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In the North coast of Peru, where the sun shines all the year and the waters are as warm as a caress, there is an extensive seductive chain of beaches. Some are of fine sand and calm surf, others of gray shores and enormous water crests; some are very concurred, with first class hotels and the restlessness of cosmopolitan beach resorts; others, however, stay isolated, away from tourism, simply virgin.

All have a particular enchantment that captivates those who look for adventures in the waves or calm days of rest in a Pacific paradise; in short, beaches for all tastes that will make reality your dreams of summer and your yearnings of : winter

From North to the South by the Coast of the Pacific, from Tumbes down to La Libertad, going through Piura and Lambayeque, to enjoy some the most emblematic beaches of Peru.
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TUMBES

Puerto Pizarro, is the departure point to visit the Santuario Nacional Manglares de Tumbes Mangroves National Sanctuary, the only protected natural area of the country with groves of Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans), White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) and Button Mangrove (Conocarpus erectus). In its 2972 hectares, the Sanctuary lodges species as the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), in danger of extinction, in addition to birds like the Magnificent Frigate Bird (Fregata magnificens), mammals like the Crab Eating Racoon (Procyon cancrivorus) and a diversity of crustaceans (34), sea shells (24) and fish (105). Known in the past like "La Palizada or Wood Fence", the Port received its present denomination in 1909, in memory of the Conqueror Francisco Pizarro, who entered Peru here in 1532.
It is located at 15 kilometres from the City of Tumbes (Capital of the Region by the same name). Formerly, the settlers of the port supplied potable water to the foreign whaling ships; today, they take care of and they invite you to board their boats, to the travellers who arrive at their artisan fishing wharf, in order to embark and to sail towards the near islands:
  • Isla del Amor, Island of the Love, calm, solitary and surrounded by exuberant mangroves, is a romantic scene that it attracts many couples. It is located facing Puerto Pizarro Port, but the visitors disembark in the sector that "faces" the horizon, to observe the majesty of the Pacific.
  • Isla de Los Pájaros, Island of the Birds, impresses by its abundance of flora and fauna. It is recommended to visit it in the first hours of the day or at dusk, when the pelicans, the so called tijeretas, the different ducks and herons, fill the sky around the island with their cries and wings offering a magnificent spectacle.
  • Isla Hueso de Ballena, Island Bone of Whale, more than an island is a barrier formed by the sediment deposited by the Tumbes River. Its name would be related to its form and its resemblance to the back bone of the enormous aquatic mammal; although it is also said that it is called that way because every 4 or 5 years, a unit of this cetacean dies in the place
Zorritos, is a pleasant fishermen's' cove which seduces by the beauty of its beach of warm waters (26° C) and its continuous wave surge, and by the placidness of its fine white sand.
To feel the caress of the waves, to give in to the solace of its shore, to walk without haste by the animated board walk or to taste gastronomical delights with black shells, lobsters, prawns, crabs and a great variety of fish, are reasons more than sufficient to assure unforgettable days in the Tumbes Pacific.
Zorritos in one of the favourite hang outs of the local population and offers the comforts and services necessary to have a very good time.
It is located at kilometre 1240 of the Panamericana Norte Panamericana Northern High Way (30 minutes in car from Tumbes).

Cancas, smooth sand and clear waters in an attractive beach in a horseshoe bay, cause for a prolonged encounter with the waves, the practice of fun amused aquatic sports and evocative long walks by the shore.
This idyllic coastal zone counts with basic services, like telephone, first aid post, market, and pharmacies.
It is located at kilometre 1197 of the Panamericana Norte Panamericana Northern High Way (one hour in car from Tumbes).

Punta Sal, seducing and sunny corner of the Tumbes Region, where the smooth rumour of the marine breeze refreshes the days, while the birds flutter around in the limpid sky, the crabs run around in the sand and the dolphins and sea lions frolic carefree in the ocean, an ocean apparently without end. Accustomed to the daily spectacle, the burnished local men put to sea when the day wakes up, to fill their nets with fish and seafood. When returning they supply their trophies" in the furthermost part of the beach, waking up the avidity of gulls, pelicans and other birds that wait for some negligence, to steal some unexpected mouthful.
The men of sea build their own rafts, to furrow that prodigious sea that offers splendid swordfish, anchovies, groupers, the so called róbalo, sword fish, eels, among other species that after being captured, are the staple of the delights of the local gastronomy.
Daily details of Punta Sal, an extensive calm and warm water beach (24° centigrade), perfect for the practice of aquatic sports like windsurf, kite surf, deep-sea fishing and diving, among other activities. Considered by many like the best beach of Peru, this paradise of waves and sand maintain its resort aspect hidden and leaving other people to the bustle and the frenzy of the great tourist destinations. Here the calmness, the quiet, the true rest is lived, in comfortable hotels and bungalow, pretty, discreet, really pleasing.
It is located at kilometre 1187 of the Panamericana Norte North Panamericana High Way (an hour and ten minutes from Tumbes).


PIURA

Máncora, until the decade of the 80' of the last century, was a bucolic and almost forgotten fishermen's' cove, with a handful of houses of fishermen, a wharf almost lost to the sea and a most modest hotel that used to lodge passing travellers and groups of anxious Lima surfers that, with precursory spirit, left the city for "running" those magnificent and novel waves of the Northern coast. Time passed and the rumours over a point of world-wide category, the commentaries about an idyllic beach far removed, more than perfect in the coast of the Piura Region, grew as the tide and, little by little, the small villa of fishermen turned into a colourful beach, a refuge of the lovers of the sun, good waves and the exquisite food.
Máncora offers its visitors unforgettable sandy beaches and an imposing sun that does not know what the word winter means. Tranquillity, relaxation and fun: To swim in the ocean or the calm waters of a swimming pool, to surf, to perhaps dive or to fish, also to horse back ride on the damp beach, or, simply, to dream in a hammock that goes and comes, as if it wanted to imitate the rhythm of the waves.
Although this beach paradise counts on a varied and comfortable tourist infrastructure - as much in its urban nucleus as in the exclusive zone of the Pocitas -, it still conserves that sleepy aspect that fascinated the pioneering surfers that travelled hundreds of kilometres to put their skill to the test, in some of the best waves of the Peruvian North. In the sea of Mancora waves form the type called reef break, lefts, long and formed, that reach up to two metres. The current varies according to the force of the surge and the temperature of waters fluctuates between 24° and 28° centigrade.
On a par of its waves, Máncora is famous for its sea food flavours. The local gastronomy is nourished by the best fish and seafood, to "honour" the visitors with forceful ceviches, jellies, parihuelas, among other delights like the memorable lobster in seafood sauce, the large oysters in garlic and a great variety of dishes with prawns and black shells.
The season of December to March (Summer) is the most favourable to take a plunge into the warm waters of the District of Mancora (Province of Talara), located at the kilometre 1164 of the Panamericana Norte Panamericana Northern High Way (At three hours from Piura, the Regional Capital).
  • Las Pocitas, beach of white sands, clear waters and capricious natural reefs that form Pocitas or Small Ponds. Counts on an impressive tourist development and its hotels are of first category. Also there are bungalows and ostentatious private homes. It is an ideal place to become one with the sea and the tranquillity.
    It is located at two kilometres from the centre of Mancora, on the old Panamericana Northern High Way.
Vichayito, a sea of warm waters, white sand, sun all the year and very quiet and calm. Those are the letters of presentation of a wide and very long beach that extends - calm and pleasant- from the Pocitas in Máncora to Punta Veleros, in the District of Los Organos.
On the beach is manifest the marine fauna in multiple forms, you will be able to observe crabs hidden in the rocks, small shells burrowing in the sand, a diversity of birds that dominate to the sky, dolphins playing in the waves and, in the month of November, the passage of whales coming back from the equatorial waters.
In Vichayito the strong winds of April to November inspire the fans of kite surf, while the "bajos" invite to explore the depths and the sun downs are a perfect excuse for a horse back ride.
In order to visit the zone it is necessary to arrive at kilometre 1155 of the Panamericana Norte Panamericana Northern High Way, where a road begins. This seems to become blurred between dunes in which the vichayito stands out, a shrub of ligneous trunk that defies the roughness of the coastal desert and also gives its name to this pretty beach.
Vichayito belongs to the District of Los Organos (Province of Talara) and counts on an efficient and comfortable hotel supply. Unlike Máncora, in this beach an urban nucleus does not exist, only places of lodgings, perfect for to relax and rest.

Los Organos, is one of the favourite beaches of the surfers. Their waves are excellent and reach their fullness between October and March, being favourite points the ones known locally like: Los Organos, Casablanca, the Codito and Organitos.
The waves are the type reef break, left, tubular formed good and reach up to two meters of height. Also, the temperature average of the water fluctuates between 24° and 28° centigrade.
That is not everything, the fans of sport fishing, whether from the shore or deep sea fishing, will be able to show their skill in waters of Los Organos and to leave to search for splendid marlins, swordfish and eels. Its name comes from the sound that the wind produces (similar to the one of an old organ made of tubes) when striking the cliff called El Encanto, located in the nearby cove of El Ńuro. But this natural formation is also is feared by the villagers. They assure that "she enchants her visitors" and more than a boat she sank in this neighbourhoods.
The District of Los Organos (Province of Talara) is an excellent option of relaxation and fun. It counts on several simple but cosy hotels, in addition, in the beach of Punta Veleros - in the coast of the urban centre there is a likeable condominium with beautiful bungalows and houses to rent. And if you are a lover of good food, do not lose the opportunity to taste the delicious marine dishes, like ceviche, parihuela and the jalea, prepared with fine fish and seafood that will delight your taste buds.
it is located at the kilometre 1150 of the Panamericana Norte the Northern Panamericana High Way (two hours with 45 minutes from Piura).

Cabo Blanco, in this corner of the Peruvian coast, the American writer Ernest Hemingway, winner of the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1954, put out to a splendid sea to fish black marlins. Perhaps the great novelist knew, like many fishermen of the planet, that several extracted units of the Northern coast, have marked world-wide records in this activity of baits and hooks.
But that is not everything, in Cabo Blanco you can find a Panic Point, reserved only for the most experienced surfers, those than they are able to face a tubular wave, left perfect, big very, very big, strong and dangerous, that runs with the South surge between April and November.
For all these and other reasons - we have already mentioned that many villagers affirm that Hemingway found in the Northern waves, the inspiration that would take him to write the Old Man and the Sea - this coastal town is a tempting alternative for those who enjoy fishing, furious waves and, also, for the lovers of literature.
The abundance of marine life in the sea of Cabo Blanco must be due to the warmth of its waters (its temperature fluctuates between 24° and 28° centigrade). And although some changes in the currents have made the marlin less common, in its seas magnificent specimens are still captured. In spite of its great attractiveness, the tourist infrastructure of Cabo Blanco is quite modest. There is only a pair of lodgings and restaurants.
It is located at 30 kilometres from the City of Talara. In order to visit it, it is necessary to follow a take off of 7 kilometres that begins in the Town of the El Alto (kilometre 1137 of the Panamericana Norte Panamericana Northern High Way).

Lobitos, by its powerful waves reef break, long left and with regular tubes, this beach has in the last years been revealed like a bastion of surf. Due to the sea current of Humboldt, their waters are cold the year throughout. In order to surf with tranquillity it is recommended to use a wetsuit.
In order to visit Lobitos it is necessary to take a detour at the kilometre 1104 of the Panamericana Norte Panamericana Northern High Way. Also it is acceded from Talara (capital of the Province of the same name), a crude oil producing city that counts with all the services.

Norura, is perhaps, one of last virgin beaches of Peru. Its splendid coastal geography, with ample bays that seem to hang off the sand dunes and a sea painted intensely blue so that it seems to hypnotise with the rolling of its waves; then, the traveller feels that everything is perfect and is touched, and smiles. He is happy.
Due to strong winds, the waves of Nonura are of the type reef break, long and tubular left. They reach 3 metres of height and are perfect for the experienced surfers. By its abundant marine fauna, the fishing and diving are very recommendable activities in Nonura, a coastal area that is characterised by its excellent tropical and dry climate, with average temperatures (maximum and minimum) of 35.2° and 16° centigrade respectively. From November to March light rains may appear.
In order to visit it take a detour that starts by the kilometre 886 of the Panamericana Norte Panamericana Northern High Way. A four wheel drive vehicle is required for the last part and also a permit from the state oil company Petroperú. The proceedings are routine and in the Piura or Lima offices it is obtained easily. In Nonura there are no services. So take your precautions.


LAMBAYEQUE

Santa Rosa, on her shores the pre Hispanic God Naylamp is supposed to have landed, to bring the seeds of civilization to the Peruvian North. For that reason, a legendary aura covers all the corners of this fishermen's' cove of with its splendid sun sets and intense blue sea. The landscape is complemented with the silhouettes of the boat that furrow the calm sea or rest on the shore, while the fishermen repair their nets or fix their boats, creating a tableau vivant that attracts and seduces the photographers. To the South of Santa Rosa, in the so called El Farol zone, the surfers come together to run the same waves that brought Naylamp and his its divine court here.
It is located at 15 minutes from Chiclayo, the Capital of the Lambayeque Region.


LA LIBERTAD

Pacasmayo, was one of the main ports of the Peruvian coast in the XIXth Century. Its extensive wharf, constructed in 1875, was the embarkation point of great amounts of tobacco. Later, in the heat of the War of the Pacific (1879-1883), the port was on the verge of being destroyed, but a rich landowner bribed the head of the invading Chilean troops, avoiding the combat operation. Nevertheless, in 1930 the nature was shown to be incorruptible and devastating. Tragedy visited Pacasmayo. Today, once the powerful port, becomes, by its attractive architecture, the beautiful beach that runs parallel to a colourful embankment, a light house that still ignites its helping oceanic light and a rosary of restaurants with aroma and flavour of the sea, pacific, fresh, appetising. The calm and shallow sea of Pacasmayo is perfect for the practice of surfing. Its waves (of 1 to the 3,5 metres of height) are of the type point break, left, release well and formed, with tubular sections. Of strong current, its waters present a centigrade temperature average of 19°. Of tempered and pleasant climate throughout the year, Pacasmayo (Province of San Pedro de Lloc) is located at the height of kilometre 667 of the Panamericana Norte Panamericana Northern High Way.

Chicama, also well-known as Malabrigo, on its beaches forms the longest left wave of the world, that almost reaches kilometre in tube form and, sometimes, it reaches 3 metres of height, being an authentic challenge for the experienced surfers. The most known beaches are the La Punta, El Point and El Brujo, so named after the healers and shamans that live there.
Its waves are of the type point-break, left, tubular, of four sections. Its height is of 2 metres. In general, the zone presents headwind (off Shore), being the undulations of the South and the West the most indicated to surf.
Of strong currents, the temperature of its waters, regularly cold, fluctuate between 17.7° and 22.1° centigrade.
History tells us that the Port of Malabrigo, in Colonial times, was the landing point of the slaves originating from Africa. They arrived to be worked in the coastal properties of Peru. Also it was the final station of the train that transported sugar cane from the factories of Casagrande.
It is located at the height of kilometre 614 of the Panamericana Norte Panamericana Northern High Way. From this point it is necessary to take a detour of more than 15 kilometres.

Huanchaco, every morning dozens of fishermen of sallow skin, dark faces burnt by the sun, "ride" their Caballitos de Totora (Small Totora Reed Horses) in the waves of the Pacific. Skilled and fearless they put to sea re living or maintaining a tradition that at the same time goes back, way back, before the Incas and their father the Sun, long before Pizarro and his all-powerful God. The so called calls Totora ponies are as old as the great Northern civilizations. Their streamlined figure (similar to a kayak but with a raised prow) appears in the iconography of the pre Hispanic cultures and, according to the legend and myths, the Gods and their courts arrived at the Northern Coast in these boats, boats? or rafts?, good, we will call them embarkations. Thin and narrow, the ponies "are woven" with totora (a reed that grows in the Andean lakes and lagoons). Its rider (navigator) usually goes squatting or kneeling in the centre of the ship and, sometimes, with the legs overboard (think about a jockey on his horse). They impel themselves with a Guayaquil cane oar and they face the waves as absolute masters.
When returning from their day in the Pacific, the rider-fishermen return with their filled nets. Its marine harvest is usually prodigal and its fruits are sold on the beach itself or in the nearby markets. Soon, the Caballitos are put to dry under the Northern sun. When this happens and the climatic conditions allow it, they return to waters, repeating the cycle, perpetuating the tradition.
But beyond its mythical boats, Huanchaco appears like a charming beach, with a pretty wharf, a sunny boardwalk and a varied tourist infrastructure. It is the favourite beach of the population of Trujillo (the Regional Capital) and, also, a point of contact for the surfers.
Of usually cold waters (centigrade temperatures of 17.7° to 22.1°), it presents constant left waves, with several tips in different sections. Its height reaches two metres and the currents are variable. It is located at the height of kilometre 560 of the Panamericana Norte Panamericana Northern High Way (at 10 kilometres from the City of Trujillo), very close to the archaeological complex of Chan Chan, the largest Adobe mud bricks city of antiquity and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity.


 
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