishermen hawk their catch as fish flop around on the floor. Funky, laidback, and with the sweet smell of sea salt, Huanchaco is the perfect beachside suburb for basing yourself in Trujillo.

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Huanchaco is located seven miles outside of Trujillo and is accessible by private taxi ($3-$5). The summer months of January-March are the best for tanning at the beach, although the winter months of May through September are often cloudy and cool. For surfers, the swell is consistent throughout the year, and sea temperatures range from 62 degrees in winter to 72 degrees in summer.
Address: Huanchaco, Peru
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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

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Visit Trujillo’s most significant archeological site on a cultural full-day tour of the area’s most atmospheric and astounding ruins. Explore the sacred structures of the Temples of Moche; feast upon local specialties in the coastal town of Huanchaco; and discover South America’s biggest ancient city at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chan Chan. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, enrich your historical knowledge of the region on this exciting archeological excursion.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$91.80
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Full Day Tour Huacas, Chan Chan & Huanchaco - Trujillo

Full Day Tour Huacas, Chan Chan & Huanchaco - Trujillo

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We provide the best Service as a Tour Operators with the benefit of a BACKPACKER budget. Because learning about other cultures shouldn't be expensive!!!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$17.44
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Customize Cruise Ship Full Day tour - English Guide

Customize Cruise Ship Full Day tour - English Guide

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After working for over two years with different Cruise Ship Lines providing tours, we decided to offer a customize experience that will fit from your arrival time to your departure time (specially made for Cruise Ship travelers) We are able to customize a group or private tour experience including all the main archeological sites accordingly to your available time in our Home town. Because learning about other cultures shouldn't be expensive!!!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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US$61.54
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Tour to Dragón Temple, Chan Chan Archaeological Site and Huanchaco Beach

Tour to Dragón Temple, Chan Chan Archaeological Site and Huanchaco Beach

Start your visit at the 'Huaca Dragon' or 'Huaca Arco Iris', from the Chimu culture. It is a prominent religious monument and ceremonial and administrative centre, built with adobe and whose murals are decorated with friezes showing anthropomorphic figures and representing the rainbow. Its pyramidal structure served to perform ceremonies related to rain and fertility. Continue your walk at Chan Chan; the impressive mud city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Considered the capital of the Chimu culture, it is composed of nine citadels that cover an area of more than 20 square kilometres and make it the largest in America. The details on its walls reflect the great work done in its construction and that has remained more than a thousand years until today. The last point of the tour is Huanchaco, one of Trujillo's most traditional beaches and famous for totora horses: boats made of vegetable fibres that artisanal fishers use to navigate between the waves of the Pacific.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$110.00
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Tour to Dragón Temple, Chan Chan archaeological site and Huanchaco beach-Private

Tour to Dragón Temple, Chan Chan archaeological site and Huanchaco beach-Private

Visit to the Huaca Dragón (Dragon Temple), also known as the Rainbow Temple, located in Trujillo. The building was erected by the Chimú culture, a lordship contemporary of the Incas. It is an impressive religious monument and ceremonial center which was also used for administrative purposes. You will then visit the Chan Chan archaeological complex, the largest mud city of the Americas and the most important city of the Chimú culture, which has an area of approximately 20 kilometers square. Its central area is formed by a group of ten walled premises (called 'citadels') and other independent pyramids. The rest of the complex is composed of several small structures, sidewalks, canals, walls and cemeteries. You will then visit Huanchaco, an ancestralfishermens cove, where it is possible to watch old reed boats known asCaballitos de totora, with which the local population maintains itsthousand-year-old tradition of artisan fishing.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$189.00
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Private Tour to The Sun & Moon, Dragón, Chan Chan, Huanchaco Beach & Lunch

Private Tour to The Sun & Moon, Dragón, Chan Chan, Huanchaco Beach & Lunch

You will meet a Moche artisan family, whose work maintains the traditions inherited from their ancestors. Then you get panoramic visit to the Huaca del Sol, you will explore the Huaca de la Luna, the one that most impresses with its conservation and study level. Follow your visit to the 'Huaca Dragon' or 'Huaca Arco Iris', belonging to the Chimu culture. It is a prominent religious monument and ceremonial and administrative centre, built with adobe and whose murals are decorated with friezes showing anthropomorphic figures and representing the rainbow. Continue your walk or through Huanchaco, one of Trujillo's most traditional beaches and famous for totora horses. There you will enjoy a delicious lunch with local flavour. Finally, you will arrive at Chan Chan; the impressive mud city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Considered the capital of the Chimu culture.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$180.00
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US$180.00
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