On my second day in Trujillo, Stefania, a friend of my couchsurfing host, invited me to the beach in nearby Huanchaco. The end of the summer was nearing, and she’d only been to the beach once or twice this summer. So, how could I refuse?
Huanchaco was very different from Mancora. First, it was much busier since it’s so close to Trujillo and many people go there for the weekend. But second, the beach is full of rocks. As a result, you see very few people actually in the water – the exception being surfers. Most of the surfers I saw had wetsuits on, which surprised me. It was hot and the water was warm. But I think it’s to protect their skin from the rocks. Most of the surfers were foreign as well.
I put my feet in the water to wash off the sand that had stuck to my arms and legs from the sunscreen and with each wave came a barrage of rocks hitting my feet. It wasn’t very comfortable at all.
But it was a ton of fun spending the day with Stefania. She works in the mining industry so we had a lot to talk about since, in a previous life, I worked in the oil industry. The two industries are quite similar. We are both engineers as well.
For lunch I had cabrito. It’s rice, beans, and goat meat. Cabra in Spanish is goat. It was pretty good, but for whatever reason – maybe some grains of sand – the shutter wouldn’t open fully. That’s why the picture looks a bit strange.
I remember thinking how interesting it would be to live so close to a beach given that it’s only a 20 minute drive from Trujillo to Huanchaco. But as I write this I remember going to the public beach in Abu Dhabi, which was like 5 minutes by car from my apartment. Still, Abu Dhabi is not exactly a beach-goers paradise…
All in all, a fun day though I felt like I should have explored the city of Trujillo with my last day in town. Little did I know some striking miners would allow me to see Trujillo the following day.
Below, some pictures.
About Adam Pervez
In mid-2011 I left my cushy corporate job and took the plunge into a life incorporating my passions of traveling, writing, volunteering, learning, educating, and telling stories. I study what happiness means to others, offer what I can from my engineering/MBA background as a volunteer, and try to leave each place better than how I found it. Read more.