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ABOUT Huanchaco - from the Insight Guide Peru:
"...a short trip from Trujillo (10 miles) is the seaside village of Huanchaco. Two centuries ago, when residents paid taxes to the Spanish crown, and it was used as a storage place for Trujillo, two leagues away, it was a quiet village of men who fished and women who wove baskets in the sunshine. Little has changed. Today sun-bronzed fishermen head out each morning with their nets tucked in caballitos de tortura, literally "little horses" woven of tortura reed. The design of these peapod-shaped boats is not very different from that of the craft used by the pre-Inca people..."
ABOUT Huanchaco - from Footprint Handbook Peru:
"The village is famous for its narrow pointed fishing rafts, known as caballitos (little horses), made of tortura rreeds and depicted on Mochica, Chimu, Salinar, Gallinazo, Viru and Lambayeque pottery. These are still a familiar sight in places along the northern Peruvian coast. Unlike those used on Lake titicaca, they are flat, not hollow, and ride the breakers rater like surfboards."
NOTE: You can also see the fishermen and their caballitos at Pimentel near Chiclayo.