lmost 3,000 km of coastline facing the Pacific Ocean, a blessing: source of unlimited natural resources, among them: the consistent and perfect waves of the Peruvian coast. Irregular and full of bays, sandy beaches, peninsulas, cliffs, and rocky places, the extensive coast of Peru holds among its richness the permanent pulse of the planet; the never ending pumping of the Pacific Ocean waves breaking day and night, enledlessly.
Living in Lima, the surferīs luck is unbeatable, we thank those who long before us were initiated in this sweet dance over the waves and made it come to us, showing us the path to happiness.
In fact, it is pretty easy to live happy in Lima with itīs Costa Verde full of popular waves daily ridden by hundreds of surfers beginners and experts. Almost 10 points with waves for every level, special mention for La Herradura, one of the most powerful lefts in the Peruvian coast, located in a surprisingly deserted bay in the Chorrillos district. In La Herradura you need to be apt and patient, reward is big.
Leaving Lima to the south, the Panamerican highway runs close and parallel to the beack, letting us see miles of sandy beaches full of beachbreaks. The most surfed ones are Conchan at both sides of the pier and San Pedro. To the end of the beach is Arica and its small wave points: a sandy bottom beachbreak and a rocky bottom beachbreak. It is always clever to give them a check if the swell is small.
A little bit further south, magic begins. Lefts and rights one after the other one, most of them for the average and advanced surfer. La Timba and its mythic peak, the right at Caballeros good with south swells and the right tide. Senoritas, its sister break, breaking in front; a solid left with various sections that can surprise you with a barrel "on the rocks". Looking southwest we can see the small from far but huge from close legendary wave of Pico Alto, always breaking over 4 meters of solid walls that run over everything in their way.
Going south, Punta Hermosa has its things. Playa Norte and its beach break crowded with local boys. El Paso, Punta Hermosa's jewel. A solid peak mainly rights breaking from overhead and up, fast and tubular. Watch out, don't get caught inside. Then La Isla and its classic right break, Kon Tiki with always unridden big waves and Punta Rocas, a consistent big wave point and host of a yearly international contest.
More beach breaks to the south with Explosibles leading the show with its explosive tubes. Then the privileged area of San Bartolo and its premium breaks from north to south: Santa Rosa, El Huayco, Pena Rosa, Penascal and the San Bartolo piers. The best ones are Penascal, known for its fierce and solidity and Santa Rosa for its aggressive tube. Pena Rosa usually offers a northy feeling for those who know its secrets. El Huayco is the most consistent break of the area and a very visited spot. Continuing south, the points are more separated from each other, there we have Puerto Viejo and la Ensenada, Bujama, the Asia beach breaks and other secret spots in the area. Further south, we find some solid lefts such as 116, Puerto Fiel and La Playita all of them pretty crowded during summer time. The southest one is Cerro Azul and its classic left.
Many more points and waves to the south and many more hidden breaks. Living in lima is sweet as well as surfing in Lima; it's just about being at the right place at the right time..with the right swell and the right tide.