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4 Awesome Things to do in Huanchaco, Peru

I’m in Huanchaco, Peru sitting at my favorite place, the famous little Chocolate Café. When I arrived here from chaotic, noisy Lima, this quiet little surfer town offered me needed peace and tranquility.

I reveled in the sound of waves crashing on the beach, wind blowing through the palm trees and birds singing.

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Beach Sunset in Huanchaco, Peru

I tried to keep the pace slow. I had fresh fruit salads, coffee and enjoyed free Wi-Fi in the morning at the Chocolate Café. I wandered the beach, taking pictures of every sunset. I took Yoga lessons on the rooftop of Frogs Hostel. I truly found peace and tranquility in Huanchaco, Peru

City view of Huanchaco, Peru

4 Awesome Things to do in Huanchaco, Peru

But what else is there to do, if tranquility and peace are not enough? Here are four fun things to do that will make you feel like a local.

1. Surfing Lessons

Surfing in Huanchaco, Peru

Surfing is basically THE thing to do in Huanchaco and amongst all the various surf schools “Muchik” is the one to go to. Run by 2 brothers, both local and national surf champions, they have a well-thought-through concept of teaching total surfing novices like me. Standing on wobbly legs I have never had so much fun while drinking half the ocean.  More experienced surfers can rent boards and wetsuits at reasonable prices or philosophize over surfing with Chicho, the older of the 2 brothers.

2. Spanish Lessons

If your Spanish skills need improvement, you should definitely take some lessons with the famous Sam Owen. Sam is a welsh language teacher with a very unique teaching style, that is worth experiencing first-hand. It was love that brought him to Peru and it is love that he puts into all of his lessons.

He is able to write upside down and his written explanations look like modern art. One time, I am sure, I will be able to sell them at Sotheby´s highest bidding. If you are interested, just send him an email at skypispanish@gmail.com or just check out his Facebook page.

3. Sandboarding Lessons

Sandboarding at North Dune in Huanchaco, Peru

This is probably on of the more unrivaled experience here, though both surfing and sandboarding require similar skills. You will find some offers at Hostels and the tourist office in Huanchaco but I strongly suggest looking elsewhere.

I had the great luck to meet a local tourist guide Jhon Yelsit, who, together with his friends, runs a little company named North Dunes Sandboarding in Salaverry. Jhon not only has an amazing amount of historical knowledge, but also is a very good story teller and, most important, a skilled sandboarding instructor.

Sand Dunes Salaverry in Huanchaco, Peru

We booked the 6-hour experience including a bonfire and had a blast. Let me promise you this: you will have an amazing and fun day, even if you fall on your inexperienced butt as much as I did.

Watching local and national sandboarding champion Armando doing his tricks, let alone the stunning view of the sunset are worth all the sand in your pants. And you will have a lot of sand in your pants. A lot a lot. Everywhere. Even in your ears. I think I may have brought half the dunes home with me.

4. Salsa Lessons

Salsa Dancing is, other than the activities above, only offered at one place in Huanchaco, Peru, and only at night. Every Thursday the Surf-Bar-Club Janpix is the place to be for learning Salsa, meeting the locals, and having some strong drinks at reasonable prices.

The music is loud and the lessons are basic, easy and free. The most interesting part, however, is to watch the social interaction between locals and gringos throughout the night. Initially, both groups examine each other awkwardly. Later at night, when the drinks kick in, both sides start to mingle. One shows off their impressive dancing skills, the other their equally impressive lack of it. But no matter how poor individual dancing skills may be, at some point locals and gringos will leave in pairs to practice and mingle in private.

Huanchaco, Peru is the perfect place to take a break in between all the adventures of your South American travels.

Beach Day in Huanchaco, Peru


That´s how you spend your time in Huanchaco, Peru. This little town on the northern coast of Peru is the perfect place to get some rest. A place to say goodbye to South America, a place to take a break between traveling, adventures, and all the other exciting places.

Whether you enjoy the amazing sunsets with a glass of wine at the beach or have a beer on the terrace of Casa Fresh, listening to the stories of other travelers. Huanchaco has something to offer for everyone. Even if it is just a last hangover after one of the famous nights at Janpix.”

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12 Comments

  1. Huanchaco Peru sounds as though it’s got everything I love in a destination – yoga, a long beach, surfing, vibrant culture and even a Chocolate Cafe. Well worth checking out!

    1. Hey Michelle. Happy to hear it inspired you. I hope you get to travel there. If so, let me know how you liked it.

  2. I loved reading this post because you put on the map, for me, a place I had no idea existed and I am sure I would love! Peru is high on my list of countries to visit but I didn’t know the coast could be like this – I’d love to try the sandboarding here (and I am sure I’ll bring home even more sand thank you – I have never tried it, but think it would be so much fun!)

    1. Hey Michelle. Happy to hear it inspired you. I hope you get to travel there. If so, let me know how you liked it.

    2. Hi Marta. Thank you so much. I have to say, I feel the same way about Huanchaco. I didn’t know what to expect from Peru in general and this little town specifically. Huanchaco definitely is a great place to discover.

    1. Hey Amanda. Very good choice! ? Afterwards you have to tell me in spanish about your sandboarding lessons. 😉

  3. From what you described, this places looks like the ideal holiday for me (if it were year-round, even better…)! I’m definitely bookmarking this for when I set foot in Peru 😀 Lovely article!

    1. Thanks a lot Andreea. It’s a great place, like the whole country. Do you already habe definite plans for going to Peru?

  4. The Sandboarding experience sounds cool. I always wanted to try it ever since I took to surf boarding. It is really nice that you look for peace and tranquility in these places.

    1. Hey Tamshuk. If you like surfing, you will definitely enjoy sandboarding. I think having a little peace and tranquility while traveling makes you enjoy the journey even more.

  5. Surfing, Spanish and salsa… sounds like my kind of place! I haven’t made it to Peru yet, but I hopefully will be before too long!

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