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El Santuario de Huanchaco

  • Andrés Rázuri and Unión Map It
  • Huanchaco
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 02/02/2016

Fodor's Review

Although people come to Huanchaco for the beach, one of Peru's oldest churches, El Santuario de Huanchaco, on a hill overlooking the village, is a nice sidetrip. The sanctuary was built on a Chimú ruin around 1540. In the second half of the 16th century a small box containing the image of Nuestra Señora del Socorro (Our Lady of Mercy) floated in on the tide and was discovered by locals. The image, which is kept in the sanctuary, has been an object of local veneration ever since.

Sight Information


Andrés Rázuri and Unión, Huanchaco, La Libertad, Peru

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8–6

Published 02/02/2016


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