Swamps of Huanchaco
Swamps of Huanchaco, also known as Wetlands of Huanchaco is an ecological Chimu reserve located in Huanchaco Beach, about 14 km northwest of Trujillo city, Peru. From this ecological reserve the ancient mochica extracted the raw material for the manufacture of the ancient Caballitos de totora used since the time of the Moche for fishing. Currently Huanchaco fishermen still use their materials from this swamps to make their ships of work.
Touristic and ecological park
The ancient "mochicas" developed formidable cultivation techniques in the arid coastline of northern Peru. One is planting "wachaques" dug wells to find the water near to the sea. A brackish waters were able to adapt the "totora" (Scirpus californicus). The reeds allowed the mochicas since ancient times to be considered lords of the Pacific Ocean. The huanchaco fishermen were shown as eminent navigators, making long trips overseas in their reed boats.