We are now sitting on a nice patio looking at great waves. Actually nothing new besides the fact that the patio location is some miles more in the south. Actually we are now in Peru.
So how did that happen?
It all started during a totally flat day back “home” in Gorgona, Panama. We discovered that the full next week there will be no waves at all (or well, 1 foot waves). So we knew we had to move on. Even tough we decided some days before that Peru would blast our budget, we started looking up on how expensice the flights from Panama to Lima are. Surprise surprise, there are 2 big and “cheap” companies flying arround Central and Southamerica and we managed to get a good deal with Taca Airlines (475$ retour) for a flight down to Southamerica on a short term basis. Because the airplanes are really small (at least the first one) it looked pretty bad for some time for beas longboard (travelling with a 9′ board can be a pain in the ass…). They feared it wouldnt fit into the plane. But somehow they managed to get it into the plane (even without damage) and we were ready to board.
Before departing we spent two days in Panama City, even tough we are usually not keen of visiting cities, it was quite nice. Probably thats the case because we spent the 2 days in and around Casco Viejo, the picturesque old town of Panama City. We found different spots with street art and stumbled upon a funny outdoor reggeaton birthday party. It was nice to experience a different kind of Panama during visitting the city.
Some hours later we landed in Peru and got another great deal with Movil Tours (50S / 18$) and drove on the same day/night 9 hours up to Trujillo in the most luxury bus ever. Downside was to experience the loudest snoring ever from the guy next door.
Anyway, our target wasn’t actually Trujillo but Huanchaco, a small (but not so mall as Gorgona – you could say we are back in civilization) village at the ocean with a super consistent wave and some point breaks just in front of the village. We managed to find a great finnish community (well actually its a hostel) where we got a room from where we can check the waves just out of the window. It’s called Surf Hostal Lily and the local (and supposedly) peruwide well known boardshaper Yenth CCora is situated here too. A custom 9′ longboard would cost arround 500$.
Living got quite a deal cheaper in Peru, we pay arround 14$ a day per person for food and bed, but you could live even cheaper. There are cheaper accomodations but there is none which fullfills perfectly the needs of a surfer (which means other surfers, space for as much surfboards as you carry arround..even longboards, 3$ all you can eat healthy food in the morning / evening, stuff to clean the wetsuits, a shaper in-house, all arround the place hamocks and chilling areas and just a great vibe – and of course, they got some dogs, too). Well that explains the delay of our Blog entry. We are just too busy with surfing (but after a week of surfing we are exhausted enough to get back on the computer for some time).