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Surfing in Chicama, Peru: Riding the World’s Longest Left-Hand Wave

For surfers, the quest for the perfect wave is never-ending. In the small coastal town of Chicama, Peru, this search may be over. Chicama is renowned for having the longest left-hand wave in the world, offering the chance to surf further than anywhere else in the world. With waves that can stretch for over a mile, Chicama is a dream destination for surfers seeking long rides and a unique adventure.

Located in La Libertad Region on the central coast of Perú, 85km North of Trujillo, Chicama is home to fishermen, a sanctuary of perfect waves and natural beauty, offering relaxation to its visitors. Its location along the Moche Route makes it an ideal base for exploring the area’s coastline.

The Magic of Chicama: The Waves

Chicama’s waves are legendary. The point break here can produce waves that last for up to two minutes, allowing space to turn and cruise until your legs burn. The waves are consistent, with multiple sections that cater to different skill levels.

The wave is divided into seven sections: La Punta, El Cape, El Point, Las Dos Tetas, El Hotel, El Hombre, and El Malecón. Each section offers unique characteristics, ensuring that there’s always at least one spot with ideal conditions for an quality session.

The Perfect Conditions

Chicama benefits from a unique combination of natural factors that create its perfect waves. The Humboldt Current brings cold, nutrient-rich waters up the coast of Peru, while consistent swells from the South Pacific provide the energy needed to generate the long, peeling left-handers.

March – October is the best time of year to score here, with consistent SW swells coming through. The local wind patterns often result in offshore winds that keep the waves clean and well-formed.

The Surf Culture

The surf culture in Chicama is laid-back and welcoming. Local surfers and international visitors share a common appreciation for the waves and the unique experience Chicama offers. The town has a relaxed vibe, with surf shops, cafes, and restaurants catering to the needs of surfers. After a long day on the water, you can enjoy fresh seafood and local delicacies, often with a view of the surf!

Best time for Surfing in Chicama

The best time to surf in Chicama is between March and November, during the Southern Hemisphere’s autumn and winter. This period sees the most consistent swells and favourable wind conditions. However, Chicama’s waves can break year-round, making it a viable destination at any time and in the low season there are many other hidden breaks to be discovered!

Tips for Surfing in Chicama

1. Prepare for Cold Water: Despite its tropical latitude, the water in Chicama is cold due to the Humboldt Current. A good wetsuit is essential, particularly during the winter months.

2. Stay Fit: The long rides in Chicama can be physically demanding. Improving your stamina and paddling strength will help you make the most of the waves.

3. Respect the Lineup: As with any popular surf spot, respecting the local surfers and observing proper etiquette is crucial. Be patient and wait your turn to enjoy the waves.

Where to stay in Chicama

Chicama Boutique Hotel & Spa

Located in a prime position overlooking the bay, Chicama Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the world’s longest surfable lefthander in comfort and style. With a total of 20 rooms, the resort is well laid out and has a variety of room options.

Chicama Surf Resort is focused on providing environmentally friendly accommodation whilst providing quality work opportunities for the local population. Being very traveller-focused, the resort aims to adapt to guests’ requests! The resort also offers a tow-back service up the point to beat the current, and has a delicious onsite restaurant that serves up great-tasting Peruvian and international dishes with a sea view over the bay.

Relax beside the infinity pool, take a dip in the jacuzzi or wind down with a cocktail at sunset, the resort will cater for your every need once you’re finished surfing!

Beyond Surfing

While surfing is the main attraction, Chicama and its surroundings offer other activities and sights. Explore the nearby town of Trujillo, known for its colonial architecture and vibrant culture. Visit the ancient ruins of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world, or take a trip to the Huaca de la Luna, an impressive temple complex from the Moche civilization.

Conclusion

Chicama is a bucket-list destination for surfers, offering a unique combination of long, perfect waves and a welcoming surf culture. Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking to ride the world’s longest left-hand wave or a beginner eager to experience one of surfing’s most iconic spots, Chicama has something for everyone. Pack your board, prepare for an unforgettable adventure, and get ready to ride the waves of a lifetime in Chicama, Peru.

Booking Your Trip

AWAVE Travel’s team is here to help you find the perfect resort for your trip. Once you have decided on the trip and the route that would suit you, we can set you up with an offer for booking!

All of our trips are covered by our Best Price Promise, so you will always get the best rate booking with AWAVE Travel!

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Customer Reviews

Tatsiana Radchanka 04/21/2024

Google
Amazing surf camp. Felt at home there. Super nice, kind, helpful staff. Any of my requests has been satisfied. Highly recommended!

Charles Viellevoye 03/27/2024

TrustPilot
Very professional team. Giulia is always on and have an accurate answer to all my questions. The boat trip was incredibly well organised. Nothing was missing.

Emily Bullen 04/03/2024

TrustPilot
Professional and Top Notch! From the moment we started planning our trip AWAVE was responsive and professional. We had a lot of back and forth picking the perfect location and resort and James and Giulia were patient and helpful. The resort we stayed at, AYADA in the Maldives, was beautiful and relaxing- great for families and couples! It was perfect for us- we have 1 surfer in the family, he was able to enjoy the waves and we also were able to enjoy the reef and snorkel as a family. Our kids loved the kids club and the private pool on the beach villas was amazing. The alcohol is expensive if you don’t do full board but that is to be expected. Wonderful vacation and amazing travel agency! Definitely recommend!!

Cobus and Jackie Van Aswegen 10/19/23

Google
awesome last minute trip which was well communicated, friendly crew and great surf guide! waves were not the best but we realised at the time of booking that it was end of season. crew could not be more friendly and willing to help all the time - chef prepared a wide variety of food and never any complaints on that front - thanks!!!... we will be back for more!

Steve 10/07/23

TrustPilot
I've used Awave twice ... so far. This is the second time I've used Awave for a trip to the maldives. Stayed in 2 different resorts this time. They've always been incredibly prompt at replying and handled everything for us, making sure the 2 Resorts were in touch to get us transfered half way through our trip. At one of the resorts I even bumped into Giulia and Delia who were out there surfing at the time. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll use awave again if I'm booking a surf trip

Donald Ayres 11/06/23

TrustPilot
Indonesia Surf Trip/ Java/Bali/Sumba - James Colston was my representative from AWAVE - I’m an older solo surfer and James was attentive, respectful, extremely responsive from the initial planning stages all the way through the booking. And he was so patient with all my crazy questions along the way. I couldn’t have been more pleased with James’s level of service. Thank you James

Alex Daish 12/28/23

TrustPilot
Giulia was an amazing person to book with. I was overwhelmed with choices initially, but AWAVE knew their stuff and helped me with my options and even suggested delaying my trip so I could go to a certain hotel which ended up being the best decision I made all year.

Mickey 01/24/24

TrustPilot
Giulia and James were always on line to answer any question or to give an advice. The Ayada resort is perfect both for families or for couples. We did not have waves as the season goes from April to September, but there are plenty options to have fun and good times. Highly recommended both Awave and Ayada.

James 01/30/24

TrustPilot
The AWAVE team are knowledgable and helpful. Giulia is a very helpful and patient person to deal with, and do not worry, you can trust her. I had to delay my trip to Morocco due to unforeseen circumstances and Giulia was very understanding. I have just returned from having a fantastic week at Amouage in Taghazout. Thanks AWAVE!

Omar AlJammaz 03/07/23

TrustPilot
Great travel options, great customer support, simplifying planing process.
Looking forward for my next trip.
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