If you want a beach holiday off-the-beaten-path, then Peru’s Pacific coastline may be just the ticket.
Surfing for all levels, including beginners, and the best seafood in Latin America are among the highlights.
Winter is arriving in the northern Hemisphere, so, what better time could there be to head off in search of some southern sun somewhere along Peru’s 1,500-mile Pacific coastline? Peru may be famous for its Andean heritage, everything from Inca ruins to cute alpacas, but this is also a country with more than its share of sandy strands and a rich maritime tradition, including the caballitos de totora (literally “little reed horses”), the small rafts that artisanal fisherman have been using to ride waves for millennia here, making Peru rival Hawaii as the place that gave birth to surfing.
Although Peru is entirely within the tropics, we should probably make clear that Peruvian beaches are not typically “tropical”, at least not in the Caribbean sense. The Pacific waters can sometimes be cold and the waves crashing — although it depends on the season and precise location — and the beaches can have an otherworldly, windswept feel to them. But above all, Peruvian beaches are the perfect place to unplug, get away from the crowds and enjoy some genuine tranquility, often in beautiful seafront gardens. The sun here is also as strong as anywhere, the freshly caught fish and seafood spectacular and the coastal landscapes possess a rare, often stark beauty, with Peru’s desert shoreline interspersed with verdant, fertile intra-Andean valleys, and the occasional pre-Inca archaeological site.
Highlights include the area around Mancora, a surfing mecca in northern Peru, where we can recommend either private villas that are as sumptuous as they are simple or a five-star beachfront hotel. South of Lima, there is also the nature reserve of Paracas, where a coastal desert reminiscent of the Sahara collides with a marine ecosystem teeming with life, including whales, sea lions, penguins and the many species of fish that they feed on. In Paracas, you can try your hand at kitesurfing, drive a beach buggy up steep dunes or take a private yacht to visit some of the local islands to see colonies of seabirds and lounging sea lions.
But there are many other options too, particularly in northern Peru. Peru’s numerous breaks also make it perfect for experienced surfers but also newbies interested in taking their first classes. A beach break is also a perfect addition to an Andean itinerary, and will give you a genuinely different perspective on Peru.
To visit any of these beaches or enjoy any of these activities as part of your unique, individually tailored Peru itinerary, contact the Peru Empire Company firstname.lastname@example.org or on +51-1-700-5100 or, if you are in the US, 347-713-7030/34.