Immerse yourself in places of great beauty, whose personality is determined by a wild and rugged geology. The longest coastline of any of Peru’s coastal departments has some geographical peculiarities that make it unique. The mountains plunge into the sea, creating a number of geographical features and places of great natural beauty. Tour operators offer novel experiences among Arequipa’s hills, dunes, deserts, valleys, mountains, and ocean.
Beaches, ruins, mountain biking, comfortable living
During moonless nights on Jihuay Beach, you’ll see is a riot of stars and constellations. The sea is wild and cold, and breaks onto a beach hemmed-in by rocks, mountains, and ancient Inca terraces. The hills are full of tombs and human bones, showing that it was once inhabited by a much larger population. The hills in this area are ideal for walking and mountain biking. You’ll find many paths that vary in length and difficulty.
Puerto Inca is just a few kilometres from Jihuay, and is where fish were once caught for the ancient imperial ruler’s table. This beach also possesses unbeatable geographical characteristics that are ideal for people who are looking to balance their adventures with comfort and relaxation. In Puerto Inca, you will find comfortable lodges that offer swimming pools, hammocks, barbecues, and nighttime bonfires.
Wildlife and vast paleontological zones
Further south, the Lagunas de Mejia National Sanctuary is one of the largest areas of coastal wetlands in Peru. This should be a destination of great interest to wildlife lovers, especially for bird watchers. It is an important resting place for migratory birds, and therefore has been included on the list of world Ramsar sites.