We were desperate to find somewhere that could satisfy our dreams of empty, idyllic beaches and waves that wouldn't swallow us up whole. After wandering along a dusty road we discovered it at Nicawaves - our surf camp for the week.
Nicaragua has the potential to become Central America's #1 backpacker spot - here's our pick of the top things to do in Nicaragua!
Playa Gigante could have been the perfect backpacker beach town, however it lacks two essential ingredients.
An excellent value hostel in the north of Peru, Frog's Chillhouse is only in its first year of existence but is likely to become a firm favourite of backpackers looking for surf, seafood and sun.