Epic Surfing and Ceviche on the Peruvian Coast
Nowhere on the Pacific Coast of the Americas — maybe nowhere else in the world — can match the mix of surf, ancient history, and urban cool of Peru's northern coast. The entry point is Trujillo, the country's third-largest city, full of colonial plazas, brewpubs, and block after block of ceviche bars. This is also the former capital of two civilizations that predate Machu Picchu by centuries. Still, the main attraction is the beach. You can get the full cabana experience 15 minutes from downtown, at Huanchaco, or sit back and watch humpbacks breach along the coast. The standout surf spot, though, is less than an hour north, in the sleepy fishing village of Chicama — its mile-plus break is thought to be the world's longest wave. Only elite riders can make the entire four-minute ride, but the break's flawless conditions make it ideal for any level. "In most other places, there is a season for surfing," says Victor Castillo, a local surf pioneer. "Here, the break is year-round and so reliable you could almost stake your house on it."