Trujillo, Peru, La Libertad

Chicama Beach at Sunset
Photo by: Carlhey Bolz

If you are into surfing, you really have no excuse not to come to Chicama. It has the longest left-breaking wave in the world and is otherwise and extremely chill, pretty little beach town just a couple hours north of Trujillo in northern Peru.

Below, we have some basic information about the town and we’re in the process of getting you some more, so you can have access to the most local knowledge of Chicama.

Chicama

The waves from the point
Photo by: Carlhey Bolz

Lodging

El Gordo – A solid little hostel with hot water and cool owners.

Price: S/.25-30 per night

Dining

El Mirador – The best ceviche place in town. It’s on the main stretch on the beach side of the street; look for a big sign that says ‘El Mirador’. Expect to pay around S/.12.

Kial – The best chicken place in town. If facing the church in the plaza, take the street to the back left up one block and it should be on the street to your right. S/.10 for a 1/2 portion (which, contrary to the name, is a lot).

Panificada – Fantastic apple pastries for S/.0.50 each. To get there, face the church in the plaza and it is on the upper right corner.

La Libertad, Peru

Photo by: Carlhey Bolz

Maria’s Papa Rellenas – Every afternoon, local stuffed potato legend Maria runs a cart with arguably the best papas rellenas you’ll have in Peru. After around 3pm, go to the plaza, face the church, go to the upper right corner and follow that street down one block and she should be on the corner on your left.

How to Get There

From Trujillo: Take a cab to the Santa Cruz Terminal (should not be more than 4 soles). Look for yellow buses going to Puerto Chicama (you can also just say Chicama or ‘Malabrigo’ and someone will point you to the right bus). The ride is about 2 hours and Chicama is the last stop.

Price: S/.5.50

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Chicama -7.847061, -79.148361 If you are into surfing, you really have no excuse not to come to Chicama. It has the longest left-breaking wave in the worldand is otherwise and extremely chill, pretty little beach town just a couple hours north of Trujillo in northern Peru.