Peru's Northern Beaches
Excellent weather, perfect beaches, magical sunsets… and now some great places to stay
The Pacific coast of northern Peru was discovered by surfers, backpackers and the Peruvian elite years ago, but it has barely featured on the radar of more upmarket international visitors… until now. Blessed with an excellent climate – more than 300 days of sun per year – this is the perfect place to kick back, relax and chill out for a few days after a busy Andean itinerary.
The small fishing town of Máncora is where it all kicked off. It is now becoming one of the coolest beach and surf destinations in South America, yet it is still a beautiful, laid-back spot that is only just beginning to develop. With a population of just 10,000, the town itself has a number of excellent restaurants and an extremely vibrant nightlife scene, which truly explodes during the hot summer months of December-March.
The town and its neighbouring beaches are gradually evolving into the most attractive beach destination for visitors from all corners of the planet. The more ‘upmarket’ beach, where numerous swanky private villas now line the shore, is Las Pocitas – about 10 minutes’ drive to the south of the town. But the sandy shores stretch for miles in both directions and other small communities like Zorritos, Vichayito and Los Organos are gearing up to join the party.
Apart from relaxing in the sun by the pool or on the beach and enjoying the local fresh seafood, there are a number of other activities available, including horse riding on the beach, surfing, windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
It is not all just sand, sea, surf and good living, though. Nature lovers will also be amazed at the whale-watching experience during the main migration season of the humpback during the cooler months of July-October. Sometimes it is possible to see them passing by from the shore, but much better is to go out in a boat. Dolphins can usually also be seen on these trips.
A very different nature experience is available at Los Manglares de Tumbes: an incredible 3,000-hectare forest swamp which has restricted access to the public. However, we can arrange a knowledgeable English-speaking guide to take interested guests to see this protected sanctuary.
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