Surfing with the Little Horses in Huanchaco

Quite amazingly what has made Trujillo so popular is not its architecture and colonial history but its magnificent beaches and waves.

Beach Essentials

Where: Libertad, Peru
When: October – March
Happenings: Massive waves, unique boats and dance make this beach the historic home of surf

Where It’s At

Founded in 1534 by Diego Trujillo, Trujillo is one of the many colonial cities in Peru and known as the birthplace of the marinera dance, the Chimú culture and surfing. Today it is the economic center of Northern Peru and a major tourist attraction.

Attractions

Quite amazingly what has made Trujillo so popular is not its architecture and colonial history but its magnificent beaches and waves. Only ten minutes out of Trujillo you will find the Huanchaco Beach. It is believed that the first surfers ever were the ancient Peruvians a belief demonstrated in ancient Peruvian culture and art. The surf like boats were originally used by Moche and Chimu people for fishing. They are called “little horses” or caballitos and are still built today in the traditional way and are still used by some for fishing. You only need a few dollars and you will have the chance to experience this ancient local art of surfing and fishing.

Hit the Waves

The Peruvian waves are the longest in the world and for that reason Trujillo is so famous as the paradise for surfers! Trujillo hosts several competitions and surfing championships the most popular takes place every March. October to March is the best season to enjoy amazing waves in the Northern Coast.

If you choose to visit the area in September take advantage of the last week of the month, as it is the time of the International Spring Festival. It one week of great celebrations to welcome spring and it is a great opportunity to enjoy the local culture, dance, parades, music and local delicacies.

 

MORE INFORMATION

Marinera dance
Brief history of the unusual dance.

Caballitos De Totora 
Oil painting of the famous “little horses”

Surf the world: Huanchao
Lowdown and surfing facts

Hotels in Trujillo
Listings and photos of all the towns in the hotel.

Says Adventure (Surfers Assisting Youth studies)
A two year odyssey, to “surf the World’s seven seas”.

By Villy Ioannou

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