Bodyboarders, surfers, and wave enthusiasts should mark Peru as their next surfing destination because Peru has it all: a surf-friendly atmosphere, spectacular views, and superb beaches. As a surfing destination, Peru is often under the radar (probably because most people equate it with Inca trails or the Amazon), but Peru’s coastline is longer than the U.S. west coast.
Whether you’re looking for small rollers, wave monsters, or anything in between – Peru has it. If you’re thinking about visiting the South American soil in search for some waves, these are some of the best surfing spots you should check out when in Peru.
North Coast Surfing Spots
If you’re visiting the north, be sure to check out Mancora, the north’s resident party and surf town. Endless nightlife, warm water, and easy waves have many travelers getting stuck right here. About 45 minutes north of Mancora is Zorritos, where you can stay in a great surf hostel right there on the beach. And if you’re after the real thing, you should head south of Mancora to towns like Los Organos, El Ñuro, and Cabo Blanco. Cabo Blanco is a town famous for Hemingway’s visits, and it is home to a powerful left-hand reef break – the Peruvian Pipeline.
Probably the best surf spot in northern Peru is Lobitos – a combination of multiple peaks, few crowds, and offshore winds. There are always waves to ride, from perfect lefts at Baterias, Piscinas, and Mueller to heavy barrels at the Point and El Hueco.
Chicama is also a must-visit for surfers as it’s considered to be the longest left in the world, but it’s mostly made of several sections that you can ride on along the wave. Chicama is situated about 20 miles north of Trujillo and is sunny throughout the whole year. However, the waters get cold in the winter, so be sure to bring a wetsuit.
Surfing in the South
In the south of Peru, a thick fog hangs over the area for most of the year. It only clears up during the hot and sunny summer, but you’re going to need a wetsuit because the water is a bit cold.
The best point break in Lima is La Herradura, located in the Chorrillos neighborhood. It is located away from the main tourist areas, so it’s not the most accessible location, but you can make it there with a taxi or bus. Also, bring your own board because there are no places to rent one.
Next, there’s the Punta Roquitas wave in Miraflores, which is the spot for you if you’re staying in the Barranco or Miraflores areas in Lima. You can rent a board on the beach and have fun if you can catch the wave on a good swell.
If you’re after those monster waves, Pico Alto has some of the biggest waves in South America (up to 20 feet / 6 meters) that attracts the best wave riders from around the world. Mind the fact that it only works when the swell is big, and it is quite a paddle-out to get out to the lineup (most surfers are towed out on a jet ski or go out on boats). Therefore, Pico Alto is only for expert surfers.
For surfers who are out there trying to score some great surf time, Peru is one of the best places in the world to visit. There are year-round swells and thousands of miles of coastline where you can find some great empty lineups.
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