Google Street View vehicle spotted and less tourists during Semana Santa in Huanchaco

Google Street View vehicles spotted.

If you have been in Huanchaco for a while, or have been to visit city of Trujillo then you might end up on Google Maps. The cars of Google Street View were recently spotted in Huanchaco on Las Gardenias. The internet giant started implementing its Street View service in Peru in December and they have recently come to our city. Lima was the first city to be served by this popular service along with Piura, Arequipa and Chiclayo. Finally, after its long journey it has reached Trujillo. So if you are out in the streets keep your eyes open, and smile because you may find your image immortalised on Google!

Huanchaco in Lonely Planet 2013

The Huaraz section of the Lonely Planet is available online (at the time of writing this the book was not in the bookshops), as are snippets of the Trujillo and Huanchaco sections. As mentioned in the brief news section for Huaraz on page 18, there are mentions for Otra Cosa, Mococho, el Caribe and Jungle Bar Bily. The book describes Otra Cosa thus: “This Dutch-Peruvian beach-side pad is Huanchaco´s requisite traveller´s hub, serving up yummy vegetarian victuals like falafel, crepes, Spanish tortillas, Dutch apple pie and tasty curry-laced burritos.” The book also points out that their coffee is organic and they donate half of the tips to charity organisations. Mococho is described as a tiny seafood place situated in a secluded walled garden, with their food, although not cheap, being fresh and excellent. El Caribe is a local favourite selling reasonably priced seafood and local cuisine and opens at 10 o’clock in the morning. For cocktails and a 50% discount during happy hour, stopover at Bily´s Jungle Bar. Located near the pier and playing music from U2 and R.E.M all year around it is the perfect place to enjoy a drink after surfing.

Less tourists during Semana Santa

According to La Industria, it was not only Huaraz that received fewer tourists during Easter. The owners of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and the vendors of other services in Huanchaco also suffered losses compared with last year. A new report from the Regional Chamber of Tourism Cadetur- La Libertad, states that during the days of this religious festival, Huanchaco was visited by approximately ten thousand people. This was clarified by Cadetur President, Leoncio Garcia Rojas, who compared it to the same period in 2012, where the figure rose to twelve thousand people between domestic arrivals and foreigners. Garcia Rojas said that this situation meant hotels did not to reach the 100% occupancy rate, as in 2012; in many cases managing only 90%, which affected the local businesses. He added: “This Easter hotels were occupied by 90%, while restaurants witnessed a 15% drop from last year. There are several factors to explain the decline; among which the weather stands out, because this year there was little sun and people preferred to go elsewhere, and not on the beach.” He also said that tourism, as in previous years, not only focuses on Huanchaco, but also on other parts of the region and indeed the country. “Now services and tourism have diversified, people have other alternatives on how they spend their weekends. For example, in previous years many came from Lima to visit our bay, but this year they have gone to the beaches south of Lima,” said the union leader. In the same vein, he also said that mining conflicts that occurred last year in Cajamarca continue to affect tourism in the northern part of the country, impacting on the number of visitors to Huanchaco. Another reason is the social problems that occurred in 2012. In conclusion, this means that Huanchaco and Huaraz have a lot of work to do to get tourism back on track for the years to come.

Texts: Reem Amad Al Sadi

The Google Street View vehicle picture by Jano Trelles Zegarra

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