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 reconnect with your natural surf soul. Join us and improve your surf 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 walk all the way back up the point as we will 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 cold beverage and delicious dinner. 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, (single occupancy rooms are available by request) and will also include a post surf breakfast, lunch and dinner.
$3,333 per person for our full package, which includes:
- Eight days/seven nights double occupancy accommodations
- Daily instructional surf sessions with our professional coaches
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Tow back boat service
- Airport transfers from/to the Trujillo Airport, (TRU) on arrival and departure day
- ATV 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 by our team and brought back to the resort by transfer bus. Settle into your 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 amazing 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 sessions will be fully photographed and filmed. When we are finished with our first session we will head back to our resort refuel, relax and rest. The next session 3 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. Video analysis of the days surfing will commence after dinne 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.
This is the day you recharge your batteries. We will start the day with a later breakfast followed by some free time. Mid morning is when we will depart on our ATV desert adventure. After the tour give the arms a rest, stretch it out and do some yoga. Don’t worry, if you are in diesel shape and don’t need the rest we will get you in the water to surf as much as you want.
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 of 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 an 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. These are all point-breaks breaking over sand or flat rock reef. While in the water we will stay true to the WB Surf Camp 3:1 client to instructor 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 and every evening we will do extensive video and photo analysis to prep you for the next day out in the water.
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 do our video analysis and this is the time to disconnect from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with yourself and the environment around you. We will offer nightly yoga and stretch classes.
Is the water safe to drink?
The water at the hotel is safe to drink. In alignment with our mission statement of environmental conservation we encourage you to bring as refillable water bottle to reduce utilization of single use plastics.
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 for around $28.
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 2208 departing Lima Peru at 10:20 am arriving in Trujillo at 11:30 AM. When you are making your travel arrangements please make sure you are on that LATAM 2208 10:20 Flight. From the airport our bus transfer will bring you to the hotel at Chicama.
Ex From RDU Airport:
*6:30pm- 8:41pm Depart RDU Arrive Miami (Latam Airlines flight 6526 operated by American Airlines.) 5hr Layover
*2:05am-6:30am Depart Miami arrive Lima Peru. (Latam Airlines flight 2461) 3hr layover
*10:20am-11:30am Depart Lima arrive Trujillo (Latam Flight 2208)
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 desert mountain ATV 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. After the ATV tour we will let you have a day for you to relax stretch do some yoga.
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?
Many places accept US currency, and for those that do not, you will be able to exchange US dollars.