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National Geographic Ultimate Adventure Bucket List: Chicama

by Brody on December 7, 2011

The good folks over at one of our long time favorite publications, National Geographic, put together a pretty sweet “Ultimate Adventure Bucket List” and one of our favorite South American point breaks made the list… Chicama, Peru.

Even surfers haven’t entirely sussed out Peru’s 1,500 miles of coastline and year-round ocean surf. Add to that a preponderance of rivers and Peru is an obvious homing point for stand-up paddle surfers. Candice Appleby would start in Iquitos and travel up the Amazon in style on the Delfin Amazon Cruise, a swanky passenger boat.

“Here we can swim and paddle with pink dolphins, hug century-old trees, and experience pure nature at its finest,” she says. From there, she’d drive or boat to the Colca River, where she’d surf through Class III rapids, pass tumbling waterfalls, spot Andean condors, and ogle a canyon that at points plunges more than 10,000 feet. Then it’s off to the coast: “After some big-wave SUPing [stand-up paddleboarding] at Pico Alto”—the famed big-wave surf break south of Lima—“we will end the Peruvian SUP Expedition surfing Chicama, the longest left point break in the world.”

Check out the rest of the Ultimate Adventure Bucket List at

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