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Surfing in South America
Surfing in South America
Surfing is an invigorating sport that allows you to ride the waves and be one with the sea. South America is a top surfing destination for many reasons: the climate is usually mild, there are a variety of geographic locations to choose from, and the low cost of living is friendly to even the most budget-conscious wallets. With almost 90,000 miles of coast, South America is sure to have just the perfect spot to suit your taste.
The art of surfing has existed for thousands of years. The oldest form of this thrilling sport is what is commonly known as ‘bodysurfing,’ which consists of catching waves without a board. Using a surf board is a relatively new practice that we owe to the Polynesians. Recent discoveries though, show that they weren’t the first ones to use a similar kind of floating device. Peruvian fishermen have been riding the waves with their ‘Caballitos de Totoro’, or ‘little reed horses’ in English, for the last 3000 years. These narrow one-person boats were made of dried reeds and were ridden the same way you would ride a horse, thus the name. ‘Caballitos de Totoro’ are still being used today as a rather effective way for fishing and you can see them drying under the Peruvian sun at several beaches like Pimentel, Trujillo and Huanchaco.
For a lot of surfers, South America is a top destination. First and foremost, the weather conditions are ideal for enjoying exciting surf all year round! South America is flanked by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and is known for its prime and amazingly long beaches that can stretch as far as the eye can see. You can surf in a variety of locations and challenge yourself with many different types of waves. South America’s surfing locations are ideal for both beginners and advanced surfers and they include great spots in Ecuador and Peru.
Ecuador’s coastline is 1,390 mi long and offers you the possibility to surf all year long in mild weather without a wetsuit. Considering that most travellers choose this scenic destination for the Andes Mountain Range, it’s an ideal surfing destination for those who wish to avoid crowded beaches. You can practice your favorite sport along Ecuador’s mainland coast or enjoy some unforgettable surfing in the acclaimed Galapagos Islands.
Peru, another South American country, boasts more than 1,500 miles of coastline and has an abundance of stunning surfing locations to choose from. You can encounter waves as big as those in Hawaii with the added bonus of tourist-free beaches. While some of the most well-known spots can be crowded, many Peruvian beaches stretch so far that you are certain to find a nice secluded spot for a peaceful surfing experience.
South America is the place to enjoy one of the best surfing experiences. The airfare might set you back a little, but it’s cheap, laidback lifestyle more than makes up for it, and travelling surfers often find themselves being able to afford staying longer than they expected.
If your ideal surfing destination involves great waves all year round along miles of beaches without spending a fortune, then come to South America!