Best Surfing in Peru

Best Surfing in Peru

Pico Alto

Before I get to the best surfing in Peru, let’s learn a little more about this South American country.  Peru is located on the West side of South America, it borders five South American countries, starting from North to South, they are: Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.  Peru’s western and northern coastlines are touched by the Pacific Ocean.

The capital of Peru is Lima and its official languages are Spanish, Quechua and Aymara.  Peru declared its independence from Spain in 1821.  According to Worldometers.com, Peru is ranked 42nd in the World in population, with a population of nearly 32,000,000.  According to Statisticstimes.com, Peru is ranked 49th in the World in gross domestic product (GDP), which is one of the indicators of the health of a country’s economy.

It is estimated that 13% of the Amazon rainforest is located in Peru.  The famous Incan citadel, Machu Picchu is located high in the Andes mountains of Peru.  Now that we know a little about this South American country, let delve into the best surfing in Peru.  Here is a list of some surf spots that offer the best surfing in Peru: El Hueco, Cabo Blanco, Organos, Mancora, Centinela, Huanchaco, Chicama, Pacasmayo and Pico Alto.

El Hueco

El Hueco is a reef break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  El Hueco is located on the northern coast of Peru.  El Hueco is located south west of the Lobitos surf spot.  El Hueco is located in the Lobitos District of Peru, it is approximately 689 miles north of the capital city of Lima.

Cabo Blanco

Cabo Blanco is a reef break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Cabo Blanco is located on the northern coast of Peru.  Cabo Blanco is northwest of El Alto district of Peru, it is approximately 708 miles north of the capital city of Lima.

Organos

Best Surfing in PeruOrganos is a reef break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Organos is located on the northern coast of Peru.  Organos is north of the Mancora district of Peru, it is approximately 717 miles north of the capital city of Lima.

Mancora

Mancora is a reef break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for surfers of all skill levels.  Mancora is located on the northern coast of Peru.  Mancora is located in the Mancora district of Peru and this surf break is north of Organos.

Centinela

Centinela is a point break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  This surf spot is located in Playa Centinela.  Centinela is located in the Huaura District of Peru, it is also located on the western coast.  Centinela is approximately 93 miles north of the capital city of Lima.

Huanchaco

Huanchaco is a point break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for surfers of all skill levels.  Huanchaco is located in Playa Huancarute on the western coast of Peru.  Playa Huancarute is approximately 352 miles north of the capital city of Lima.  Playa Huancarute is approximately 3.5 miles west of Captain FAP Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport.

Chicama

Chicama is a point break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Chicama is on the northern coast of Peru.  Chicama is south of the Chicama Surf Hotel and Spa, and is less than a mile away from this hotel.

Pacasmayo

Best Surfing in Peru

Machu Picchu

Pacasmayo is a reef break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Pacasmayo in on the northern coast of Peru.  Pacasmayo is south of Playa el Faro, and is approximately a 7 minute walk away.  Pascasmayo is less than a mile away from the nearest airport, Aeropuerto de Pacasmayo.

Pico Alto

Pico Alto is a reef break with a wave that breaks left and right, this surf spots is said to have the largest wave in South America and is definitely for the pro to very experienced surfer.  Pico Alto is located in Playa Norte.  Playa Norte is located in the Punta Hermosa district of Peru, and is approximately 33 miles north of the capital city of Lima.

In Conclusion

Peru is located on the western side of South America and bordered by five countries.  Peru contains a portion of the Amazon rainforest and is also where the famous Incan citadel, Machu Picchu, is located.  Peru northern and western coastlines are touched by the Pacific Ocean.  These surf spots: El Hueco, Cabo Blanco, Organos, Mancora, Centinela, Huanchaco, Chicama, Pacasmayo and Pico Alto, offer some of the best surfing in Peru.

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4 thoughts on “Best Surfing in Peru

  1. Hello Stuart!

    Thanks for the great post.

    Peru sounds amazing! I’m looking into an active vacation in South America and Peru sounds like great. I was wondering if surfing in Peru would be ok for total newbies? Are there affordable surfing schools? I guess we can rent the equipment on arrival, right?
    Would you recommend booking in advance or once we get there? I find that sometimes it’s cheaper when you book it on arrival.
    Thanks a lot!
    Cheers 🙂

    • Hi MA, Most places that have surf spots have surf schools and surf schools should provide you with a surfboard. Check you my post “Surfing Lesson on Oahu,” even though the articles is specifically about the Island of Oahu, the suggestion in the post can be used for any location. I would think there are surf spots for beginners and there are affordable surfing schools. Do not rent equipment, your surf school should provide you with a surfboard and find you a place for beginning surfers. I don’t think it necessary that you book in advance, but make sure you do your research in advance.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

  2. I love the internet, you learn so many new things and about new places. Before your article I never knew there was great surfing in Peru, I love to learn new things each and everyday.

    I never had any experience surfing, do you surf yourself? I think it would be awesome to learn to surf, something very difficult to learn living in Pa with no beaches and good waves.

    • Hi Jeff, I have been surfing for over 10 years, I started surfing in my early 40s. If you get a chance, I would highly recommend to give surfing a chance.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

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