Witness the way surfing has been done for thousands of years at Huanchaco beach, about 20 minutes north of Trujillo. You can take a lesson in riding caballitos de totora (reed boats) from master builders that set up all over the beach. Brothers Omar and Henry Huamanchumo own Surf School Muchik, the oldest surf outfitter in town. The beach also hosts a surf competition every spring.
$23 for a two-hour lesson with Surf School Muchik. Avenida Victor Larco, 650 Huanchaco, 51/(0) 44-63-4603.