Huanchaco - Eating loadsa fish and surfing mad.

Trip Start Sep 26, 2007
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

We arrived in Huanchaco after we got a fit for leaving Lima all of a sudden, and it turned out to be a good move. Its a sleepy little fishing port North of Lima, which offers cheap leaving and plenty of good food for half the cost of what we were paying in Lima. The weather is a alot better too, and the surf even more accessible. Now, having said that, we arrived on the Monday, and the surf was big, maybe double overhead +, and we were wondering why no one was out surfing. So the 3 buckos here paddle out anyhow, and soon find out why there's no body out. 25 minutes and 1 mile down the beach later, out we come from the water with our tails between our legs, after getting an absolute hammering from the waves. Scary stuff.  Just our luck to have the biggest swell of the last few months hit the day we arrive. But its since calmed alot, and we've had some great days out surfing.

Apart from surfing, we've been eating some fantastic seafood, like fresh Ceviche, (that raw fish dish I was telling ye about last post) and a whole range of other meals, the most expensive of which would cost about $2, new money. Monnie, you would be under serious pressure trying to choose from the seafood menu, you'd be all day trying to decide, like myself! Are those hedges cut at home by the way?!

Hunachaco is a fishing port and is famous for its traditional fishermen who head out the sea in these reed boats designed to over come big swell, check out the style of boat in this video....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSEVPNc6Bf0

Also some more pictures of the village...

 

 

 

 



(Molly, I'll have plenty more inspiration for beach paintings when I get back from this trip I tell you!)

Its a nice quiet place to kick back, catch up on the spanish were' meant to be learning (we all got lessons in Cusco), and time to finish off some books that I'm sick of carrying around with me. It gets a bit busy at the weekends, but its really off season for the place at the moment. So I think that we'll stay here until the next big sweel hits, and then move on north again, but it will depend on how we feel about the place I guess.
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gachrud
gachrud on

big swell huh?
That wouldn't have been around the same time the biggest swell hit the west coast of Ireland would it?
Ya missed it....:D
http://360guide.info/crazy-stuff/big-wave-surfing-in-ireland.html?Itemid=71

ya night be able to relive it on video when you get back:
http://www.sligochampion.ie/news/film-captures-massive-waves-as-sligo-donegal-coastline-gets-battered-1245935.html

(Dara)

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