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See a map of Lima beaches below. On the left: El Silencio beach.

By Dyana Gonzales

The beaches south of Lima are among the most popular summer vacation spots for anyone looking for relaxation and recreation. The following ten beaches provide everything from crystalline waters, world-class surfing waves, scores of cevicherias, vibrant nightlife and noteworthy sunsets.

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You won’t find foreign tourists at Pozo de Lizas in Peru’s southern region of Moquegua. But Pozo de Lizas boasts a long sandy stretch, no rocks and great waves. (Photo by Pierro Sánchez Torres)  See slide show: Beaches and port charm in Ilo

By Nathan Paluck

Along Peru’s 1,900 miles of Pacific coast, the spotlight centers on the beaches of the far north and just south of Lima. Luxury bungalows of Máncora, the surf haven of Chicama, and the Lima summer getaways like Punta Hermosa are the beach kings.

Travelers looking to discover off-the-beat treasures, however, should look farther south to the regions of Arequipa and Moquegua.

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Members of the Ballumbrosio family perform zapoteo, a tap dance, from their living room in El Carmen, Peru. (All photos by Kate Bradley)

By Kate Bradley

Afternoon. The air is hazy with dust and the warm, slightly oppressive rays of the mid-spring Peruvian sun. The plaza is still and strangely quiet, its loud, cheerful colors in startling contrast to the silence. The only sound on the mostly-deserted dirt streets is the occasional shout or laughter from the impromptu football game nearby. We leave the hotel — the only such establishment in the tiny, earthquake-battered hamlet of El Carmen — and begin the three-block journey to the house of the world-famous masters of Afro-Peruvian music and dance: the Ballumbrosios.

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The stories differ about the origin of the Virgin de Yauca, a religious icon in Peru’s southern desert. (Photos by Pello Echevarria Sanz)

By Pello Uribe Echevarria
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On a sunny Sunday afternoon, my two Peruvian companions and I hopped on an old Canadian school bus from the fifties. Our destination: the procession in honour of the Virgin of Yauca, in the desert province in Ica, five hours southwest of Lima by bus.

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A natural oasis in Peru’s desert region in Ica. (All photos by Carsten Korch)  See more photos.

By Carsten Korch

Of the dreams I’ve had about real life experiences, now big wave surfing with my car has been fulfilled. Powering to the crest of a 120-foot dune at full throttle to avoid tumbling back, then balancing the car on the lip of a giant sandy wave to see the horizon – an ocean of other oversized waves of sand – this is where decisions are made.

Where do we head next? A GPS arrow is pointing the way and saying another 20 kilometers. Do we follow the arrow, or route around for an easier path? Is there an easier path?

I was with a professional off-road driver searching for natural oases in Peru’s southern desert.

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Expensive botique hotels and chic restaurants are one way of vacationing in the beaches of Máncora, Peru. But a traveler can also squeak by on one-dollar ceviches in markets and lodging for $10. Read more about the inexpensive side of Máncora.
Photo: Walter Hupiu/Promperu

By Luis Davelouis Langua, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Unlike what many think, a vacation to Máncora is not terrible expensive: Most basic services are cheap because labor is cheap. Like in many places, prices vary depending on quality and the type of customer it is directed to. That is why you can find hotels from 30 soles to $120 a night. (Those prices can doubl during high seasons.)

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In 2006, archaeologists in Peru found the 1,600-year-old remains of a warrior woman and leader in northern Peru. They call her la Señora de Cao, and she is now housed at El Brujo Archaeological Complex, where visitors can see the tattoos on her well preserved arms.

In this interview, Régulo Franco, head of the project at El Brujo, talks about the significance of the Lady of Cao’s discovery and how tourists can enjoy a visit to the ruins and museum.

El Brujo Archaeological Complex is the site of ruins, a museum and the mummy of a 1,600-year-old female leader.

By Milagros Vera Colens,
El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Why should we visit the El Brujo complex?

Régulo Franco: Because you will find a cultural sequence of 5,000 years, from preceramic times to the European occupation in the 16th century. We also have one of the main sanctuaries of the Moches, with reliefs of magical and religious images. And also because we have a museum — the Cao museum — which contains jewelry and relics found in these 20 years of management [of the El Brujo archaeological complex] and which has the mummy of a female ruler in an extraordinary state of preservation, along with her personal jewelry and clothing.

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By Gabriela Machuca, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Over eight days this June, nine riders rode Peruvian Paso horses from Lambayeque to La Libertad in the Second Bicentennial Cavalcade. This wasn’t the typical horse show of competition. The trip was about rediscovering the Paso horse as a traditional way to travel.

The beauty and elegance of the Peruvian Paso horse is much talked about (see related article), but people forget about another vital aspect of this noble animal: its great strength, which was used by riders getting from one city to another a long time ago. 

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