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Northern Coast

Mancora mural

In general, the farther north you go, the better Peru’s beaches are. This region includes some truly incredible archeological sites, like Chan Chan and Huaca Rajada where the Lord of Sipán was found.

It also has the westernmost point of South America. Just south of the town of Talara is a little beach community called Negritos. Follow the coast south to Playa Balcones and you’ll be as far west as you can be and still be on the South American continent.

Transport

There are many options for busses going north from Lima to this region. The best airport in the area is Piura, with several flights daily from Lima.

Casma

Beaches & archeology

Chan Chan

The largest adobe city

Chiclayo

A green spot in the desert

Chimbote

Beach, bays & sea lions

Huaca Rajada

The Lord of Sipan

Huacas del Sol y de la Luna

Archeological site in Trujillo

Máncora

Beach town

Pacasmayo

Beach town

Piura

The big city

Puerto Malabrigo

Leftbreaking surfing hotspot

Trujillo

Historic city & world class beach

Tumbes

Shopping on the Ecuadorian border

Text © Heather Jasper

Image by Heather Jasper