Puerto Chicama is a plain beach near an ugly town with only a few run-down places to stay and eat. As Chicho, the Huanchaco  surfing pro, explains, “the only good thing Chicama has is waves,” which, March–June, form the longest-breaking surf in the world.
The wave ranges in height 1–2.5 meters and runs a reputed 2.5 kilometers. Four separate waves that link together, the megawave is the result of a flat, sandy beach, steady crosswinds, and southern and western ocean currents. Locals joke that surfers need a spare set of legs to surf it and a combi ride to make it back up the beach afterwards.
Long before surfing was in vogue, Chicama was a major port for the sugar and cotton brought by railroad from the nearby Hacienda Chicama. As a result the town has an old pier with railroad tracks and a group of old, wooden casonas along the waterfront.