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Peru Surf - From Lima to North by Car - 2008/01/04 00:38 Hi everybody,

In next July/August im gonna to Peru with a friend.

We pretend to take a car 4x4 in Lima and go to the North (Chicama, Organos, Panic Point,etc).

So, i ask to you...

And about places to stay? where? how much?
Places to eat? How much per day or per meal?

10 or 15 days its enough to travel by car, from Lima to North?

July/August is a good season!?

In Lima or Punta Hermosa, where can i buy a full suit? How much?

Thanx a lot for everyone!
KR from Brazil.

Marcelo Quinalha
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Re:Peru Surf - From Lima to North by Car - 2008/01/04 00:49 Ola marcelo,

july is mid winter - so should be good for waves.

not sure where you might get a 4x4, but most places north are accessible by 'normal' car. I can get you the name of a car-rental I used from lima...

Not sure of costs either as its been 6+years since I was there, but there are loads of places to stay - even in places that used to be 'remote' - like chicama...

There are a couple of surf shops in lima (Klima in miraflores near Larco mar, and the Boz shop between miraflores and san isidro (both lima area).

maybe someone who knows peru better can help more.

have a great trip!
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Re:Peru Surf - From Lima to North by Car - 2008/01/04 05:54 Pisco,

In many sites (included WannaSurf) the July/August appears like the best season in North Peru... s it right?

KR.

Marcelo QUinalha
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Re:Peru Surf - From Lima to North by Car - 2008/01/04 06:01 North Peru gets two swell windows - the big pacific swells that are SW-W and turn on the big point breaks. As you get up to Lobitos, Organos, Cabo Blanco and Mancora (and Equador) swells from the N and NW can also produce good waves.

The winter is best for waves - so yes, July/August should be good.
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Re:Peru Surf - From Lima to North by Car - 2008/01/04 06:08 Equally important to me, perhaps more than the size of the waves, is about the crowd.

Im really, really and really looking for empty waves.
Cabo Blanco is an exception.


So... The ideal scenary to me : 6~8 feets at a point break in a empty spot or just few 'good felas' locals. (HA HA , just me in the world!)

is it possible?
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Re:Peru Surf - From Lima to North by Car - 2008/01/04 11:58 I'm not sure about up north as I've only surfed Lima and south of there. But you won't find any surf shops or wet suits for sale in Punta Hermosa. You'll need to get all that stuff in Lima.

Like people already suggested, you can find good boards and gear at Klimax on Jose Gonzales just off of Larco in Miraflores.

You can get good O'Neill wetsuits rash vests, and clothes from the O'Neill shop in Ovalo Gutierez, San Isidro.

And there's the Boz shop for wet suits, booties, gloves, etc.

Aquasport on Conquistadores in San Isidro also has some various surf items, wet suits, etc along with scuba, snorkel, and other ocean gear.

As for surfing waves all alone, I've heard the north is pretty busy, but Punta Hermosa and the southern areas have plenty of lonely waves in the winter time. You'll need 4/3 (some people say that a good psycho2 3/2 is good enough) wetsuit for the winter water temps that drop below 60 F.

Another thing about Peru is that people goto the beaches and the coast in the summer. In the winter time they are mostly deserted other than for a handful of surfers. This means that many clubs, hotels, restaurants, etc close for the winter.

If you're in Punta Hermosa area, there are plenty of options even in the winter (Casabarco, Pico Alto Surf Camp, etc).

I'm not sure if there are any car rental places up north, but from Lima it's a good 15-18 hour drive up to Mancora area. The road isn't in bad conditions or super dangerous, but robberies do happen, especially at night. So if you can find a way to rent a car up there, it's probably better to fly into Talara, Piura, or Tumbes (Aerocondor and LAN).
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