Book Your Surf Trip to Peru
If you’re planning a surf trip to Peru, you’ve come to the right place.
Peru is a great destination for a surf vacation. With about 1,600 miles of varied coastline positioned for swell from the North and the South, Peru has a huge variety of wave types to chose from for all levels of surfers.
Not to mention the rich culture, relatively low cost, and range of scenery.
Whether you’re going solo, with a friend, or with your family, you’re sure to have a memorable trip.
You’re sure to find some good waves for surfers of all levels – from beginner to expert.
This page is your guide to planning the best surf trips in Peru. You’ll find information about where to stay, where to surf, best times to go, and more!
What are you waiting for? Book your trip!
Top Destinations for a Peru Surf Vacation
If you’re not sure exactly where you want to stay and surf in Peru, some of the best destinations for a fun surf trip include:
- Piura Region (North Coast)
- La Libertad (Central/Southernmost North Coast)
- Lima (Central/Southern Coast)
Surfing in Peru: What to Expect
Here’s what you need to know about the surfing in Peru.
Peru is a year-round surfing destination with good surf to be found throughout the country.
The main regions for surfing in the country are found throughout the North and Central coast.
You can find almost every type of wave here including pointbreaks, reefs, beach breaks, crumbling waves, and hollow waves.
While summertime can get busy, crowds are not too big of an issue throughout most of Peru. The bigger crowds will obviously be found at beaches and breaks closest to the larger cities or popular destinations like Lima, Punta Hermosa, Cabo Blanco, and Mancora.
Best Seasons for Surfing in Peru
While Peru has waves all year long, the most consistent surf is typically found from about May to September when the South Pacific is more active sending swell to the South and Southwest facing area.
From about October to March is when the North Pacific will send swell to area throughout the North Coast.
However, that’s not to say you cannot find surf in either region all year long.
Do you need a wetsuit to surf in Peru?
Despite being in the Tropical region, Peru’s coastal weather and water tends to be a lot colder than other tropical locations.
During Peru’s winter from May to September, the air stays cool and the skies remain grey. In the Summer, from December to March, temperatures can get up to low 80s with sunny skies and not much rain.
In the winter months, water temperatures will dip into the mid-high 50s°F, while the summer can see temperatures in the low-mid 70°F.
If you visit during the summer, you’ll at least want to bring a spring suit.
Otherwise, a 3/2 fullsuit should suffice for most of the year and during the colder months.
In many areas, booties can be a good idea to protect your feet from sharp rocks and sea urchins.
Piura Region Surf Vacations (Cabo Blanco, Lobitos, Mancora)
The Piura Region is one of the best destinations for your Peru surf trip.
This makes up much of the country’s North Coast.
In this area, popular surf destinations include:
- Cabo Blanco.
Where to Stay in the Piura Region, Peru
Some good places to stay on your surf trip to areas near Mancora district include:
- Hospedaje La Quebrada, a small-sized guest house situated in a quiet neighborhood near all the best spots in Mancora.
- Surf Racer Board House, an adult-oriented surf camp located within 100 meters of some of the best waves.
Where to Surf in the Piura Region
There are no shortage of fun waves in the Piura Region.
Cabo Blanco, which is located near Talara and El Alto, is known as South America’s Pipeline.
On the right swell (between October-January), the wave breaks over the shallow reef and forms fast, hallow barrels. Not the best choice for beginners.
Lobitos is an easily accessible area with plenty of consistent point breaks and reef breaks.
Mancora has a good variety of reef and beachbreaks for surfers of every experience level.
This is a popular tourist destination in the peak months.
La Libertad Surf Vacations (Chicama & Huanchaco)
La Libertad is another one of the best destinations for your Peru surf trip. Popular surfing destinations here include:
Where to Stay in La Libertad
Some great places to stay near Chicama and Huanchaco include:
- Chicama Botique Hotel, a 20 room resort and spa located right out front of one of the longest lefts in the world.
- Casa Fresh Guesthouse, a surf hostel that’s great for solo travelers, families, or groups.
Where to Surf in La Libertad
Lima Surf Vacations
Lima is also one of the best destinations for your Peru surf trip.
Popular surf areas here include:
- Punta Hermosa.
Where to Stay in Lima
Being a major city, there is no shortage of places to stay around Lima.
Some great places to stay near Lima also include:
- Selina Surf Club, which includes private and shared rooms, surf lessons, and plenty of amenities.
Where to Surf in Lima
Given the population and proximity to the international airport, surf spots close to Lima can tend to be a bit more crowded than other parts of Peru.
Punta Hermosa, which is about 40 minutes south a Miraflores, is home to a variety of points and reefs for more advanced surfers.
Miraflores and Barranco offer a range of beach breaks, reefs, and points that are suited for everyone, but cater especially well to beginners.
Airports in Peru
The major international airport you can use to travel to and from Peru is Jorge Chavez International Airport located in Lima/Callao in the Callao region.
From here, you can easily catch a connecting flight to other regions within the country or rent a car to explore on your own.
If you’re flying with surfboards, be sure to compare the airline baggage fees before you book.
Travel Insurance for your Peru Surf Trip
It’s always a smart choice to get insurance before any surf trip.
Depending on the package and coverage you choose, you can be covered for things like:
- Major and minor injuries.
- Transportation to the hospital.
- Emergency services.
Check the full description and disclosures of your travel insurance policy to make sure you get the right coverage for you and your trip.
Tips for Having the Best Surf Trip to Peru
Making sure your have the best surf trip no matter where you go or what the conditions are like when you get there comes down to some simple planning and preparation. Use these tips to make the most of your Peru surf trip:
- If you’re flying with your own surfboards, make sure you pack them securely in a good surfboard travel bag.
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from when you’re traveling, and that you’ve satisfied any visa requirements that Peru may have for travelers from your country of origin well before you leave for your trip.
- Where a decent surfing sunscreen no mater where you go and use extra sun protection like surf hats, wetsuit tops, or rash guards if you’re visiting a warm water destination that won’t require a wetsuit.
- If you’re uncertain about a wave or conditions you encounter, don’t risk a serious injury by surfing well beyond your abilities. Ask a local or find a wave more suited to your skills.
- Be respectful of the local community, other surfers you meet, and the local environment.
- Be mindful of the environmental and cultural impacts your travel may have on the places you visits. Consider how you can make your surf travel more sustainable.