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Huanchaco is a beach 'resort' about 10km NW of Trujillo in the department of Libertad, easily accessible by publc transport. No road signs at all anywhere in Trujillo so ask directions, go past the extraordinary adobe (mud-brick) city of Chan Chan (14th Century) and past the airport (slightly more recent, even if it doesn't look it...). Lots of mini-buses ('micros') run from town to Huanchaco.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomFlat rocks with sand
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
The spot is a long irregular point which wraps around from the south for about 700m past the pier into the bay. Parking is easy on the front, but get someone to watch your car. The break can be surfed almost anywhere, although the most consistent section is south of the small pagoda on the beach (the 'mirador' on the Playa del Mirador') : several hostals exist opposite this with ocean-view rooms: way cool! Go in roughly opposite the 'storm' channel which makes a ford in the road when flowing.
The break, although long, is discontinuous except under exceptional circumstances. When big the paddle out is hard and the wave can get fast and powerful. Mostly though its a fun 'performance' wave.
The spot is only really crowded between Christmas and Easter on weekends. Trujillo is one of the biggest city, but is about 20 times smaller than Lima, so although there are locals, they are pretty cool. The town has a fun, if somewhat 'retro' feel to it, and it is a very popular resort for the Trujillanos.
Equally, the temperature and swell data can vary. The temperature depends on the regional currents (El Nino etc), and the swell size depends on which section of the break.
Overshadowed by being not so far from Chicama and Pacasmayo; definately worth a visit, especially as Trujillo has so much else to offer by way of culture and entertainment.
By ANDREBASTOS , 22-08-2012
Great place!!! - What a great place. Good lefts, water not so cold, weather is hot, even in the winter. Next winter I´m there again, for sure.
By ivans , 11-02-2010
tips - Local people are very friendly and good vibes. The currents are really strong but not dangerous. Make sure you have a good physical condition before you go because you have to paddle much. When the swell is coming from the south and large, go to chicama that you will not regret it
By dtip , 22-12-2009
boards and suits - Of course you don't need a suit during the summer here, but both board rentals and suits are quite cheap here so you don't need to bring your own unless it's a really long trip.
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