Somewhere out there is Huanchaco, Peru

Somewhere out there is Huanchaco, Peru

Somewhere out there is Huanchaco


There’s always an element of guilt associated with spending the trip of a lifetime doing scant all, but you can’t help but take the time for granted when you begin to forget what it’s like to kill time in an office or waste weekends serving food.

» Photographer: Emma Hinton

» Location: Huanchaco, Peru

» Website: www.thetravelnatural.com


Somewhere out there is Huanchaco, Peru

Somewhere out there is a beach town in Peru, where a dog named Chocolate liked to chase Pelicans. She would join us on our morning walks along a shore fringed with reed boats, before running off to greet locals. It seemed she belonged to everyone, so we unofficially adopted her for the week, feeding and walking her.

Each day we ate the exact same thing for lunch; fresh fish ceviche with sweet potato and finely sliced red onion, complemented (and somewhat ruined by) a Coca-Cola – is there such a thing as authentic travel anymore? Afternoons were consumed with another walk back and forth along the coastline, sometimes stopping to chat to merchants peddling handmade jewelry, or to buy sickly syrupy doughnuts from a stall.

The evenings were coolest. This was when we would return to the beach once again, to watch a clichéd sunset, and then to pick up a bag of water (cheaper than bottles) for the next day upon return to the hostel. We found irony in the routine we escaped by leaving home, only to replace it with a slightly different routine when crossing South America from Chile to Colombia.But the

But the slow-paced routine suited us – there was no urgency, the repetitiveness not at all stifling, and different from the one we left behind. Chocolate seemed to understand our pace. We caught this shot of her gazing out to sea and it was easy to imagine her a traveler in her own right, lost in thought, deciding where to eat and sleep that night, making friends with locals and exploring.

Budget long-term travel isn’t as adventurous or active as we imagine pre-trip. It’s a stretch of days doing naught but filling the hours with the basics of life; sleeping, eating, walking and talking. There’s always an element of guilt associated with spending the trip of a lifetime doing scant all, but you can’t help but take the time for granted when you begin to forget what it’s like to kill time in an office or waste weekends serving food. For a while, backpacking became everything we knew. Some days it’s lethargy-inducing. On this day, it was just what I needed.

Some days it’s lethargy inducing. On this day, it was just what I needed.


There’s tons of things to do in Peru and if you’re interested in a little bit more action, you can always do some trekking! Check out this post about Laguna 69 for a day hike in Huaraz (also in Peru!)


Somewhere out there is Huanchaco

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