Surf's up in Huanchaco
Trujillo’s colonial centre and the massive pre-Columbian ruins of Chan Chan are both nearby, but it can be hard to tear yourself away from the Huanchaco beach scene. A string of laid-back cafes and bars stretch out around the town’s two curving beaches, perfect for watching the surfers and eating your fill of the local crab. Even better, check out the local fishermen on their cabalitos (little horses) – small traditional canoes made of reeds that locals ride the waves on as adeptly as any longboarder. If you’re up for it, you can pay for a shot – a unique surfing experience in one of seaside Peru’s most chilled-out spots.