Just Head North: Coastal Beauty and Adventure Abound

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Northern Peru’s beaches are synonymous with relaxation, delicious dishes, hot sand, good waves, and eternal sunshine. And just recently, those in the North have come to embrace the boom of eco-tourism. The possibilities are endless, but here are some of the highlights.

Sea turtles

If you head North, take advantage of the rare opportunity to swim with the gigantic green turtles that live around the jetties of Los Organos and El Ñuro, which are protected by initiatives aiming to reduce the threat of extinction. Be aware though, that there’s an important rule to not touch them.

Sailing adventures

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Associations dedicated to research and conservation offer a different way to get to know the beaches and their wealth. Even from unexpected places such as old oil platforms, nature takes over. You’ll see how these industrial structures, after abandoned, become like artificial reefs. You’ll even see seabirds such as blue-footed boobies and tijeretas, and seals resting on the steel structures. You can even sail between Cabo Blanco, Los Organos and El Ñuro, while throwing a baited line over the side of the boat, and then preparing our own cebiche on board. Those who are lucky will see groups of dolphins accompanying the boats.

Whale watching

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Between July and October off the coasts of Mancora and Punta Sal (Piura and Tumbes), visitors will be witness to the spectacular experience of whale watching. Getting close to these tranquil animals, which weigh several tons, can be an unforgettable experience.

Diving

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Diving in Los Organos bay brings us into close contact with the richness of the northern Peruvian sea, because of the convergence of the cold Peruvian or Humboldt Current and the warm El Niño Current.

Natural mangrove forests

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Further north is the Los Manglares de Tumbes National Sanctuary. This natural mangrove swamp is one of the planet’s most productive ecosystems, based on the mangrove, a type of twisted tree grows between the sea and the rivers in tropical zones. This protected area of natural wealth, flora and fauna contain endemic species such as the American crocodile, currently threatened with extinction, which can be seen during our adventure in canoe or kayak.

Natural parks with tropical forests and dry forests

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The Cerros de Amotape National Park, created to protect the ecosystems of the equatorial dry forest and Pacific tropical forest, lies to the east. This protected area is the best-preserved example of equatorial dry forest in the whole Pacific Region. It forms an oasis for life on the Peruvian coast, extending as far as the foothills of the Amotapes massif. It is crossed by the River Tumbes, the only navigable river in Peru where we can enjoy its unique flora and fauna.

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Diego Oliver is a Peruvian writer and author whose work can be found in the travel magazine Ultimate Journeys. He loves to focus on Peruvian culture both modern and classic, traveling the country, as well as social responsibility.