After 2 nights in Lima, we got an overnight bus North to Trujillo. We got in around 7am and jumped in a 20 minute and 18 sole cab to Huanchaco. Right on the coast, roughly halfway between Lima and Mancora, Huanchaco is a popular spot with surfers and not a bad little stopover for those on the "gringo trail".
Upon arriving in Huanchacho from Lima we had planned to stay a meagre 3 nights.. however due to the fact that Sean ordered a new board we ended up here for 8. No complaints from us. We were staying at Hostal Casa Fresh, a new (only 8 week old) hostel right across from the beach. Huanchaco has a long, left hand break we can see from our hostel balcony with some fairly consistent swell.
Whilst obviously the main reason that most people come to Huanchaco is to surf, the lads running Casa Fresh do an awesome job at running a fun hostel with other fun things to do in this seaside fishing town.
On our first day here we had a football match with guys from the hostel against a crew of locals that was heaps of fun although pretty damn serious at times. We also got to celebrate St Patrick's Day here with a solid crew of Irish lads which involved beers, a few cheeky pints of Guinness, some sing-alongs, a guitar, a tin whistle and more beers. Needless to say, fun had by all.
Although the water is still pretty cold in Huanchaco, it isn't too bad by Peruvian standards, and has been a super fun stop for us on the way north.
Big thanks to Richy, Jayson, Conor and Romain from Casa Fresh! If you're going to come to Huanchaco, definitely stay here! Oh and if it's your thing, make sure to ask about the sushi restaurant around the corner. It is spectacular.
Next stop, Mancora... We're not sure what to expect we've heard mixed reviews. Fingers crossed!
Oh and p.s. the sunsets from Casa Fresh's deck are sensational! Grab yourself a mojito and sit back and enjoy my friend.