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Caleta de Chilca
Attention, surfers of the world: one of the best beaches in Peru awaits just 37 miles south of Lima. Discovered by a trio of surfing safari pros, Caleta de Chilca – also known as UFO Cove for the supposed extraterrestrial sightings nearby – burst out of obscurity just over a year ago. This new surfers’ paradise offers several of the best tubes (both right- and left-hand) available on the Peruvian coast. It is also considered one of the top four surfing destinations in the country and, in 2009, hosted the Peruvian Inka Challenge, a world-class bodyboarding event.
Caleta de Chilca’s strengths include extremely challenging waves that can reach 16 to 20 feet on a good day (definitely not for the faint of heart). Under these conditions, no one can guarantee that your surfboard will remain intact. If you’re going to get through, you have to be very well trained, in top physical condition and have the guts that these gargantuan swells demand. It is no exaggeration to say that Caleta de Chilca is the closest thing Peru has to Hawaii’s North Shore.
Did somebody say, “Surf’s up”?
Five Tips for Surfing Chilca
- The best swells come from the southwest at 220°.
- The best surfing is at half tide.
- The best time to hit the water is when the waves are 10’ to 13’ high.
- You’ll need a longboard, 7’4” at a minimum.
- Don’t forget: these waves are for experts only.