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Beach town

Two hours north of Trujillo, this little beach town has great beaches and several nearby attractions that make it worth spending a couple days here. If you’re in the area during Carnaval, check out the Fiesta del Carnaval de San Pedro de Lloc.


Half an hour south is Puemape, a surfing destination with its own surf school. This is a chill spot that’s great for learning to surf.


One of the major attractions is the Bosque de Canoncillo, which had great birdwatching and the opportunity to see white-tailed squirrels and foxes. It’s a 45 minute drive inland from Pacasmayo.

Geographically close, (yet an hour drive because of how far inland the bridge is) is the Complejo Arqueológico de Pakatnamú. There are some very interesting stone buildings here and if you have half a day, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Closer than Pakatnamú, just 15 minutes north of town, is Cerros Dos Cabezas, which is an archeological site from the Moche culture.


There aren’t many hotels, but this little town is far enough off the beaten path that you don’t have to worry about finding a place to stay. That can change during Carnaval, so check the dates of Fiesta del Carnaval de San Pedro de Lloc if you’re traveling around March.

Beaches & Surfing

Northern Coast

Text © Heather Jasper

Image by AMLT