The Old Man and Cabo Blanco

If you have even the slightest of interest in American literature, you would have already read Ernest Heemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. The story is about an old man who fights all odds, including loneliness, to catch a large fish off the coast of a desolate beach. The story was inspired by a beach in Peru called Cabo Blanco.

Today, the fishing village is still as desolate as it was when Ernest Hemingway visited it in the early part of the second half of the 20th century. The famous Cabo Blanco Fishing Club was the scene where Alfred Glassell Jr. caught a large black marlin, which weighed 1560 pounds. In the 1970s, Cabo Blanco grew to be a surf spot, with Gordo Barreda discovering it in 1979. The powerful and hollow wave is known as the “Peruvian Pipeline” and is a great place to try surfing if you are fond of doing that.

Surfers from as far as 700 kilometers down south, from Lima, come to Cabo Blanco in order to ride the waves and the beach has achieved a cult status of its own. The pristine yet desolate beach is as romantic and beautiful as Ernest Hemingway’s novel is. The beach is located 3 kilometers from El Alto, Talara, Piura in Northwestern Peru. Ensure that you have lots of time when you get here, as time moves very slowly and you may also not want to leave one of the most idyllic spots in the world.

It is said that the surf swell from Hawaii reaches Cabo Blanco and that is what drives a lot of surfers towards Cabo Blanco. If you would like to try something new and different, you might as well pack your rough bags and head towards the desolate Cabo Blanco! Transportation may be difficult, but if you are willing to go there, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a way to reach.

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Jude C

I am a travel enthusiast who has closely worked with different communities in India. My interests range from alternative rock to English literature. I also happen to love cats a lot.

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