The small fishing outpost of Puerto Chicama might not look like much, but it’s the offshore action that draws a dedicated following. Puerto Chicama, also known as Puerto Malabrigo, lays claim to one of the longest left-hand point breaks in the world. Originally a busy port for the sugar and cotton grown on nearby haciendas, Puerto Chicama now draws adrenaline-seeking surfers who try their luck catching that rare, long ride. Peru’s national surfing championships are usually held here in April.
The lengthy left break is caused by a shallow, flat beach and on the right wave on the right day at the right time, it’s possible to hitch a 3.2km ride here on a 2m wave! Good waves can be found year-round, but the marathon breaks only come about when the conditions are just so, usually between March and June. The water is very cold for much of the year, except for December through March. You can rent boards at Los Delfines for S25 per half-day.