Located on the northwest Pacific coast of Peru, Chicama is famously known as the longest wave on the planet. Chicama Boutique Hotel & Spa is the closest to the break and one of a handful of options for those looking to cross this location off of their surf spot bucket list.
The hotel consists of 20 rooms split up into ocean view and garden view, each having its own private terrace. Decor and furniture are nice and there are a variety of bed options ranging from multiple double beds to Kings. The resort has a fully equipped gym, along with a pool and jacuzzi that overlook the waves at Chicama. The top floor of the hotel has a game room offering a pool table, foosball, and ping pong table. A sauna is also available, as well as massages that can be arranged through the front desk. There’s also a dedicated yoga and meditation space on the hotel grounds.
Being a wave that lasts up to three miles long, there are multiple breaks and sections within Chicama. Each section has its own unique characteristics and some can be more steep and advanced than others. Paddling from the shore to the most outer point is nearly impossible due to the distance and strong currents. Chicama Boutique Hotel & Spa offers a zodiac service with guides who can zip you around to the different sections. The zodiac service comes in a variety of forms including private or shared, guided, or simply just picking you up at the end of the day. Arrangements can be made ahead of time or booked at the first desk once you’re there. There are multiple other surf spots in the region, but Chicama is generally the main attraction. There are waves nearly year-round at Chicama, with the south swell season of April through October offering the biggest and most consistent surf. Wetsuits are needed year-round.
Lessons are also available and some of the inside, close-to-shore sections at Chicama serve as a perfect canvas for beginners. Wetsuits and boards are included with your lesson.
Breakfast is included and consists of a buffet with hot coffee and fresh juice. The restaurant at Chicama Boutique Hotel & Spa overlooks the ocean and is built and decorated as an ode to the 1940’s vibe of the town. The area is a bastion for seafood and many of the dishes feature the catch of the day from local fishermen. Local dishes, pasta, and vegetarian options source with local ingredients are also available. The bar has a wide variety of drinks including classic Peruvian cocktails and beer.
Guided shore fishing tours are at the top of the list of non-surfing activities. The fishing is fantastic in the Chicama region and tours come with knowledgeable guides. Bikes are available for cruising through town and checking out the local shops and restaurants. Kayaking and horseback riding are also available. Chicama Boutique Hotel & Spa uniquely offers cooking classes at the hotel where you can learn to cook some of the famous Peruvian dishes. There are a long list of historical and archaeological sites in the area and tours can be arranged through the hotel.
Flights can be made into the town of Trujillo. From there it’s a one-hour drive to Chicama Boutique Hotel & Spa. Travel arrangements and guidance can be made through the front desk.