Program & Schedule
Enjoy the ocean outdoors with Surfing, other fun activities and new friends!
Pimentel is a great surfing destination as the weather forecasts are pleasant all year round.The perfect wave conditions attract sport addicts from all over the world!
Absolute beginners wanting to try surfing or people needing a refresher course are both welcome to take part in our surfing experience and enjoy the perfect conditions Peru has to offer.
Even though Pimentel is a cozy, little seaside town, it hosts competitions throughout the year, which gives it a great surfing vibe. The waves are also moderated, which make it the perfect destination for beginners as well as for people who want to improve their surfing skills.
Besides the surfing opportunities, this program will gives you the opportunity to get involved with:
- Emu, Ostriches and Rheas (the native of the Americas in danger of extinction, related to ostrich and emu. There were formerly two, but now three recognized extant species)
- Leather and crafts Fashion Design/Product Development
It is a relaxing week, so in your free times you will be able to plan your trips to get to know the surroundings and have also fun with other friends!
The surf school will provide all the necessary gear including a wetsuit and the surfboard.
Aims & Objectives
- Improve your skills and ability to surf on waves in the ocean
- Provide you with experience and knowledge of some local wildlife
- If your first Sunday, an orientation meeting will take place in Cajamarca
- Arrival to Pimentel Location
- Orientation and rescheduling plan for the week
- Surfing introduction
- Rheas, Emu and Ostrich conservation Center work
- Rheas, Emu and Ostrich conservation Center work
- Jogging along the beach or free time to visit the surroundings!
- Jogging along the beach and or Free time to visit the surroundings!
- Jogging along the beach or Free time to visit the surroundings!
- Rheas, Emu and Ostrich conservation Center work
- Free time to visit the surroundings!
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: On Arrival
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
There are no specific requirements.
Living & Location
Pimentel is a small seaside town that is only half an hour from the much bigger city of Chiclayo. It has plenty of amenities, and though small, is a bustling coastal area. Beautiful beaches are nearby for you to enjoy!
This unique guest house is on the site of a Peruvian ostrich zoo. You’ll be surrounded by these friendly large flightless birds and see first hand how they are raised by experienced caregivers...who will also be looking after you!
The food will be typically Peruvian meaning a lot of corn, beans, rice, chilli peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grain, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!
It is in a small township with a Supermarket, ATMs, morning markets and eateries all located about 15-20 minutes walking distance from your accommodation.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
There is an array of places and sights that our participants usually visit on weekends that lets you explore Peru besides the mainstream tourist routes. Even if you stay in Peru for a few months, you won’t run out of astonishing places to visit!
You don’t have to travel far! Although a small town, there are activities you can do right here in Pimentel. A favourite if you have the funds (and the guts!) is to take on some Tandem Skydiving, something quite popular around Peru. Spend the day relaxing, have a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants along the boardwalk, take a few surf lessons or maybe even join a game of beach volleyball. Visitors and locals alike find that there are many fun things to do on the beach in Pimentel.
Mercado Modelo: Famous witch doctor’s market
Only 30 minutes away, Mercado Modelo is a huge market in the center of Chiclayo not only offers tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and other kinds of food you might not have seen before, as well as services like tailors and shoemakers, but it also hosts the famous witch doctor’s market. There you find shark jaws, deer legs, snakeskins, potions, scents and amulets. There are heaps of dried mountain herbs and San Pedro cacti, which shamans use to produce a hallucinogenic drink.
Bosque de Pomac
Just an hour away you can visit Peru’s oldest tree in World’s largest dry forest just north of Chiclayo. Besides Peru’s oldest tree it also hides pyramids of the Sican culture. The attentive visitor can easily spot left overs of antique ceramics or even bones along the walkways. Combine the visit with a horseback ride to get the most out of it. You can also ride horses through this beautiful location here!
Visit Senor de Sipan the Best Museum in Latin America. Found in Lambayeque, just 30 minutes away, it is considered to be the best museum in Latin America, because it exhibits one of the most important gold treasure discoveries in ancient Peru and the world. You’ll view amazing artifacts of gold, silver, precious stones and other metals. You should take a guide to fully understand all the exhibits. Go in a group and you can split the cost of the guide.
Only 45 minutes away, the “valley of the pyramids”, was discovered just a few years ago and once formed the world’s largest pyramid complex. Restoration started a few years ago and now a new and extensive museum has just recently opened it’s doors.
An hour’s journey away and you’ll be able to view some of the world’s most extraordinary tombs, place of discovery of the “Lord of Sipan”, also known as the "King Tutankamon of the Americas". Most of the treasures found the tombs are now displayed in the museum Tumbas Reales, but still the site is definitely worth a visit.
Huaca del Sol & Huaca de la Luna
Well known pyramids of the Moche culture, hosting Peru’s best preserved murals. One used to be an administrative center, the other one a religious complex.
While you can visit the pyramids in a single day, getting back to Chiclayo by night, we recommend combining the visit with a tour through Chan Chan, staying overnight at the popular beach of Huanchaco. Take the chance to also visit beautiful colonial Trujillo. A 4 hr drive, but well worth it! Once you get here, there is plenty to see and do.
Chan Chan: World’s largest adobe city
Chan Chan not only used to be America’s biggest city, but also was and still is the world’s largest city built of adobe - sun dried mud-bricks - with walls as high as 12 meters, being home for about 60.000 inhabitants. Since it was conquered by the Incas, it’s extension declined to about 20 square kilometers, of which only a few parts are actively restored. As this impressive place is endangered by the more and more frequently occurring El Niño storms, consider visiting it soon. Located 4 hrs away from your accommodation.
Three hours away, between Chiclayo and Trujillo lies the unflashy fishermen outpost Puerto Chicama. But not only have there been found surfboards dating back to the 1930s or even earlier, but it also has long been a well-protected secret that locals managed to surf for about 2.2 kilometers on a single wave, making it the world’s longest wave.
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Shaullo Grande
- Lambayeque (Chiclayo)
Name: Republic of Peru
Population: 31 million
Language: Spanish (Quechua, Aymara)
Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone: PET (UTC -5)
Peru is the third largest country in South America; a country known for its incredible cultural heritage such as the renowned Machu Picchu and the remains of the Inca Empire. Although the Incas are the most famous ones, there are other manifestations of pre-Columbian cultures and unexplored archaeological sites which can be located in the North of Peru. This magnificent land composed of a variety of landscapes, climates and biodiversity, is visited by tourists from all over the world.
In Peru, it is possible to enjoy a range of activities from surfing in the Northern beaches to hiking in the Andes Cordillera, from trekking in the humid and hot Amazon rainforest to visiting cultural sites, excellent museums, and enjoying traditional dishes. Peruvian people are very friendly, warm, and ready to help or to introduce you to their customs. You will find in these regions a great diversity of ethnic groups, festivities, handcraft, and gastronomy.
Peru is a country of contrasts where the crazy traffic is surpassed by the majesty of mountain ranges. You will find cities peaking at altitudes of more than 6700 meters, infinite beaches with beautiful sunsets, the magically diverse landscape of the tropical rainforest and let’s not forget about the llamas.
Despite being near the Equator, the presence of different regions of the Andes Cordillera and the arid coast along with the effects of the cold Humboldt Stream induce highly distinct weather. The climate in Peru consists in three main regions: Costa, Sierra, Selva (the coast, the mountains and the jungle).
The coast of Peru represents 10% of the whole surface of the country. Within this part of the coast, the north has a semi-tropical climate. Because of the Humboldt Stream, the temperatures are not that hot for a desert. The temperature is around 24°C all year long. The Southern region, including the central coast and the south, has a subtropical climate. The temperatures range from 15°C during the winter to 26°C during the summer. Summer is from December to March.
Alongside the Andes Cordillera, the winter is dry and the summer rainy. The annual temperatures fluctuate from 11 to 16°C but with wide differences from one site to another because of the different altitudes. Therefore, it is better to come during the winter from May to September during the dry season and enjoy the Costa during the summer.
This is the Amazon region of Peru that represents 60% of the Peruvian surface. The climate is humid, hot, with rainfall all year long and especially during the rainy season from January to April. During the dry season, it usually rains once per week with temperatures fluctuating around 30°C.
In any case, it is preferable to have 3 kinds of outfits for cold, hot and rainy weather. This beautiful country has different climate zones since it has deserts, mountains and Amazon rainforest.
The Peruvian culture is widely known for its Inca Empire and the ruins of Machu Picchu. However, Peru includes a lot of other different cultures that are lesser known. Before being colonized in the 16th century by Spain, and before the Inca Empire, other cultures were already very organized, structured economically and politically. This is particularly the case of the Chavín and Mochica cultures which date from 1800-200 BC. Hidden archaeological treasures of these cultures are present in the north of Peru. The Lambayeque Region is the biggest hotspot of unexplored archaeological places in the world while the south of Peru is the most touristic region with Cusco, Machu Picchu and Arequipa.
The country recognizes the practice of other religions. Nevertheless, since its independence from Spain in 1821, Peru remains mainly catholic at 80%. Therefore a lot of churches are present in the country. Inspired from the colonial style, they often constitute the sights to see, along with buildings from the same era in big cities such as Chiclayo, Piura, Trujillo, Arequipa, and Lima. Even with Catholicism as the predominant religion, several events and festivities in Peru refer directly to Inca celebrations and ceremonies. Peru is a colourful country, as evidenced by the traditional fabric you can find in the handcraft markets.
The city of Cajamarca is renowned for its carnival where paint battles take place every year. If you are out and about on those days, expect to be targeted with paint and water during the celebration. Peru is also a country of dances. The national dance is the Marinera and it is frequently practiced along the coast, while traditional tribal dances can be found in jungle areas.
Nowadays, Peru is a multicultural country due in part to the colonialism period, but also because of the different migration phases. The indigenous population represents 45% of the population while the rest is a mixture of different ascendances. A third of the population is Metis and has Spanish origins. Then there is a melting pot of European, African and also Asiatic people. The indigenous are more present in the Selva while the rest of the country is mixed with the other ethnicities. Also, in the jungle and mountains, it is more frequent to see people wearing traditional clothes such as the poncho, the hat and the long skirt for women. While the Amazon represents 60% of the Peruvian surface, it is the least densely populated region of the country. Therefore, it holds lots of beautiful unseen areas and uninhabited parts, which remain untouched by humans.
Another important sector in Peru is the fruit production. Peru is a land of fruit trees, like Mango and Cherimoya, which are very tasty.
Peruvian gastronomy is award winning! Among its specialities are the Ceviche, which is made with raw fish, seasoned with lemon and spices, the Anticuchos made with beef heart, the Chicha Morada, a national drink made with purple corn, and the national alcohol: Pisco.
Peruvian gastronomy is considered to be one of the most diversified and famous in South America. Very often, dishes include rice; this may be in part because of the Chinese migration influence. Since then, “Chifa” in Peru has been used in reference to Chinese cooking.