Beaches of Northern Peru

December 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

As summer starts in South America, those from the cold Northern Hemisphere are often looking for a place to warm up and enjoy the beach.  The Galapagos Islands is home to many wonderful beaches.  Yet if you are looking to discover the ideal beach destination on the South American Continent I would suggest the beaches of Northern Peru.

If you are traveling from Ecuador to Peru by road as you depart Guayaquil heading down the Pan American Highway.  It takes approximately 3 hours to reach the boarder. The boarder crossing is fairly easy.  First you need to stop at the Ecuadorian Immigration Office in Huyaquillis for your departure stamp then cross the boarder and make a stop at the Peruvian Immigration Office in Agua Verde.

The first city you will reach after crossing the boarder is about 5 minutes away, Tumbes, the regional capital.  Tumbes has a number of hotels, mangrove tours where you can see crocodiles and an airport offering flights to Lima.

As you travel south of Tumbes it is striking the difference between the topography from the Ecuador and Peru.  The highway through Ecuador is lined with miles and miles of banana plantations, yet once you pass Tumbes you will be delighted by the scenic vista of miles and miles of pristine beaches, small beach towns and the blue waters of the open ocean.

The white sand beaches, almost always-clear skies and relaxed atmosphere of the beach towns of Punta Sal, Zorritos, Los Organoes  and the surf Mecca of Mancora dream destinations.  The region is known as the birthplace of Ceviche and seafood is a must do when visiting the beaches of Northern Peru.

You can reach the beaches of Northern Peru on a short flight from Lima to Piura, Tumbes or Talara.  Piura also has a flight from Santa Rosa, Ecuador (the Machala area).  Private Car transfers can also be arranged in advance from Guayaquil.  However most visitors to the region take one of the international busses traveling between Ecuador and Peru making a stop en route to Southern Peru.

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