I don’t know, I think Peru is pretty dope.

So far Peru has offered a completely different landscape than the other countries we’ve traveled through in the last year. We’ve been mostly driving in the mountains and jungles, but upon entering northern Peru, the landscape quickly changed to desert.

Luckily there are still plenty of Rambo murals painted on the back of trucks. It’s always either Christ or Rambo. Always. Go figure.

We spent a fun week hanging out in Mancora. The surf was amazing, and we ran into Lainie and Miro, better know in traveling circles as “Raising Miro”click here to check out their travel site.

We stumbled on their website last year and were impressed by their decision to leave the US for good and travel the world by backpack. They’ve been traveling for over two years now and have covered Central America and the top of South America. Good form. Good people.

We left Mancora and worked our way south through nothing but desert. Our destination was the world famous wave at Chicama.

Everybody’s been in pretty good spirits lately. And upon arriving at Chicama we only got happier.

This wave is unlike anything I have ever seen. We caught it at the end of a swell and surfed it for 3 days. You can’t tell from this photo on the bluff, but those are 10 foot faces.

The rides are so long that after surfing in, you have a 45 minute walk back out to the point to start again. Forget about paddling, it’s way too far. Below in the bottom of the photo I’m on my way back to the point, which is still around 2 corners out of sight.

Sunset at Chicama. The swell was dying off but there was still head high waves at the first point. We rented an amazing room with a balcony overlooking the ocean. We had wifi, private bathroom, and the best view in the world. It almost broke our bank though. $20 per night. HA!

Back when we were in Montanita, Ecuador we met a really cool Peruvian surfer who was raised in Australia. His name is Julio (front left in photo below). We ended up running into him, his girlfriend Lauren, and his Aussie posse at Chicama. They had come up to catch the swell. We all hit it off really well and ended up heading south as a group to the town of Huanchaco.  This is the most people we’ve had in the Sprinter since… umm… never.

When we got to Huanchaco, Julio helped us find an amazing apartment RIGHT in front of yet another sick left point break. This is where we plan to base for a few months. We have a wave in the front yard, and we’re a 54 minute drive to Chicama, the longest wave in the world.

I don’t know. I think this is a dope setup. Anyone want to visit?



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  1. We are there.. Just need to find a way to remote print.. lol. And pay the mortgage..

  2. Ivan Prates says:


  3. Justin Gilbert says:

    I cant wait till im there. Yeah!

  4. Only a 45 min walk ?? When I did that midnight run on the Severn Bore in the 70’s we had a 4 mile walk back to the campsite, and didn’t really know where we were going, just stayed as close to the river as possible.
    Of course, we were surf kayakers and had never had to worry about a shuttle before – just paddle back in……
    Oh, and then we had to wait 12 hours for the next wave *grins*
    Chicama looks like a seriously cool spot !!

    Uncle Mick

    • Hey Mick
      you guys should come visit! you would love south america.
      btw, there where several surf shoes out there. Its popular down here

  5. Cool, sounds like a great trek so far.
    A couple months in one location – don’t tell me you’re getting old an slowing down? 🙂
    Enjoy the waves dude and dudette.
    Play nice and travel safely.
    John D. Wilson

    • Yeah, after 2 years going non stop we’re both feeling a little road worn. It was nice to unpack the van! cheers mate

  6. Cheryll Anglin says:

    Wow! That is a beautiful beach! but watch out for the ceviche!!

  7. Drew Marquart says:

    thats awesome I so envy you two.

  8. Andrea Patterson Hall says:

    Wow! Sounds like you guys are living right! (especially with fresh ceviche 😉 Bon appetit!

  9. David Leher says:

    kiki is so stoked…the dog should write a book……yah..idea.. stevi! Start now!

  10. Colin Lantz says:

    Just got back from Mentawais. A bunch of the guys on the trip had been to Chicama and raved about it.

    • your next trip? It won’t get any easier. We’ve got a 2 bedroom apartment. We’re 5 minutes from the airport. Come on down man.

  11. if you need a hook-up, talk to the pizza guy in the mercado. Damn good pizza too.

    • Hey Jason, we’re all hooked up! Thanks man.

      What are your plans? Are you guys gunning for Tierra Del Fuego?


  12. Hey guys, I love Huanchaco. I ate the best ceviche in the world there! And I surfed for the first time there too. I can’t wait to get back down there. We are in Lago Chapala, Mexico on our way south.
    I wanted to ask you about your dog. Have you had any problems at borders yet? Anything I need to know before I get one?

    • Hey Greg,
      We smuggled our dog across every border except El Salvador and Panama. We got caught at both of those borders and paid a bribe to get her across. Make sure you have a health certificate and all the shots. If you ship around the Darrien Gap, you’ll have to take the dog to a vet in Panama and make sure all the paper work is spot on for taking it to Colombia.

    • Hey Greg. I just wanted to add that the actual requirements of getting your dog into each country can appear quite daunting. We bought all the paperwork to create proper pet passports for Kiki from http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Passports/ before we left the States because we wanted to be extra prepared, but as it has turned out, we have not needed most of it. As Tree said, we smuggle Kiki through as many borders as we can just to avoid the extra time it would take to get her through customs (we’re a little impatient at borders), but when we have claimed her, we show a recent health certificate (no older than 30 days), a rabies certificate, and current vaccination records. We’ve never had an issue getting her across a border. Also, as Tree mentioned, when you fly from Panama to Colombia, you have to go to a vet and get a current health certificate that has been stamped by the ministry of agriculture in Panama, which takes a couple weeks and costs a couple hundred dollars. Traveling by air with a pet is far trickier than driving. Anyhow, if you have any more specific questions, please feel free to email us through the Contact Us page on the blog. Oh…and try and get a calm black dog under 40 pounds. They are the easiest to smuggle 🙂

  13. Damn that wave sounds good!!! doesn’t look like crowds or localism is much of a problem there – how was it?

    I haven’t surfed since Sept so just dying to get in some waves 2 weeks from now. Unfortunately for me, it’ll be in the icy waters here in canada =(

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