The small fishing outpost of Puerto Chicama might not look like all that 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.
While the town itself is a fairly standard Peruvian town, the bluff above the settlement has a lovely new malecón with wooden benches, sculptures, lookout points and an as-yet-empty surf museum.
The beach here is wide and cleaner than some others in the region, while the desolate, otherworldly hilly landscapes behind, where not even a weed grows, have a certain rugged beauty of their own and are an interesting place for a stroll.