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March 4, 2011 16:03:22

Fashion photographer points lens at Peru's Asia Beach

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At Asia Beach, 97 kilometers south of Peru's capital city. (All photos by Marco Bollinger) See slide show.
 

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January 26, 2011 15:07:42

Interactive Peru map: Discover 10 Lima beaches

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See a map of Lima beaches below. On the left: El Silencio beach.


By Dyana Gonzales

The beaches south of Lima are among the most popular summer vacation spots for anyone looking for relaxation and recreation. The following ten beaches provide everything from crystalline waters, world-class surfing waves, scores of cevicherias, vibrant nightlife and noteworthy sunsets.

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January 26, 2011 15:07:10

Readers' photos: The beaches of Lima

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A lifeguard at Los Pulpos beach, 41 kilometers south of Lima along the Panamericana Sur highway. See slide show.


LivinginPeru.com

We asked our readers to send in photos of their time at Lima beaches, from the city and south along the Panamericana Sur highway.

From the white beach of El Silencio, to an incredible sunset at Palabritas in Asia, see our readers' shots.

Summer in Lima 2011

Essay: Peru's beach culture Lima's public city beach Map: 10 Lima beaches
Discover Arequipa and Moquegua coast  Party hotel of Asia Boulevard  Real estate market heats up
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January 26, 2011 15:01:19

Peru beaches: Discover the coast of Arequipa and Moquegua

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You won't find foreign tourists at Pozo de Lizas in Peru's southern region of Moquegua. But Pozo de Lizas boasts a long sandy stretch, no rocks and great waves. (Photo by Pierro Sánchez Torres)  See slide show: Beaches and port charm in Ilo


By Nathan Paluck

Along Peru's 1,900 miles of Pacific coast, the spotlight centers on the beaches of the far north and just south of Lima. Luxury bungalows of Máncora, the surf haven of Chicama, and the Lima summer getaways like Punta Hermosa are the beach kings.

Travelers looking to discover off-the-beat treasures, however, should look farther south to the regions of Arequipa and Moquegua.

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August 26, 2010 11:33:50

Budget travel to the beaches of Máncora, Peru

Expensive botique hotels and chic restaurants are one way of vacationing in the beaches of Máncora, Peru. But a traveler can also squeak by on one-dollar ceviches in markets and lodging for $10. Read more about the inexpensive side of Máncora.
 
Photo: Walter Hupiu/Promperu

By Luis Davelouis Langua, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Unlike what many think, a vacation to Máncora is not terrible expensive: Most basic services are cheap because labor is cheap. Like in many places, prices vary depending on quality and the type of customer it is directed to. That is why you can find hotels from 30 soles to $120 a night. (Those prices can doubl during high seasons.)

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June 16, 2010 14:12:06

Finding quiet beach time at Las Pocitas during Peru's off-season

A view from a restaurant in Pocitas, a relaxed beach vacation spot in Peru's north.

By Kelly Giem
Photos by Mirella Astolfi

Las Pocitas during the off season: I’m not sure it’s a secret that I want to let out.

I didn’t spend much time in the town of Mancora itself, but rather down by the old Panamerican highway south of town in a section called Las Pocitas. Go down the road past the pier and there are a series of hotels and beaches that truly surprised me.

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June 8, 2010 23:18:42

New hotels add comfort to the legendary surfing in Chicama, Peru

Buen Abrigo Hotel is part of a new wave of lodgings for surfers in Chicama.

By Maria Helena Tord,
El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Surfers in Peru are famous not only for their great deeds on the waves, but also for being big adventurers and travelers who, in search of the best pipes, find rough beaches ideal not only for surfing, but also for the quiet enjoyment of the sun and sea.

Chicama is one of the beaches that have become legendary among local and foreign surfers who, back in the seventies, made it an obligatory stop on any trip to the north.

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April 26, 2010 10:58:43

Staying in bungalows at Organos beach, Peru's quiet vacation spot

By Yadira Salazar

When does beach season end in Lima, Peru? Usually the end is Easter weekend in March or April. I’m not sure why, but the weather during following weekends is always unpredictable.
Staying in bungalows at Organos beach, Peru's quiet vacation spot.
Beach side pool at Órganos beach. (All photos by Yadira Salazar)
At least, this happens in Lima and on most of the coast, but not in Peru's north, where sun always shines. It was already late March and I went north looking for beach and sunny days.

After a one-hour flight to Piura and three-hour drive, we arrived in Máncora, which was very quiet compared to the party town it usually is. The reason: low season has already started which means plenty of accommodation available, plus lower prices. It was nice there, but I wanted to try something new. So we went to Órganos, seven kilometers from Máncora, a 15-minute drive.

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April 12, 2010 17:10:56

Relax and surf: Peru offers the beaches of Pacasmayo

By Yadira Salazar

Growing up in Lima, on the coast, made going to the beach part of my regular life. It’s sad that the beaches in Lima aren’t that good unless you drive 40 minutes south. So the idea of going up north to look for a nice beach within walking distance of my accommodation sounded appealing.

http://filer.livinginperu.com/travel/peru-travel-beach2.JPG600399Relax and surf: Peru offers the beaches of Pacasmayo
A beach at Pacasmayo. (All photos by Yadira Salazar) click to enlarge
For most people, the best beaches are way up north in Máncora. I agree, but it’s a long drive, 16 hours. I had only the weekend and a long bus ride wasn’t my idea of fun. So I was open to new ideas.

I went to buy a bus ticket and it was right there where I made a decision. The destination would be: Pacasmayo, about 10 hours from Lima. Pacasmayo seemed to be what I was looking for: a laid back beach town, not crowded, but still lively and most importantly sunny, warm and with an endless beach. The only thing I knew for sure about it was that there’s a huge cement factory called Cementos Pacasmayo. I was thrilled of the idea of discovering somewhere new!

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April 7, 2010 9:55:15

An ode to the end of summer in Peru

By Marie Alvarez-Calderon

I write this on Good Friday, the last weekend of the Peruvian summer. Like so many other people, we are at the beach. Fortunately for us “Conchitas” is a small community and even on this busiest of all weekends the shoreline is almost empty.

The day is sunny and the view from our master bedroom patio is blue: cloudless baby blue sky, gentle Copan blue ocean and crystal clean pool, all blending together in a perfect continuum, and bound together by a gentle breeze. The sun has risen to my right and is warmly caressing my body as I prepare for the last days of three exquisite months at the beach. 

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