"A nice small size beach community, with great food" Huanchaco by bill32
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You fly from Lima to Trujillo airport. The flight takes one hour and the airport is under 10 minutes via taxi to either Hunachaco (on the beach) or to the city of Trujillo. Cost of the taxi ride is 15-20 Soles (about $5 US).
There are a lot of hotels hostels. Many of the Hostels have both 3 or 4 person dorm rooms (that are really cheap, under $4 a day) and private rooms with private bath and shower (cost about $12-15 per day). Hotels range from $35$80, depending of whether they are near the beach, have a restaraunt, cable tv etc. In my opinion, most of the hotels are overpriced compared with what you can get at a hostel with private room. Yes, expect occasional power outages, sometimes fuzzy TV, etc., regardless of what type of place you are staying.
The town of Huanchaco sits between the long beach area and the Trujillo airport, although the small amount of airtraffic just doesn't cause a noise problem. A main street along the beach has everything you could want to do. There are lots of bars, restaruants, surfboard and beach stuff rentals, clothes, etc. Private and group surf lessons are offered everywhere. However, ask other tourists or at a local bar for recommendations as some of the surf lesson teachers are just surf bums, not good instructors.
The beach are does not really come alive until noon time, since we all stay out until 1 or 2 in the morning anyway.
Food and drink. There is great food at most bars and restaruants, particularly along the beach front and within a block or two on the side streets. Some of the best seafood in all of Peru. There are many street vendors, cooking food along the beach front on charcoal and wood grills. This is the best in my opinion and relatively safe to eat (you can see it cooked, instead of it being prepared in a kitchen where you can't see if the place is clean).
Best bar in town in the JUNGLE BAR, just 100 meters north of the pier, facing the beach. It is run by Bily and his wife Deysi and is where everyone (tourists and locals) will showup at least once per evening. Open late, They also serve great food, some of the best Ceviche in the area (a local seafood speciality). The JUNGLE BAR has an open air front the looks right across the street onto the beach, good music and a great place to meet new friends from all over.
Other nearby places. The famous ruins and restored areas of Chan Chan are about 10-15 minutes by taxi or car. This is really interesting, and if you go, pay the extra for a private guide (about $15). These guides are always there and are licensed by the government and know their stuff.
For more extensive shopping and visiting, the city of Trujillo is about 15 minutes by taxi (25 soles each way) or 20-25 minutes by the route buses (10 soles each way). These buses run a circular route continually between the beach street area and the various areas of Trujillo. Many of them are small (8-10 people and are not the cleanest, but the people who run them are nice and helpful. The buses have signs on them that indicate their route. Ask locals as to which bus to take. When you return from Trujillo, just walk back to the area where it left you off (the other side of the street) and watch for a returning bus to Huanchaco. Trujillo has lots of sights to see, lots of shopping, a couple of big malls with all the name brand stuff. There are a few places near the center of Trujillo (mostly industrial and locals shopping areas) that you don't want to go into. Your taxi driver or bus driver will warn you about it if you try to go there.
Safety. As with any place, keep you eyes open, don't wander down side streets without first looking down them and assessing if they seem safe (applies to both western cities and third world cities). Huanchaco is pretty safe any time of the day or night.
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