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Peru is located on the West Coast of South America. Topographically diverse, Peru has many distinct regions from the Andes Mountains to the Amazon River basin. Located 10 degrees south of the equator in the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are reversed. Winter is from May to November and summer is from December to April. The coastline in Peru is extremely arid, air temperatures in the winter range from 60-70 degrees. In the summer, the air temperatures range from 80-90 degrees with bright sunny days.

Peru has over 1400 miles of coastline, where the surf breaks year round and with all types of wave's can be found. The points, reefs and beach breaks receive their swells from storms in the South Pacific and also from major storms in the North Pacific. In the summer (our Winter) the surf averages 4 to 10 feet with some days easily reaching 20 feet. In the winter (our Summer) the surf averages 8 to 15 feet with days in the 20-foot plus size very common. Peru has an extremely large swell window and it can receive swells from the South, Southwest, West and Northwest.

Punta Hermosa, just South of Lima is considered Peru's big wave location. This area of headlands, reefs and coves tends to focus the swell energy creating ideal surfing conditions. The largest wave's in South America can be found at Pico Alto. Wind conditions in Peru are often very light and this in turn creates glassy waves year round. Because most of the surf spots in Punta Hermosa are reef point breaks, paddling out when it's big is not a problem, all most always with dry hair. Water temperatures are comfortable. In the summer you can wear just baggies or a spring suit. In the winter either a spring or full suit depending on conditions.

Getting There
Direct flights to Lima from Miami, FL and connections available from dozens of U.S. cities.

Requirements for Entry
Passport - no visa required for U.S. citizens.
Exchange Rate (1 U.S.$ = 3.49 Peruvian $) (exchange rate last updated 9/18/01)
   

Peru Surf Breaks


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Breaks Size(ft.) Rights Lefts
SAN BARTOLO 2 - 7 X X
PENASCAL 4 - 12+ X  
HUAYCO 2 -7   X
SANTA ROSA 4 - 12+   X
EXPLOSIVOS 3 - 7 X X
PUNTA ROCAS 4 - 15+ X X
QUEBRADA 3 - 6 X X
KON TIKI 6 - 15+ X X
LA ISLA 2 - 10+ X  
PUNTILLA 2 - 6 X  
EL PASO 4 - 10 X X
PLAYA NORTE 4 - 7 X  
PICO ALTO 7 - 24+ X X
OSCAR POINT 3 - 9 X  
SENORITAS 2 - 9   X
CABALLEROS 2 - 9 X  
EL SILENCIO 2 - 9 X X
LA TIMBA 3 - 10 X X
PULPOS 2 - 6 X  
ARICA 2 - 10+ X X