After a 12 hour over night bus ride, we arrived in Trujillo mid day. We quickly caught a cab out to Huanchaco and found a nice guest house hostel towards the norther end of town. They had internet and John and I rested a bit, grabbed a shower and went out for lunch.
Caballitos de totora are reed watercrafts used by Peruvian fishermen for the past 3,000 years. Named for the way they are ridden, straddled (‘little reed horses’ in English), fishermen use them to transport their nets and collect fish in their inner cavity. They are made from the same reed used by the Los Uros people in the Lake Titicaca region.
Fishermen still use these vessels to this day, riding the waves back into shore, and suggesting some of the first forms of wave riding. There is currently a minor debate in the surfing world (in the surfing community every debate is minor) as to whether or not this constitutes the first form of surfing.
I found a local surf school / shop / board shaper that agreed to fix some of the dings in the board that Gustavo lent me. It took the entire day to get fixed, which is super fast normally. Without a board though I could only watch the surf and the playful waves that were rolling through the point at Huanchaco.
To kill some time, Jon and I decided to walk the main part of town and take some photos. It was great having another guy that wanted to shoot, and it was fun finding scenes together.
We ate ceviche and had a few beers. This place was suppose to have some of the best ceviche in town. It was recommended by the lovely manager of Loki Hostel in Lima. She gave us great intel of places on our route to Mancora.
There are some amazing building with all sorts of character and beautiful subtle color. It was not hard finding great pictures.
We caught another red eye bus, so we didn’t even get a full night in Huanchaco. But we where in a hurry to get to Mancora to meet the swell and hang on the sunny tropical beach.