Peru’s surf culture goes back centuries. Before the Polynesians were surfing alias in Hawaii, ancient artifacts show indigenous Peruvians riding waves in Huanchaco. Today, Peru draws wave worshippers from around the world to its 1,500mi (2,414km) coastline, and there are waves for all levels along the shores.
The best swells hit October to March, and except for up north, it’s wetsuit water. Here are some of the top surfing spots in Peru.
Chicama (also know as Puerto Malabrigo) is home to
Just south is Huanchaco, Peru’s birthplace of surfing. Two
Walk the pier, then stop for seafood at
The north coast’s resident surf and party town, Mancora, is often likened to Tamarindo in Costa Rica. With easy waves, warm water
Forty-five minutes north is the laid-back Zorritos, a
South of Mancora
Then comes Lobitos, possibly the best surf spot in Peru.
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Not to be left out is Peru’s lovable capital city. Beginners can rent boards at Playa Waikiki and paddle out at Punta Roquitas by the Miraflores Boardwalk or head La Herradura in Chorillos, a pumping left-hander that’s the pride of city dwellers.
Just south of Lima is Playa Hermosa, home to quality rights at Punta Rocas and the famed Pico Alto, an
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