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Immerse yourself in the unique coastal experience of Huanchaco, a beachside town remaining from the Moche civilization. It is the most visited beach of Trujillo, situated in a bay on a terrace at the foot of Campana mountain. Huanchaco is notable for its surf breaks, its unique reed watercrafts, and its ceviche. You will have the opportunity to visit incredible surf beaches, tour the ruin of Chan Chan (the largest adobe city in the world that was built circa 500 A.D. and lasted until its conquest by the Inca Empire in 1470), visit the second oldest church in Peru (Santuario De La Virgen Del Socorro), go to both Huaca Del Sol (Temple of the Sun) and Huaca Del Luna (Temple of the Moon), go on a tour of Trujillo town, hike ruins and beaches, and fish in the local waters. Participate in applied sustainable tourism studies and hands-on immersion work with plenty of time for daily surf sessions and exploring the local area. Stay near the beach with access to world-class surf breaks and gain real life experience in the field of sustainable surf tourism – all while earning three units of college credit.
This program provides three units of SDSU resident credit through structured experiential coursework. This course fulfills the General Education IV Cultural Diversity Requirement.
RTM 404 Cross-Cultural Interactions in Tourism-Nicaragua Sustainable Surf Tourism (3 units)
Concepts, definitions and measures of the essential cultural components of surf tourism in Nicaragua. Integrated view of interrelated socio-cultural tourism issues with an understanding and appreciation of diverse Nicaraguan cultures. (SDSU General Catalog & Announcement of Courses, 2011-2012).This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of culture, social contact and interaction, values, perception and satisfaction and the complexities associated with examination of cross-cultural behavior in the context of international surf tourism.
Beyond the Classroom
Huanchaco is a small village on the northern coast of Peru famous for its surfing, fishing and food. It is relaxing place to stay for most travelers after they visit Trujillo's colonial center and archaeological sites. Huanchaco has a mellow beach vibe and is located in a mostly unspoiled corner of Peru. It has a long history with the ocean and is considered the birthplace of surfing in Peru. In 2013, Huanchaco was selected as a World Surfing Reserve by the "Save the Waves Coalition," fulfilling criteria including wave quality/consistency, unique environmental characteristics, surf history/culture and local support. The area is well known by expatriates, surfers, and archeologists, among others. This will be a perfect place to understand the juxtaposition of surf travels impact on traditional culture. While there, we will be staying in a location with optimal immersion experience, education, and surf (subject to change):
Surf Hostel Meri
+51 44 462264
La Ribera 720
Huanchaco, La Libertad, Peru
Day 1 – Arrive In Trujillio | Transfer To Hostel Meri | Welcome Dinner and Orientation
Day 2 – Morning Surf Lesson | Before Dinner Lecture | After Dinner Talk With Guest Speaker from SWC
Day 3 – Morning Lecture | Surf | Lunch In Town | Visit To The Santuario De La Virgen Del Socorro | Movie Night
Day 4 – Depart For Visit to Chan Chan | Late Afternoon Surf | After Dinner Lecture
Day 5 – Morning Surf | Mid-Morning Lecture | Visit To A Local Kitchen For Class On Making Ceviche | Evening Group Discussion And Debrief
Day 6 – Morning Lecture | Depart For Walking Tour Of Trujillo | Sunset Surf | Movie Night
Day 7 – Caballitos | Meet Local Fisherman, Tour Where They Grow And Dry The Reeds Used For Boat Building | Construct A Boat | Observe Or Partake In Fishing, Make Ceviche From The Collected Fish | Try To Surf The Boats!
Evening Guest Speaker of A Local English Speaking Surfer Who Will Discuss Impact Of Surf Tourism
Day 8 – Depart For Tour of Huaca Del Sol and Huaca Del Luna | Sunset Surf | After Dinner Lecture
Day 9 – Possibility for Tour Of Trash Site | Talk With Project Manager | Beach Clean Up | Dinner In Town
Day 10 – Depart For the USA
The College of Extended Studies does not accept responsibility for any changes to program activities.
Included in the Fee
- Tuition for three units of SDSU resident credit
- International travel insurance
- In-country transportation
- Breakfasts and dinners
- Course materials
- Local tours & excursions
NOT Included in the Fee
- Airline fees for surfboards
- Surfboard and equipment rentals
- Lunch, snacks and drinks
- Passport fees
$36, paid to the College of Extended Studies
$1,200, paid to Groundswell Educational Travel
$1,393, paid to Groundswell Educational Travel
$321, paid to the College of Extended Studies
March 15, 2014
Admission and Prerequisites
- Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public.
- SDSU students must be in good academic standing.
- Minimum age to participate is 18.
All participants must complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation. Details will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements as airfare is not included in the program price.
For questions about program fee payment, program itinerary, and location please contact:
For questions about course registration, or the pre-daparture meeting please contact:
College of Extended Studies
Phone: (619) 594-1138