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Trip: Northern Peru
Monday December 11 2006 09:44:50 AM
Date: from Feb 14, 2001 to Feb 28, 2001
Surf trip description:
Having been living in Lima for 6 months, it was impossible to not to want to haed north and find the mythical spots of Chicama, Bermejo, Huanchaco, Cabo Blanco...
So I packed my boards and headed out. Driving north out of Lima is a bit of a nightmare, but once 'clear' of the city it quickly becomes a long, long long drive up the Panamericana through desert and more desert. Epic spots like Pasamayo you drive right past, high up on the misty sand dunes, no real inkling of what lies below.
I stopped at Playa Grande - to look at one of Perus better reef breaks - which was barreling and empty. Not a good wave for a mediocre surfer, on his own in the middle of nowhere.
Trujuillo was my first stop, where my 'siginificant other' joined me. We stayed in Hunachaco, with a francophone hostel owner who introduced us to the whole town and especially her 'Association' for the protection of the reed beds - the same reeds used to make the famous Cabilitos de Totora; possibly the earliest surfboards - having been used for fishing and then surfing back into Huanchaco since something like 3000 years.... sort of predates the Hawaiian's by a few millennia.
Huanchaco was a long fun wave, although very sectiony when I was there, and lots of current. Still, you could just walk back up the point after a wave or two.
Next Stop - Chicama
Modified: Monday December 11 2006 09:44:50 AM