Browsing: Peruvian beaches

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Buen Abrigo Hotel is part of a new wave of lodgings for surfers in Chicama.

By Maria Helena Tord, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Surfers in Peru are famous not only for their great deeds on the waves, but also for being big adventurers and travelers who, in search of the best pipes, find rough beaches ideal not only for surfing, but also for the quiet enjoyment of the sun and sea.

Chicama is one of the beaches that have become legendary among local and foreign surfers who, back in the seventies, made it an obligatory stop on any trip to the north.

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By Yadira Salazar

When does beach season end in Lima, Peru? Usually the end is Easter weekend in March or April. I’m not sure why, but the weather during following weekends is always unpredictable.

Staying in bungalows at Organos beach, Peru's quiet vacation spot.
Beach side pool at Órganos beach. (All photos by Yadira Salazar)

At least, this happens in Lima and on most of the coast, but not in Peru’s north, where sun always shines. It was already late March and I went north looking for beach and sunny days.

After a one-hour flight to Piura and three-hour drive, we arrived in Máncora, which was very quiet compared to the party town it usually is. The reason: low season has already started which means plenty of accommodation available, plus lower prices. It was nice there, but I wanted to try something new. So we went to Órganos, seven kilometers from Máncora, a 15-minute drive.

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By Yadira Salazar

Growing up in Lima, on the coast, made going to the beach part of my regular life. It’s sad that the beaches in Lima aren’t that good unless you drive 40 minutes south. So the idea of going up north to look for a nice beach within walking distance of my accommodation sounded appealing. and surf: Peru offers the beaches of Pacasmayo
A beach at Pacasmayo. (All photos by Yadira Salazar) click to enlarge

For most people, the best beaches are way up north in Máncora. I agree, but it’s a long drive, 16 hours. I had only the weekend and a long bus ride wasn’t my idea of fun. So I was open to new ideas.

I went to buy a bus ticket and it was right there where I made a decision. The destination would be: Pacasmayo, about 10 hours from Lima. Pacasmayo seemed to be what I was looking for: a laid back beach town, not crowded, but still lively and most importantly sunny, warm and with an endless beach. The only thing I knew for sure about it was that there’s a huge cement factory called Cementos Pacasmayo. I was thrilled of the idea of discovering somewhere new!

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By Marie Alvarez-Calderon

I write this on Good Friday, the last weekend of the Peruvian summer. Like so many other people, we are at the beach. Fortunately for us “Conchitas” is a small community and even on this busiest of all weekends the shoreline is almost empty.

The day is sunny and the view from our master bedroom patio is blue: cloudless baby blue sky, gentle Copan blue ocean and crystal clean pool, all blending together in a perfect continuum, and bound together by a gentle breeze. The sun has risen to my right and is warmly caressing my body as I prepare for the last days of three exquisite months at the beach. 

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By Marie Alvarez-Calderon

We hear a lot these days about global warming — and those of us who have seen its effects first hand can testify that, regardless of what or whom is to blame, something is indeed going on. A brief glance at the newspapers or Internet confirms that glaciers are melting. In Peru the Cordillera Blanca in the Andes is beginning to look a lot like the Cordillera Negra; torrential rains and flooding have caused loss of homes, crops, and serious damage to the Machu Picchu tourist trade.

We’ve even seen a few drops of rain on the coast. Heading down the Panamericana a couple of Fridays ago, police guided traffic through foot-deep water running off from what we were sure must be rain, but instead turned out to be a broken water main. But still, climate change is in the making and assigning or avoiding blame won’t do much to fix the problem. While the higher-ups debate the fate of the world, I’d like to suggest taking a different approach: Travel to Peru. beach in Lima, Peru
A beach just south of Lima, Peru.

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By Marisol Grau
El Comercio

Soaking up the rays in Colán, PeruBeside a semi-desolated sandy area rises Colan. For visitors who usually direct the first glance to its beaches, this small town where there are no monstrous concrete structures becomes a summer dream.

Under the sun or the palm tree, breathing the fresh sea breeze of the air in Piura, the north invites us to that relaxing break we can not find anywhere else in Peru.

We take this opportunity to show you more of what you can see and do in Colán, besides swimming in the sea.

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Living in Peru

Agustin Panizo Jansana – Somos

Phantom Paradise in PeruOil drilling operations in the small town of Lobitos began in the early 20th century with the establishment of Lobitos Oilfield Limited. The company quickly led to the drilling of 250 oil wells in the region.

This led to the development of an urban industrial compound made up of club houses, administrative buildings, a pier, housing developments, a church, a market, an oil treatment plant and the first cinema in South America.

It was in this place that a life of luxury could be found right in the middle of the desert, until that is, the government nationalized the camp and the army occupied the settlement. Years latter the government abandoned the facilities and Lobitos entered a downwards spiral towards total abandonment.

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SurfingList, Inc. and SurfingList Travel

Providing Surf trips to destinations such as Chicama, Peru

SurfingList Travel Opens For Full Service Surf Trips - PeruSurfingList Travel is a new addition to the SurfingList, Inc. family which also includes the website  SurfingList Travel has partnered with a large travel brokerage to offer least cost airfares for its surf travel clients as well as necessary ground transportation to destinations offered.  The partnership with the travel brokerage will also provide SurfingList Travel with the ability to offer access to travel agents for any issues en route to a final destination.  SurfingList Travel will be adding surfing destinations in 2009 in addition to selling all inclusive surf trips to Chicama, Peru.

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Destination Los Organos, Peru

At first, the long narrow desert strip that constitutes the Peruvian coast might strike the untrained eye as an inhospitable, harsh and forgotten destination where days seem to follow each other with stubborn inertia. Yet, despite this beguiling surliness, truth is that nothing can be as far removed from reality as these misconceptions. As in fact, the Peruvian coast boasts a great variety of unspoilt beaches, an extremely rich diversity of marine fauna, an inspiring past and living culture, and an amazing cuisine; all contained within the joyous, hospitable and contagious laid-back character of its inhabitants.

It is amongst these many hidden secrets that we come across Los Organos Beach, a small low-key gem of a destination, located on the northern border of Piura, and just a 15 minute drive away from popular surfing hub, Mancora Beach. Easy to reach, (from Lima a 1h45min flight to Tumbes plus a 1.5h drive, or an 18hrs overnight bus ride), here those who dare to break the lines of mainstream tourism and abandon themselves to the subtle rewards of experiencing a location from its core, will find out that no matter how long they stay, coming back for seconds is the norm.

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The Sea Of Lost Time


LIP-wb) There are two places in Peru where pleasure rubs shoulders with history: Colán and Cabo Blanco. The coastline that borders the desert department of Piura is a scenery of serene beauty.

Pure white sands, solitary beaches, a balmy sea, epic sunsets, fishermen about their tasks, local cooking based on seafood, and a sense of tranquility not to be found on beaches anywhere else on Earth: these are sufficient arguments to explain the fascination that those in the know feel for these shores, the only ones in Peru that enjoy a tropical climate.

What is more, Colán and Cabo Blanco are two spots in a region that hide a great deal of history.