• The Mochica Diaries: Meeting Huanchaco’s fishermen

    In my second week in Huanchaco I have had the opportunity to meet more of Huanchaco’s Mochica Chimu fishermen community.

    I learnt that the typical day of a fisherman starts very early. The fishermen make their way to Huanchaco beach to start fishing as early as 05.30am and spend about four hours on the water. They then go to the market to sell the fish, sometimes with the help of their wives or other female family members. The afternoons are usually spent fixing nets or going to the totora ponds to harvest the reeds or make a boat. The fishermen usually end their day at around 9pm, in order to get up early for the next day. The fishermen explained to me that it is quite a precarious trade – on some days there are lots of fish to be found and on other days none. Also, sometimes the waves are too rough to go fishing.Read more

  • The Mochica Diaries: Arriving in Huanchaco

    After spending two months working with Habitat Pro in Lima, I have now swapped the big, bustling capital for the small fishing village of Huanchaco. I have come to work with the Mochica Chimu fishing community, as part of Habiat Pro’s project to recover the traditional fishing practice with totora reed boats, and build a Mochica Chimu cultural centre. In this blog series ‘The Mochica Diaries’ I will be sharing my experiences and insights of my time here in Huanchaco.Read more