Summer in Peru gives the opportunity for millions of tourist to escape the cold winters in their home countries. The summer months in Peru are officially between the months of December and March, and with temperatures averaging around the 30°C’s, it is the time when people flock to many of the beaches on the coast of Peru. Whether you want to work on your tan or just enjoy some ice cold Peruvian Pisco Sour cocktails looking out over the beautiful sea views and watching the fantastic sunsets, or if you are into surfing then Peru’s coastline offers some of the biggest and best waves in the world; so whatever you are in to, Peru is the place to travel to.
Notably Peru’s most popular beach is in a small town called Punta Sal, which is located in the North of Peru near to the border of Ecuador. It is a 2 hour flight from Lima to Piura, which is the nearest airport to Punta Sal. This is definitely the place to visit for all beach lovers and here you can do activities such as surfing big waves, wind surfing, scuba diving, horse riding on the beach, walking around the mangrove swamps, deep sea fishing and much more. During the summer months you are always guaranteed a copious amount of sunshine to get that golden tan you always dream of.
Around half an hour’s drive from Punta Sal is another top Peruvian beach full of soft white sands, called Mancora. Mancora started off as a small fishing town with just a few hotels and has now become one of the world’s top surfing destinations. Now there are many beach hotels and some low-budget hostels to cater for all kinds of tourists. The night scene has as much adrenalin running through it as the big wave riding day scene and is full of lively bars, discos and a wide variety of restaurants offering some of the best seafood in the world. Many tourists use Mancora as a relaxing trip after they have travelled to Machu Picchu and hiked the fantastic Inca Trail.
Other great beaches in the North that are worth visiting if you have time are Pimental and Santa Rosa, which are very close to the main towns of Chiclayo and Huanchaco. If you are in the area of Chiclayo (Peru’s 4th largest city) then you should visit the Tucume Archaeological site where there are over 20 adobe pyramids and also the Northern Wari Ruins, which are the remains of an entire prehistoric city from the Wari (Huari) culture and is a very important part of Peruvian history.
Peru’s capital, Lima, also offers you a number of lovely beaches. The main ones can be found in the districts of Miraflores, Barranco and Chorrillos. Some summer activities include surfing, paragliding along the cliffs of Malecon in Miraflores or even just eating in one of the many delightful restaurants. Visiting Lima is best in the summer months, as during the winter months the weather can be very grey and humid, and there is also a fog covering the coastline called La Gurau.
To the south of Lima along the famous Pan-American freeway are plenty of other beaches, which tend to draw in a younger crowd, as the nightlife in these areas are particularly lively. The most popular places are Caballeros, Señoritas and El Silencio, which are very close to each other.
So if you are looking for the great escape from the northern hemisphere winter, then Peru offers you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sun and put the smile back on your face.