Meet the Caballitos Totora in Huanchaco

Huanchaco fishing town located at 12km from Trujillo hosts every year thousands of surfers. It is a seaside town where life is good and where ancient culture and youth waves mingle harmoniously.

Huanchaco fishermen have retained the practice of sea fishing using their reed boat called “caballitos totora”.

Caballitos de Totora à Huanchaco

Caballitos de Totora

Literally “ponies Tortora”, these reed boats date from the time of Moche and Chimu, between 100 and 800 AD. They were designed especially for sea fishing. The thin bow and slightly bent upwards to switch the waves easier and go surfing the waves. The fishermen depart from the beach.

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The Caballitos Totora are made from reeds that grow naturally in moist areas. There is no specific reed exploitation. Every year, the reeds are cut and dried in the sun for three weeks. Finally, the rods of reeds are sorted by size and the boats are built.

Its elongated barges are about 5 meters long and 50 centimeters wide. There are small square holes in the stern to deposit the nets and the catch. Its name, referring to the “horse” comes from the position taken by fishermen, sitting with legs hanging on either side of the raft.

Caballitos de Totora à Huanchaco

A true artisan piece, there are those funny surfing on Lake Titicaca. In the north, the traditional fishermen call Basilla and Basilla his native name is Tup.

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