Less than half an hour from the chaotic and unremarkable city of Trujillo, in Peru’s northwest corner, is the laid-back hamlet of Huanchaco – home to surfers, beach-goers and daydreamers that want to simply chill for a few days.
Ok, I must give snaps to the beautifully preserved colonial buildings that flank Trujillo’s Plaza de Armas, but walk one block in any direction away from it, and you could be in any concrete-and-dust Latino city.
Huanchaco is the place to base yourself, even if you do need to head back to Trujillo bus station to keep on travelling. Unless, of course, you fly in. The airport is right by this lazy beach town that has just enough eateries, bars and other activities to keep you occupied before moving on to the next destination.