Relax for four days - or more - at one of northern Peru's best Pacific beaches.
Private transfers & accommodation at comfortable beachside property.
2017 price from £399 / $US 495 p/p (based on double occupancy in shared service)
Transport, B&B and whale-watching or swimming with turtle tour included.
When thinking of a South American beach, it is more than likely that the calm, blue waters of the Caribbean, or the famous landscape of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, spring to mind. It is fair to say that Peru's northern beaches do not fulfill this ideal entirely, with the colder waters of the Pacific crashing onto windswept beaches with a backdrop of desert and dry forest. But it is exactly this ruggedness and under-exploitation that Peru North finds so appealing.
The waves are ideal for surfing, kayaking, body boarding and kite surfing; the marine life includes humpback whales, Southern sea lions and green turtles; and the white sand stretches as far as the eye can see, in either direction.
A few days at a chosen beach-side hotel is an ideal way to begin or end your northern Peru visit, so let us organise the accommodation and transport. We even include a half-day tour of either whale-watching or swimming with turtles (depending on the season).
All you have to do is slap on the sunscreen and decide which seafood to have for lunch! (NB. Other dietary options are available!!)
Day 1: Piura - Mancora or Vichayito
You will be collected from Piura airport upon arrival, or from your Piura hotel, and then driven to your selected hotel in Mancora or Vichayito, in a private vehicle.
The journey time is roughly three hours, travelling north up the PanAmerican Highway, through Peru's coastal desert.
Once settled in to your beachside accommodation, you have free time to explore and use the hotel facilities.
Day 2: Organos: Whale Watching or Sea Turtles Snorkeling Tour
Today you have a half day tour to enjoy some of Peru's rich Pacific marine life. The details of the tour depending on the time of year.
Mid-July - mid-November: Humpback Whale Watching.
This morning, we pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Los Organos, where you board a leisure boat. You then sail to Cabo Blanco, in search of humpback whales.
These whales arrive along the north coast of Peru, from Antarctic waters, to breed and raise their calves.
If you are lucky, you will spot these magnificent marine mammals breaching, whereby they throw two-thirds or more of their bodies out of the water and splash down on their backs.
Mid-November - mid-July: Sea Turtles Snorkeling Tour
This morning, we pick you up from your hotel and drive you to El Ñuro Beach, just south of Organos, where you can interact with the naturally-curious sea turtles, who are attracted by the scraps of seafood dropped by the returning fishing boats.
You can observe them from the pier, or get into the water with them, for closer interaction. An unforgettable experience.
At the end of either tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel where you have a free afternoon to enjoy the sun, and the beaches around your hotel.
Day 3: Mancora or Vichayito: Free Day
You have the whole day to chill out in and around your hotel; or try your hand at some of the many watersports available.
A sedate horse ride along the beach is another nice way to spend an hour or so.
Optional: Marine Coastal Tour: a half-day fishing trip, in Pacific waters, which includes the on-board preparation of what you catch into ceviche - Peru's signature dish of raw fish marinated in citrus and chili, and garnished with sweet corn and sweet potato.
Day 4: Mancora - Piura
After having breakfast at the hotel, a transportation service will transfer you back to Piura, to catch a return flight ... or spend more time in northern Peru.
NB. If you would like more time relaxing at the beach, we can certainly add more nights at your hotel. Just ask us.