Photograph of the week: Fishermen of Huanchaco, Peru

At the end of the day, fishermen of Huanchaco ride the waves back into shore to sell their catch. They have held on to their pre-Inca custom of building nimble crafts from the totora reed that grows around the area. When they ride these light vessels, straddling them, it looks as if they are sitting on a horse, hence the local name “caballito de totora”.

Fishermen of Huanchaco, Peru

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Comments (5)

  1. This is a really gorgeous photo, and I love the fact that the vessels are made in this way. The photo almost looks like a painting.

  2. Great shot and a very interesting ‘boat’. It makes me curious to see them in action.
    I agree with Jackie that the photos does look rather like a painting. Nice to see HDR (which I assume it is) being used without over doing it.

  3. Lee Briggs says:

    What strikes me is that the photographer was able to capture the drops of water falling from the boat. And the monochrome feel of the photo overall.

  4. A really high quality photograph here and just reiterating what Lee stated about how the drops of water are captured here is very impressive! Either a very good photographer or high quality camera, or maybe a combination of both. Plus what a gorgeous sunset in the background.

  5. Luis Munoz says:

    Great picture, the sunset and the jetty in the back, the fishermen in Huanchaco have been using these vessels for a long time. To watch this type of fishing is like travelling back on the past, a privilege of people who live or visit this amazing place rich of culture and history.

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