human settlement in Peru

Puerto Malabrigo, also known as Puerto Chicama, is a city in Peru 20 km north west of Paijan. It should not be confused with Chicama, the seat of Chicama district, located 30 km north of Trujillo. Puerto Malabrigo/Chicama is known by surfers for having the world's longest left hand wave.

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Surf the longest left hand wave in the world (this means that when you look at the sea from the beach, the wave breaks from the left to the right hand side).

If you don't have your own surf kit, there are several options:

  • Zorro's - next to El Hombre hostal on the hill that overlooks the Puerto Malabrigo Beach. Rents boards and wetsuits. When the waves are big, the owner also films surfers and can make you a DVD of the ride.
  • Chino Moreno - in town on Calle Zacna 281 opposite Puerto Malabrigo's main market. There´s a little sign saying board rental above the shop. The owner Victor rents boards and wetsuits, and has a larger selection to choose from. He has been maintaining a guestbook of surfers that have visited Chicama since 1992, and knows the area well. He can also take you on surf excursions to nearby Poemape and Pacosmayo, and arrange archaeological tours of local pyramids (for example El Pyramide del Brujo). Home phone is +51 44343017, cell is +51 948573187, emails are &,

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There are several options available in town but the nicest are up on the hill overlooking the point in Puerto Malabrigo.

  • El Hombre - one of the longer standing hostals on the point. Beds start at S/15 (soles) a night, and the family that run it are very friendly. Has a great view off the beach and the waves. Doris, the keystone of the operation can also whip up breakfast, lunch or dinner (for residents and non-residents).
  • Iguana Inn Hotel- a really nice place to stay. You can use the kitchen when you want so you don't have to pay for restaurants it also has wi-fi, garage, hot water, big rooms and reasonable prices. Contact :

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Most come via Trujillo. From the Santa Cruz inter provincial bus terminal in Trujillo you can pick up a Dorado bus to Chicama. This takes approximately 2 hours, and costs S/5. You can put surfboards on the bus at no extra charge.

You can also take a taxi from Trujillo. One way costs approximately S/120, there and back costs approximately S/150.

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