Surfing in Peru
Peru, located in the northwest of South America, is not only the land of the Incas but is also a hub of biodiversity. The country is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean.
Travellers can visit parts of the 2,400 km long coastline, hike trough rain forests in the east and dry deserts in the west and climb summits in the Andes that are up to 6,800 meters high. Machu Pichu is the country’s most well-known site although there are also many other ancient historical cities to discover. Those who travel to the Andes should definitely stop at Lake Titicaca for some picturesque views.
For those looking for a surfing holiday, Peru has ideal waves that can be surfed year-round.
Peru’s climate is extremely diverse. Dry coastal regions in the west contrast with humid, tropical areas in the east and the high alpine Andes.
Due to the cool Humboldt Current, April to November is often foggy along the coast. During this time, air and water temperatures are chilly with an average of 20 degrees. Apart from permanently humid regions in the east, the most rain falls from December to May.
Peru is known for its long lefts that break on the craggy coast.
Wave height in the north is seasonal, and the best conditions can be found from November to March. During the rest of the year, only small swells hit the reefs and beaches of northern Peru. However, the south constantly receives swells from the Antarctic, which can get very big during winter from June to October.
The water in the south is cool due to the Humboldt Current, so a wetsuit is recommended year-round. Always remember that when surfing in Peru the more south one travels, the cooler the water gets!
Best surfing season for beginners: All year round
Best surfing season for advanced surfers: From June to October
Crowds: Close to cities waves get rather busy
Most travellers fly into Peru’s international airport, Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez (LIM) in Lima. Those who wish to visit the north of Peru can also choose to fly into Ecuador and start the trip south from there. Within the country, long distances are best-covered by small airplanes.
For shorter trips, busses are most convenient.
South America has stressful driving conditions, so a rental car is only recommended for shorter distances or for a trip on the Panamericana.
For people with more time on their hands, multi-country Airpasses like the Mercosur Airpass or the all America Airpass (includes North America) can be very useful and cost-effective.