The guide of the best Kitesurfing Spots in Peru

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO KITESURF IN PERU

If you are planning a kitesurfing holidays or trip in Peru, this is all should know.

Introduction

From south to north, the Peruvian coastline is a desert fringe long of 3,000 kilometers: the perfect set-up for thermic winds to work out! Add this to a great number of lakes and lagoons, and now you can imagine the wide potential of kitesurf spots hosted in Peru.

Most of those spots are to be found in the wildness and you have to be the adventurer kind of kitesurfer going on a road, or a boat trip to get the most of it, flying your kite on spots that have never been kitesurfed before. Now I will take the time to inventory here of the major spots in Peru, for the average kite adventurers, who do not have the time or the money to organize such a complicated journey, and also some more alternative spots for the explorers.

Because all types of kitesurfers will find their gold in Peru: beginners, freeriders, freestylers, hydrofoilers, sand kiteboarders… But one kind will especially be super stoked: Wave Riders!

Hosting two of the World’s Longest wave, a huge wave (for surf only), world class tubular waves, and an infinity of other virgin ones, Peru is indeed a dream for all surfers and wave kitesurfers.

But let’s inventory them now.

 


In Peru, there are three main kitesurfing spots:

1) Mancora (and the northshore),

2) Paracas (south of Lima) and,

3) Pacasmayo (in between Mancora and Lima).

 

Tell me which rider are you and I will tell you which spot is made for you?

An abstract of the 3 major kitesurfing spots in Peru:

See below the full report.

1) Mancora

and the North Shore

Endless summer, nice beaches with all types of conditions for free and wave riders.

Mancora is a beautiful place with a perfect climate and the highest statistics of wind. The ideal kitesurf vacations thanks to a mix of paradisiacal and wild deserted beaches, a wide offer of no-wind activities and a lively town to hang out. You can either take kiteboarding lessons or freeride. It is also one of the best (if not the best ;)) spot on earth to ride perfect waves, either for beginners or experts in the field!

Best period from May to December

2) Pacasmayo

and the area

Just the longest wave ridable with a kite on the planet!

What else? Pacasmayo is an old Peruvian medium size coastal town, so you will get to know how a typical Peruvian lives, however do not expect to do much except for surfing or kitesurfing. Only work with a good swell conditions and with off-shore winds, which makes this spot for expert riders only.  You should definitely go there with the right wind and swell forecast, and then you will get the ride of your life!

Best period: from April to October

3) Paracas

3 hours south of Lima

A superbe natural reserve, Flat shallow waters perfect for freestylers and beginners.

Paracas is a most beautiful natural reserve with flat and shallow waters, which makes it ideal for learning to kitesurf or for hardcore freestyle new-school addicts. It is only 2h30 from Lima, which makes it very easy if you are in Peru for a short time. There are also some alternative spots opened to swells if you want vary the pleasures.

 

 

Best period from October to April

MANCORA

AND THE NORTH SHORE

SYNOPSIS

Mancora is a surf town visited by surfers, travelers, backpackers, rich Peruvian for a lot of reasons: it is sunny all year, the beaches remind the Caribbean, it is cheap, food is delicious, waves are perfect, and there’s a cool nightlife. But most do not know that it is also the perfect place for kitesurfing with the highest statistics of wind, and a wide variety of wild spots where to fly a kite. Mancora is the best place to locate yourself on a kite trip in the north of Peru. There are plenty of off-the-water activities, and the perfect base to get to the other kite and surf points in the area.

TEMPERATURE

Air temperature: Mancora enjoys the best temperature: hot and dry during the day (average 25°C / 77°F), and cool enough during the night to have a good sleep. Has been once elected one of the three best climates in the world by the National Geographic!

Water temperature: 16 – 20°C / 60 – 68°F
Austral Winter (April – November): 18 to 23°C (63 to 73°F): jacket / 2/2 shorty to fullsuit 3/2 for the Souther spots
Austral Summer (December – March): 22 to 29°C (72 to 84°F): lycra

 

WHEN TO GO

From May to the end of the year.

If you are searching both wind and waves, nearly all the wind season is a good time to go as we receive waves all year, except maybe December and January I would say, just because the swells shift from the south to north Pacific and unfortunately most wave kitesurfing spots do not work too well with this swell orientation.

Even if statistics show that there are swells peaks in May, June, July and October, with over 10 years of experience on the north shore I must say that luck is more important than statistics, and you will obviously need more luck if you come one week than two weeks ????

THE WIND

  • First half: May – August: Ride everyday. Take a standard kite size (9m) plus a bigger kite (12m).
  • Second half: August – December: Ride everyday. Take a standard kite size (9m) plus a smaller kite (7m), and also a 12m if you can.

Wind starts around 11h to 13h and dies around 17h to 18h. There are all wind orientation depending on the spot but most are side-on shore winds except Lobitos y Negritos, which are side-off. Mancora is side-on. Wind comes from the south west.

Note: Most of the time, you can add 2 to 4 knots to Windguru’s forecast.

 

THE TOWN

Mancora is populated by a happy mix of locals, rich Peruvian and Latin hippies, regular travelers just looking for sun, nice beaches and cheap but good food, backpackers willing to get sun and party after arduous treks in the Sacred Valley, surfers searching those perfect waves from all around the globe …and some kitesurfers.

THE ROUTINE

As a result, it is a great location for any kitesurfer looking for a perfect beach routine combining wave surfing, yoga or some excursions during the superb mornings when there is no wind, and kitesurfing in the afternoon. Re-surf or re-yoga at the end of the day, or just admire the sunset. And go to sleep early in order to be ready for the next day, unless you want to have a couple of drinks downtown, and even go further and party until late.

 

“The town is packed with café, bars and great restaurants. Everyday you will be able to try a new place, from the most gourmet to the street “puestos”.

 

THE SURF

On this stretch of coastline, you can find many kilometers of empty beaches with winds blowing every day from around lunch time, the mornings are perfect for surfing the point break which has a pretty perfect wave, fun and easy. It can get quite crowded though, so you either go very early or around 10h AM to beat the morning crowd. There are also other surf breaks in nearby towns where you will be surfing alone.

 

THE KITE SPOTS

Mancora:

The main kite spot in Mancora consists of choppy conditions, there are plenty of space for you to free ride. You can also wave ride the perfect Mancora’s point break if it is not too crowded with surfers, or play in the shore break.

Lobitos

One-hour south to Mancora, you will find Lobitos, one of the most famous surf town in Peru, hosting up to 7 surf points. Most renowned Lobitos point break is a long perfect wave which works best around September when the sand banks get perfect.

Lobitos has a reputation to be of a “gost town” with a hippie vibe. What makes it singular is the presence of semi-abandoned Victorian houses from the time English and then American came to drill oil since the XIX century. Before it became a surf town, it was very lively a long time ago. Native even says the first cinema in Latin America was built there at this period. True or not, thinking of elegant British lads hanging around in nice clothe and bowler hat is still hard to imagine when you see Lobitos looks nowadays.

When Lobitos’ main wave is on fire, it is surely one of the top 3 best and consistent waves to kitesurf in the world thanks to the side-off shore wind shaping a perfect and very long wave! Unfortunately surfing crowds have made it complicated for a kitesurfer to ride it in peace, even if we are trying to change minds and propose a windy schedule for kitesurfing action only. In the meantime, there are still other great surf points around where it is possible to kitesurf.

 

Sechura

There is also a well kept secret spot in the middle of the Sechura desert 7 hours south of Mancora, very difficult of access and where it is possible to stay, as a former soul Peruvian surfer and kitesurfer pioneer once built a beautiful house after 1 hours of a road in between sand dunes, right in front of this magic spot, made for expert riders only.

 

If you want to know all about the other kiteable spots in the north of Peru, like for instance: Cabo Blanquillo, Negritos, Baterias, tres Cruces or Organos: check the last bit at the bottom of our wave riding kitesurf camps page:.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodations are plentiful and to suit any budget, from USD 5 to USD 500 per night. The hotels’ offer is so diverse that it makes it a bit difficult to select the best option. Before searching for a place to stay, firs choose if you prefer to stay in Mancora, close to the surf & kite spot and downtown, or in Las Pocitas, a paradisiacal beach only 5 to 10mn away from the village, where all the most beautiful hotels are, and the perfect hideaway for anyone willing to disconnect.

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE

The easiest is to come from Lima, and take a flight to Talara’s airport. From the Peruvian capital there is also the possibility to grab a luxury night bus. The other option is fly to Guayaquil, Ecuator and take a 7 hours’ night bus straight to Mancora.

More info here.

MANCORA & THE NORTH SHORE SPOTS

PROS

  • A wide variety of wild spots without crouds
  • The highest wind statistics
  • Endless summer and the warmest sea temperature in Peru
  • Certainly one of the 3 best spots for wave riding on earth
  • A cool kite community
  • Several activities to do apart from kitesurfing
  • A good place for non-kiters, and families too
  • Perfect place for either people looking for a retreat or to have fun

CONS

  • Mancora’s surf break can be very crowded
  • Far from Lima
  • There is no sheltered beach making it impossible to kitesurf for very beginners if there is a major swell and during the peak of it.

PACASMAYO

AND THE AREA

SYNOPSIS

Very old Peruvian town, which became industrial and is now famous thanks to this World’s longest wave to be ridden with a kite or a windsurf, or generally one of the longest to be surfed! Intermediate to advanced wave kite spot with tricky conditions, but will reward you with the ride of your life if you get the right conditions!

 

TEMPERATURE
Water: 16 – 20°C / 60 – 68°F
Austral Winter (April – November): full suit 4:3
Austral Summer (December – March): full suit 3:2

 

GET THERE
To get to Pacasmayo you need to take a 8 hours bus from Lima to Trujillo (or Chiclayo) and then another local bus or a 2 hours taxi. You can also take a flight to Trujillo or Chiclayo, around 1.5 hours away from the capital city. If you are already in Mancora, or you can grab a 7 hours’ night bus (EMTRAFESA), which will go directly to Pacasmayo.

 

THE WAVE & THE SPOT

The wave, which can hold a big size (up to 4 meters / 13 feet) moves a lot of water and therefore can be fat and relatively smooth on some sections, but also has some more other critical sections, and is super clean all the way.The entry and exit of the spot can be tricky. There is a strong current, wind holes and can be quite gusty, but once you are on the wave, you will not believe what nature is capable of!

El Faro resort near by which is a good exit point, and where a paid boat rescue service is offered,  there is always someone on hand to help you land…And you need this! The wind does seem to vortex at the shore!

 STAY THERE

There are lots of accommodation options downtown, you can take a moto for the day for around 15 soles as the spot is 10 minutes out of town. El Faro Resort option is obviously the best if you can afford it (USD 80 – 100 per night per person approximately).

 THE GOOD PLAN
As I just said above, there is no reason to go to Pacasmayo without the right swell and wind forecast. Then, if you cannot plan your trip at the last minute (or at least 2 weeks in advance) and come with the perfect conditions, we advice you to go to another place in Peru, visit the country or come kitesurf in Mancora (7 hours by car/ bus) and decide the last minute to go to Pacasmayo, only when it’s on fire!

 

 

OTHER SPOTS IN THE AREA

 

 

 

Puerto Chicama

The most famous Chicama, known to be the longest wave in the world is unfortunately not really rideable with a kite as the off-shore winds are shadowed by the beautiful and impressive cliffs facing the wave. However, you still may see Cristian, a local rasta kitesurfer, also famous for training surfing dogs, kitesurfing the end of the wave, near to the peer and even do some downwinders up north.

It is indeed worth talking of Chicama and the area as the wind happens regularly and strong! I have been organizing SUP camps in Chicama, doing some tours around, Huanchaco for example or cultural visits like la Huaca de la Luna, a superb Inka’s site facing the sea. It is where I understood there was another good wave and wind potential in the area…

 

Gallito Ciego

Gallito Ciego is an articifial lake only an hour from Pacasmayo where you will be able to kitesurf, free-ride, freestyle. Do not go alone, and bring your vittle as you will not find nothing there, just you riding.

 

Puerto morin

2h40 minutes away from Pacasmayo or 1h30 south to Chicama, you will find the little town of Puerto Morin, which have exactly the same topography of Chicama if you look on the map. Almost 8 kilometers of free beach without waves protected by a hill, an extensive bay with beach of fine sand. Good spot for kiteboarding, good for kitesurfing waves too in Cerro Negro, and also power kiteboarding. To be honest I have never been to this place, but I have found some info from a Peruvian kitesurfer who were giving kite lessons there but seems to have stopped his activity.

Puemape

Puemape is another really nice wave in between Pacasmayo and Chicama, only 45mn from Pacasmayo. This is a small fisherman community. You will find one or two restaurants but no shops, so better bring water, and eventually some food too. The wind is cross shore. Landing and launching is best north of town to avoid wind shadows. Access to the water is fairly easy, waves are not too intimidating, and there are no strong current except in case of a massive swell. The only hazards are a rocky shore and the fact that you will be probably riding alone there.

PACASMAYO AND THE AREA

PROS

  • amazing perfect long left that will be the longest wave you ever surf!
  • empty spot: it is more likely that you will have the wave almost to your self
  • great surf spot in the mornings
  • nice old town with lots of food options
  • There is a flat kitesurfing spot not too far

CONS

  • Gusty off-shore winds, then you better have a rescue boat or jet ski
  • Wind is usually light and not everyday
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • A little cold in the winter season
  • Not a spot for beginners
  • Absence of no wind activities

PARACAS

THE NATURAL RESERVE

SYNOPSIS

Paracas is a magnificent natural reserve super accessible within a few hours reach of Lima, and at the right side of the country (the south) to combine a trip with Matchu Picchu, Sacred Valley and the touristic belt that forms “la ruta del Gringo”. Paracas is a big bay and there is room for a few hundred kites riding without being a problem, but it is rare to find more than 20 riders. It is the perfect water surface in for beginners and freestylers.

 

WHEN TO GO

You can kitesurf all year in Paracas, but Winter (October to April) is definitely the best time to go wind wise and as it is warmer inside and outside the water. Summer (or Austral winter: May to September) wind statistics drop a bit (see below), as do the air and water temperature.

THE WIND

  • WINTER (October to April): Ride 5, 6 days a week. The wind starts at 11 am and will last till 7 pm when night falls – from 11 to 1:30 pm the wind is not gusty, from 1:30 to 3:30 gusts will raise 5 knots on average, from 3:30 till night it will get stronger.

Kite Quiver: 9- 10m kite is a must for this season and as a second option a 12m and third a 7m, no bigger kites required.

  • SUMMER (May to September): Ride 3 days a week. The wind starts at 1:30 pm and will last until 5:30 pm without much gusty wind, unless we get a “Paraca” you will be riding in the middle of the sand storm which is really funny but reserved only for experienced kitesurfers.

Kite Quiver: 12m kite is a must for this season and as a second option bigger kites, and hydrofoiling.

Note: Do not get fooled by Windguru or other internet prediction services, as Paracas is a very complex micro weather with and amazing Venturi working, so those predictions are not correct most of the time

 

TEMPERATURE:

Air Temperature:
20° – 30°C / 68° – 86°F

Water Temperature:

Winter (May to November): 14 – 18°C / 57 to 64°F: 3/2 to 4/3 fullsuit

Summer (December to March): 18 – 23°C / 64 to 73°F:  2mm wetsuit / shorty

     THE TOWN

    The town has a very relaxed vibe, with plenty of restaurants. It is quiet in the week and then things pick up on a weekend and in high season around January and February. The main spot is about 5 minutes’ drive from the town, there are also accommodations near the spot although you are away from the night action if you stay there. 

    THE SPOTS

    Paracas Bay is a big lagoon and as a result is safe and offers flat water, with some chop when it gets windy. It is a great beginner spot with shallow water, which is of course great for free style too. The bay has a U shape and the winds from the point are side off shore.

      You can also go in to the reserve by 4x4 where you will find some wave spots and and a couple of other flat water lagoons:

      Playon have small to medium size waves, the wind is side off-shore but is located in a big open bay, you would have to drive a car to recover your kite in case you release it. In the last scenario fishermen could be hired to provide safety.

      Mendieta Almost same conditions as Playon, but a smaller bay.

      Laguna Grande This is as safe as Paracas bay. Side on shore winds.

      San Andres be careful with the shallow waters with rocky sea floor: high jumps are not recommended in this areas.

       

      HOW TO GET THERE

      If you fly in to Lima Airport, you can take a taxi from the inside of the building of the airport, but will be more expensive. In any case: always hire a trustful taxi. Or rent a car as it is only a 3 hours ride to get to Paracas from Lima. You can also grab a luxury bus like Cruz del Sur bus company from Lima’s city Center (Javier Prado).

       

      WHERE TO STAY

      What is great in Paracas is there are several options to stay from backpacker’s hotels hotels like Kokopeli to 5 stars’ hotels like the Marriott.

       

      OTHER THINGS TO DO

      • Nasca Lines are 2.5 hours away.
      • Tour to the Ballestas Island is a must, At the islands you will see thousands of birds, also the Humbolt Penguins are present, a few thousand Sea Lions live around and beautiful caverns with impressive beauty.
      • Paragliding

      PARACAS

      PROS

      • choppy to flat water lagoon with lots of space
      • good kite community and good vibes
      • nice little town and a superb reserve
      • Others activities and excursions to do in Paracas National park
      • A cable park

      CONS

      • The main spot is 10 minutes drive from the town

      • presence of jelly fish

      • A bit cold, especially in Summer (April – November)

      Conclusion

       

      Now what are you waiting for to come visit Peru, and share awesome kitesurfing sessions with us? While most people go to Brazil putting their kite into packed spots, Peru has such to offer in terms of kitesurfing and without crowds! It is the same journey to get to Peru from Europe, USA or elsewhere, as getting to the Brazilian Nordeste, sometimes even less flight’s connections.

      Plus, there is a magic country to visit: discovering Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, The Titicaca’s lake, the Amazon jungle, or the superb White Cordillera range.

      Peru has been elected 3 times in the row best Latin gastronomic destination. See? here is another good reason to go ✈️ 

      And if you are a wave rider, now you just don’t have excuse! By the way, did you read our 20 world’s best wave kitesurfing destinations guide?

       

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      3 Comments

      1. andres

        Awesome info! Thanks for putting the time in!

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      2. Kite Obsession

        I am glad to read your blog on “The guide of the best Kitesurfing Spots in Peru”. I recommend it to all!

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      3. Casey

        Great post and info about kitesurfing in Peru! Will share!

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