Surfing in Peru
Information about Peru
Surf Peru - Quick Facts
LOCATION: South America
LANGUAGE: Spanish, Quechua
CURRENCY: Nuevo Sol
Fly into the capital of Lima, the country's largest city, and head for the coast. Be sure to take in the sights, and experience some of the country's rich history.
Peru Surfing Info and Details
Peru Surf Spot Map
Surfing in Peru offers one of nature's miracles: Chicama. It is the world's longest wave and is situated north from Trujillo. Chicama has a wave that stretches over 4kms, and paddling back is not an option. Ride as many waves as it takes to get you down the point and then walk back up. Even at 2ft Chicama breaks like a machine down the point, it is hypnotising to watch. Morocco may well be the land of the point break but Peru certainly gives it a run for its money. Chicama is superb and worth the visit alone.
The Peruvian coast is littered with such point breaks. Pacasmayo is about 60km further north and picks up more swell than Chicama. Perhaps not quite as good but more raw and worth the trip on the flat days at Chicama. There are multiple points between the two and with a bit of searching you'll be rewarded with some gems. The locals may even help you out in your search. There are a huge variety of waves throughout the country.
Long Left, breaks always, small and medium size until 7 foot, sand bottom.
Big lows from deep down south send the swells northwards, and many of the surf spots receive an incredibly persistent offshore winds, and can find waves at any time throughout the year. If you are after a variety of uncrowded, offshore, good quality waves then Peru is a great stop off point. South America in general has some great waves and is an inexpensive surfing destination.
Surfing Peru - The Good
Surf Peru - The Bad and the Ugly
Can Be Hard To Get To The Waves
Petty Crime Can Be A Problem
Peru Surfing Conditions
Peru Swell Size and Water Temperature
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