A trip to Pico Alto International Surf Camp is all about value, maximizing your wave to cost ratio.
Punta Hermosa is a beach town 20 miles south of Lima that is doubly famous in the surfing world for two natural wonders: Pico Alto and Sofia Mulanovich. Pico Alto International Surf Camp is located just back from the beach between the surf spots at Oscar Point and Senoritas, but within close range of an eight mile miracle of 17 surf spots from San Bartolo to the south and Arica to the north, and many more spots for those who want a 50 mile adventure into the countryside to surf alone.
A trip to Pico Alto International Surf Camp is all about value, maximizing your wave to $ ratio. The facilities are basic, but provide everything you need to surf your brains out, and a welcome social atmosphere. Your stay includes airport transfers, accommodations, large meals, and daily surf transfers to all the breaks in the local area. For a small additional cost a local guide will be arranged to get you outside the greater Lima city limits and into desolate empty coastline.
Pico Alto International Surf Camp is run by Oscar Morante Jr. The Morante family has been surfing this area for more then 40 years. The hotel has become a hangout for local surfers in the area who work in conjunction with Oscar Jr to guide guests into the best surf each day for their ability.
Pico Alto International Surf Camp begins each daywith a solid breakfast to fuel up for surfing the morning session. Come in from that and eat a big lunch, then take an afternoon siesta to rest up for the evening session.
Surf into sunset, eat a good dinner, then fall asleep and dream of perfect waves. Each room is configured for groups of 2-4 with private bathroom and hot water. The facilities are basic, but they are clean, safe and always provide guests with delicious seafood.
Punta Hermosa offers an amazing array of waves within a small area, similar to the North Shore of Oahu in some ways, as the range is from beachbreaks perfect for beginners, to Pico Alto – the biggest regularly surfed wave in South America, and one of the best big wave challenges in the world.
From south to north all within 20 minutes:
San Bartolo has two breaks either side of the pier best on small to medium swell.
Penascal is a shifty right point that breaks on all swells, including south swells and can get double overhead plus.
El Huayco is a reefbreak that is mostly a left with some rights. This is a fallback spot when the swell is down and the points aren’t working.
Explosivos is a shallow, hollow beachbreak that breaks a lot of boards and is also popular with bodyboarders – or anyone who wants to get shacked.
Punta Rocas means “Rocky Point” in Spanish is a consistent right and left reefbreak that is one of the most consistently surfed waves in the area. Breaks all year and rarely under head high.
Kon Tiki is considered the training ground for Pico Alto – a big wave that shifts around a lot and is hard to line up. This is for experts only.
Puntilla (Little Point) is a right point that is rocky but good for beginners wanting to move up to intermediate surfers.
La Isla breaks off the tip of Punta Hermosa, and is a right that goes to double overhead and larger.
El Paso is a right reef that is one of the better waves in the area: fast, hollow and gets big.
Playa Norte is a right point best on medium size S swells that breaks into a beachbreak.
Senoritas is a point/reef left that shifts in like Windansea and can be a smoking wave under the right conditions. Pretty girls and great seafood restaurants on the beach. Hog heaven!
Caballeros is a right reef across from Senoritas.
Silencios is a fickle right that breaks on an urchin-covered reef and is popular with bodyboarders but great for shortboarders who want to bust aerial moves.
La Timba is the Old Man’s of this area: long, slow rights and lefts a decent paddle outside of Silencios. A good longboard spot that is mostly overlooked.
Pulpos is a beachbreak that favors the rights. Not the best wave in the area, but a good place for beginners who want to learn to surf beachbreaks.
Arica is a right and left peak that is best from 6 – 10 feet. For some reason this wave is overlooked, so give it a look.
All of that within less than 10 miles, and many more options for those willing to take a day-trip What are you waiting for?
This country that stretches from 3° to 18° south of the equator has water temperature ranging from cold to surprisingly warm. Most of the Pacific Coast of Peru gets less than one inch of rain per year and explains why this coastal region is often described as a lunar like landscape.
The Humboldt Current is the largest upwelling current on the planet, and it flows counterclockwise from the southern tip of Chile to the northern reaches of Peru. The cold water that upwells to the surface is rich with nutrients, and sea life thrives.The Humboldt Current also contributes to the climactic factors that make coastal Peru look like the surface of the moon.
Peru is flanked by the Andes which rise as high as 15,000 feet and create a wall separating the cool Pacific air from the more humid air of the Atlantic. This coolness limits the amount of evaporation from the ocean, thereby limiting humidity, which in turn limits the airs ability to retain sun generated heat. Also, the east side of the Andes soak up all the moisture from air moving to the west, leaving almost nothing to fall on the west side.
Peru has good surf year round, and the time of year you travel may dictate the area in Peru on which you focus. The Southern region around Lima gets big consistent surf year round.
Air temps can get into the low 60s in the dead of winter (June/August), and up to the low 80s in the summer (Dec/Feb). Water temps range from 58-68 winter to summer. You’ll get south swell year round in Lima, but winter weather can be unfavorable June through October and the best weather occurs from December through May.
The Central region near Chicama is most consistent during the south swell period April through October, but can pick up big NW swells Dec thru Feb that are less frequent. During the south swell winter the water temps will range from 60-68 degrees, and up into the 70s in the summer. Air temperatures range from 65-80 degrees, with even the winter months having warm days.
Northern Peru is never really cold. October through March will see water temperatures from 72-77 degrees and air temps in the mid to upper 80s. During their winter from April through September water temps vary between 65 – 73 degrees with air temperatures still reaching the mid 80s.
On/off site activities include:
|Passengers||Package Price||Extra Day|
|1 Passenger||$ 300 per person||$ 40 per person|
|2 Passengers||$ 250 per person||$ 40 per person|