Peru, the South American country with dreamy landscapes and ruins that take you to another world is also a surfer’s paradise with impressive waves that incites you to bring out that surfing board.
When you think of Peru the first thing that comes to your mind is the Machu Picchu and other ruins that remain today of the Incan civilisation. Impressive as these ruins are, there is a whole world beyond it in the Peruvian geoscapes.
Rainforests and sacred shamans are equally part of the typical Peru narrative that exists in our minds, but Peru is also home to a large coastline and roaring waves that provide a suitable space to up your surfing game.
Since the first national competition was held over 50 years ago, there have been more than 30 such competitions during the years, fostering and strengthening the love for surfing. A few world champions of this water sport have been produced by the country. Legend has it that surfing goes way back in the country as well as the continent that it inhabits, with the discovery of some visual depictions of what looks to be surfing at those times. Those acquainted with the world of surfing would be aware that the largest left-hand point break in the world is in Máncora, in northern Peru’s coast. However, that is only one among the many spots to be visited for surfing. The Lima district, where the capital city by the same name is also located, holds the highest density of surfing spots. However, the other parts of the country are also filled with accessible point breaks, beach breaks, and different kinds of waves.
Where and when to go
While in India we are used to summer in the beginning of the year and winter towards the end of it, Peru experiences seasons on different times. The year in Peru begins with monsoon and towards the middle of the year, the country sees numerous visitors. From the month of June to September is when the Southern Hemisphere, where Peru is located, marks the winter season.
Some of the most recommended places for surfing in Peru are the region with kilometre-long waves, Chicama, where one is advised to visit during May to September for the best swell. The famous resort town of Máncora in the northern part of the country is another top choice for both surfers and other visitors, owing to its cool blue waters and a vibrant nightlife. Lobitos, a surfing getaway town that is quite close to Máncora, is another interesting place if you’re looking for a more quiet surfing time, and is also home to warmer waters. La Herradura is said to be the best point break in Lima and Punta Hermosa is a spot for surfers of all levels.
A small yet growing community of surfers are swearing by Peru as the must visit destination for those looking to chase roaring waves in the sea among unexplored beaches. Perhaps it might inspire others to visit.