FOTO FRIDAY: View from the Bell Tower

Ringing the evening bell in Huanchaco, Peru
Ringing the Sunday evening bell in Huanchaco, Peru

On my last day in Huanchaco, Peru I decided to take my typical sunset stroll around town to snap some picks and enjoy the cool evening breeze. There was a small church that sat back above the city, so I cruised up to get a better view of the ocean below.

Church in Huanchaco, Peru
The watchful eye in Huanchaco Peru

I was walking around the beautiful old Spanish-style church when a voice from above yelled down (in Spanish) “Hey, would you like to come up here”? At first I thought oh man not yet, but when I looked up there was an old man with his head poking out the church bell tower waving me to climb the stairs and join him for a better view.

The sunset in Huanchaco, Peru
The beautiful sunset in Huanchaco, Peru

I looked around to confirm he was talking to me and then I shot up the small, dark stairwell with excitement.

We talked about life in the US and Peru as he rang the bell and I watched the sunset.

New friends in Huanchaco Peru
New Friends in Huanchaco, Peru

It was one of those little unexpected surprises that make me stop and appreciate my life and this world.

Enjoy the photos, enjoy the weekend!

My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!


    1. Thanks Amanda! Peru has proved to be absolutely stunning from oceans to mountains. I have a feeling this will end up being one of the favorites.

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