Chicama Peru Surf Camp
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to ride a wave for over a minute? Join our founder Rick Civelli and lead surf coach Jeff Carver for the surf trip of a lifetime! We challenge you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of your busy life and connect with one of the longest waves on earth. Join us and improve your water skills by surfing this unique wave that offers an unparalleled surfing experience!
The Wave at Chicama is machine-like in its perfection. Take off at main peak and navigate through the first of many barreling sections. After you potentially have the tube of your life prepare to do turns for days. We have now entered the rip-able wall section of the wave, do as many turns as your legs will allow in this twenty five second portion of the wave. Finally your going to hit the racetrack, the name says it all, put the pedal down and make that last barrel.
This is just describing one of the many faces this wave has to offer. Chicama changes with the tide allowing for different types of maneuvers in different parts of the wave, yet you’re still going to get a forty five second to a minute ride every time. There is only one word that can describe Chicama PERFECTION. Don’t worry there will be no need to paddle or walk all the way back up the point as we have boats hired to shuttle all surfers back up to the point to ensure maximum surf time!
Chicama is located in central Peru right near the large city of Trujillo. The swell is consistent all year in Peru, the storms in the roaring forties of the south pacific shoot SSW, SW swell to Peru year-round. November in Peru is a transition month from winter to summer and swell will be plentiful. Look for consistent shoulder to head high plus surf throughout your adventure. The wind at Chicama is offshore all day so you can literally surf all day.
After a full days surf, you will return to our hotel for a dip in the hot tub with a cold beverage then chef prepared delicious dinners. We will be staying at Chicama Surf Resort, a true surfers paradise in a desert oasis. Relax, unwind and prepare for the next days surf. The package will include double occupancy rooms, and will also include a post surf breakfast, lunch and dinner.
$3,333 per person for our full package, which includes:
- Seven days/six nights double occupancy accommodations
- Daily instructional surf sessions with our professional coaches
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Tow back boat service
- Hour long mid week massage
- Airport transfers from/to the Trujillo Airport, (TRU) on arrival and departure day
- TukTuk town and desert tour
- Picture/Video analysis with your surf coaches
- Unlimited digital photo downloads of your surf experience (Value $250)
A valid travel passport is required for travel on this adventure. Airfare, departure tax, and travel insurance are not included. For more information call (910) 256.7873.
When you arrive in Trujillo, you will be greeted at the airport and brought back to the resort by transfer bus. Settle into your ocean view room and get acquainted to your soundings in Chicama. After everyone is settled we will all go for an evening surf. Dinner and a good nights rest will round out the day.
All of our surf day will be similar in style. Wake up around 6am and enjoy a light breakfast and amazing organic coffee to fuel us up for an unforgettable day on the water! You will surf for 3 hours and be brought back to the point by a boat to save your energy. All am sessions will be fully photographed and some filmed. When we are finished with our first session we will head back to our resort refuel, relax and rest. The next session 2 hour session will finish out our day in the water. Dinner will be served around 7 pm and we will all talk of all the amazing rides we all had. Picture/Video analysis of the days surfing will commence around dinner while we kick back and enjoy a cold one. During this time we will break down everyone’s surfing and discuss the conditions expected for the next day.
The adventure of a lifetime has finally come to a close. You will use the morning time to pack up boards and belongings. We will depart for Trujillo airport as a group in the transfer bus and say our goodbyes. Our bodies will be tired and sore but our soles will be recharged after an life changing experience surfing the longest left in the world!!
We will be staying at the Chicama Boutique Hotel also known as Chicama Surf Resort. Chicama Boutique Hotel & Spa offers a place where relaxation and comfort are the norm. Enjoy the infinity pool, purify mind and body at their spa, and decompress in the pool sized jacuzzi. Taste the exquisite Peruvian gastronomy, while enjoying one of the most amazing sunsets ever. The Hotel is located on the cliff right above the wave at Chicama. While not surfing you will be able to mind surf from the terrace while enjoying the cool south breeze. Chicama Surf Resort is truly a desert oasis.
What level of surfer do I need to be in order to join on this adventure
You will need to be a solid intermediate to advanced surfer comfortable and competent catching head high waves without assistance.
Do you provide equipment or should I bring my own?
You will need to bring your own equipment. You will want to bring a board with some volume to enjoy Chicama to its fullest. A standard shortboard or a hybrid shortboard with a bit of extra volume will work fantastically at Chicama. The extra volume will assist you in getting into the waves with consistent offshore winds and extra weight of your wetsuit. Water temp in Chicama hovers right around 60 so a 3/2 wetsuit will work. It is encouraged you bring a backup wetsuit as well.
What breaks along the Peruvian coastline will I be surfing?
You will be surfing the main peak of Chicama, along with other nearby waves such as Pacasmayo and Huanchao. While in the water we will have a 5:1 client to guide ratio. There will be limited in water instruction do the the massive expanse of the wave at Chicama, yet you will be coached in the boat riding back to the point.
Is there any nightlife in the area where we are staying?
There isn’t any nightlife in the town of Chicama, we use nighttime to relax and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of our normal lives. We will offer a daily stretch classes as well.
Is the water safe to drink?
The water at the hotel is not safe to drink but fine to brush your teeth with. In alignment with our mission statement of environmental conservation we encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle to reduce utilization of single use plastics and to utilize the resorts filtered drinking water.
What should I pack?
The weather is typically between 58-75 degrees Fahrenheit in Chicama. At nighttime it can get a bit chilly so a light sweater or long-sleeve t-shirt paired with jeans will work well. During the day you will be comfortable in shorts and t-shirt.
Medical & Insurance Insurance
You will need to purchase travelers insurance that offers medivac coverage. The nearest hospital to Chicama is around an hour away. This insurance can be purchased with your airline ticket or from a third party.
What is the nearest Airport and do you have a shuttle service?
The airport you fly into is Trujillo, (TRU). You connect and fly here from Lima. Yes there will be a shuttle service waiting to pick you up. American Airlines and the One-world LATAM Alliance’s is the airline to get to Chicama. Due to the extent of travel to get to Chicama, we want to make sure everyone is on the same flight arriving into Trujillo. That Flight is the LATAM 2202 departing Lima Peru at 5:53 am arriving in Trujillo at 7:06 AM. When you are making your travel arrangements please make sure you are on that LATAM 2202 5:53am Flight. From the airport our bus transfer will bring you to the hotel at Chicama. Airport shuttle costs are only covered during our group arrival and departure times.
Depart RDU Arrive Miami
Depart Miami arrive Lima Peru
Depart Lima arrive Trujillo
Current Flight expense is $870
Can you connect to the internet at the hotel with a laptop and if so what is the cost? Are they set-up for wireless connections?
The internet infrastructure is not great. Emails and messages will work but streaming data will be limited. We encourage you to use this time and live in the present and disconnect from your screens. Immerse yourself in nature an enjoy the vast expanse of the Peruvian coast.
What are the recommendations for cell phones?
Our recommendation is to turn it off, unplug from life and enjoy your time on one of the most amazing places in the world. If you do need to use your cell phone the international plan for $10 daily will work.
What kind of non-surfing activities will we be participating in on our lay day?
We are going on a Chicama town/desert mountain Tuk Tuk tour. This tour will last 2.5 hours. On this you will be able to see the vast expanse of the Peruvian coast, and marvel at the amazing vistas. Not to mention have an amazing time cruising around.
Will there be pictures of me surfing?
We will have a photographer taking quality, high resolution photos throughout your week. You will be able to digitally download as many photos from your adventure as a complimentary part of this surf trip. Our team will also be posting select pictures to our Face-book and Instagram accounts as well.
With whom will I be sharing my room?
Unless you are already attending this adventure with a partner or have paid for a single room upgrade, then we will assign you to a roommate. Roommates are grouped together by gender, and we do our best to group by age and/or interests in order to enhance the overall level of comfort for our single participants. If you snore or have sleep apnea you must get the single room upgrade if you are traveling solo.
Can I come early and/or stay after camp ends?
You sure can. If you plan on extending your stay, please note that you will be responsible for your own travel arrangements to and/or from the airport. Due to the fact that we have limited spots, please call our office 910.256.7873 as soon as possible if you would like to extend your stay.
Should we tip our instructors?
Our staff works together as an efficient and friendly team. We will be your guides, instructors, entertainers, providing services for which you would normally tip at home. If at the end of the week you are pleased with the performance of our team, a gratuity would be greatly appreciated.
Does Peru accept US Currency?
We highly recommend that you convert your US currency into Peruvian SOl, as most places onlyl except local currency and credit cards are not widely accepted in Chicama.