Pascamayo: One of Peru’s Best Unknown Surf Spots

Pascamayo: One of Peru’s Best Unknown Surf Spots

Peru offers amazing trekking possibilities and archeological sites, but did you know that its geographic location on the Pacific Ocean makes it also water sports friendly? Peru is a great water sport destination, with perfect waves for surfers as well as great wind for kite-surfing.

Situated in totally different region of Peru – the northern part may be short of amazing trekking as in Cusco or Huaraz with its high snowy peaks mountains or most famous archeological spots but instead it offers totally different types of activities.

To my surprise Pacasmayo turned out to be a very fulfilling spot and later it became my main base for exploring the most important archaeological spots in northern coast of Peru.

Pacasmayo – my main base for exploring the most important archaeological spots in northern coast of Peru

Surfing destination - Pacasmayo, Peru
Port in Pacasmayo

I have to confess that at the beginning I knew almost nothing about this town and the whole region, but quickly realized that this place has huge potential.

Peru as well as Pacasmayo itself is very famous for great, long and high waves, appreciated by the surfers from all over the world. I have never been a true fan of water sports, so my knowledge about them was rather poor, but my trip to Pacasmayo changed this. I had great opportunity to become familiar with this topic and get a lot of knowledge about it. Surfing admirers know perfectly, that Peru’s beaches of the north, like Pacasmayo and in some towns nearby, are one of the first places on their list to go to surf.

People also say that Pacasmayo is one of the best places in Peru where surfers can catch the best waves of their lives. Since my first arrival to this placed I haven’t stopped hearing that it is a heaven for the surfers, who dream not only about good waves but also who wish to enjoy them without a crowd. The other benefit about choosing Pacasmayo is the absence of the big crowds as you might be used to encountering in Peru. Pacasmayo is still considered as a place which is not touristic and there are a lot surfers who value it for that.

If you are fascinated by the huge waves, sometimes reaching up to 3 meters high, and in the same time would like to have these waves almost only to yourself, Pacasmayo is definitely a must-go!

I have to add that thanks to spotless reputation of this place, I even decided to take some surfing classes here, which turned to be an incredible experience. 🙂

First steps as a surfer, Pacasmayo beach

After this trip I can definitely say that now I am not only big fan of climbing, biking, kayaking, hiking, but also lover of surfing (to say better I am totally into it)

Pacasmayo offers also other possibilities, like kitesurfing or windsurfing but there’s not only water sports there. This city and its neighborhood have much more to offer. Pacasmayo is a small town located in the region of La Libertad in Peru. It looks like one of many other small towns in the coast of Peru famous among surfers, but there are some things which make this city more interesting. It is situated in the middle between famous cities like Trujillo, Chiclayo and Cajamarca, what makes this place great base for excursions to many different destinations.

The view from hotel el mirador in Pacasmayo
The view form the hotel el Mirador in Pacasmayo

Below I prepared the list of some of the most important places which you can visit while you are in Pacasmayo.

  1. Archaeological complex El Brujo and museums Dama de Cao (Laddy of Cao) around 55 km from Pacasmayo
  2. Archaeological complex Pakatnamu ruins around 30 minutes by car from Pacasmayo
  3. Dos Cabezas (Two heads) around 15 minutes by cas from Pacasmayo
  4. El Bosque y Complejo Arqueológico el Cañoncillo (Archaeological Complex of Cañoncillo) around 45 minutes by car from Pacasmayo
  5. Beaches in Chicama and in Puemape (San Pedro de LLoc) around 25 minutes from Pacasmayo and in Huanchaco around 2 hours by bus from Pacasmayo
  6. Archaeological complex Chan Chan near Trujillo around 2 hours by bus from Pacasmayo
  7. Huaca de la Luna and Huaca de la Sol near Trujillo around 2 hours by bus from Pacasmayo
  8. Archaeological sites such as Sipan, Túcume, Batán Grande and Huaca Rajada in Chiclayo and in its neighborhood around 2 hours by bus from Pacasmayo

Pacasmayo – where to stay?

During my time in Pacasmayo I stayed in Hotel el Mirador.

pacasmayo in peru hotel el mirador
Hotel el Mirador in Pacasmayo

Hotel el Mirador. It is situated only around 250 meters from the beach and from the city centre and is very tourist friendly place. You can meet a lot of surfers from all over the world and get some wise advice. There is a very nice public area, where there you can enjoy ping-pong, billiards, foosball, a tv and bar. The prices of the rooms in Hotel el Mirador are higher than in the hostels but definitely much more reasonable than in other hotels in Pacasmayo. If you are looking for a nice location, it can be good choice for you.

Hotel in Pacasmayo el Mirador
Beautiful room in the Hotel el Mirador

Pacasmayo – where to drink coffee?

The choice of the coffeshop will depend on your coffee preferences.

If you like more italian style, you can enjoy the coffee in the Restaurant Pastimar, which is located directly in the Hotel el Mirador. They serve italian style coffee in the mornings during the breakfast. You can also enjoy some very good juices there. Breakfast is included in the price of the room.

restaurant pastimar in pacasmayo
Delicious coffee in the Hotel el Mirador

If cappuchino, frappuchino or other coffee made from espresso machines is what you’re looking for, you might rather enjoy Mochica Café Restaurant or 49 Café.

Definitely the best coffee place in Pacasmayo

Pacamayo – where to eat delicious chocolate cake and other desserts?

The best chocolate cake I ever ate in Pacasmayo, was in the Restaurant Pastimar. Unfortunately this tasty desert is not in the daily list. But if you are lucky enough to find it, don’t even hesitate to try it.

The next place in Pacasmayo I would recommend you to visit is 46 Café. They offer different desserts, always fresh and very delicious. My favourite one is torta de chocolate and torta de guanabana.

Mochica Café Restaurant is another option to get your sugar dose. It was good too, just different. If you will stay longer in Pacasmayo I highly recommend you to try all those cakes in all that places and make your own list. 🙂

Pacasmayo – where to eat fresh, delicious lunch and dinner?

I have tried to find something delicious and healthy in 3 places in Pacasmayo. First one was the Restaurant Pastimar in Hotel el Mirador. I liked the food there a lot due to its freshness, many times I had  the opportunity to taste here typical Peruvian dishes. But they also have some basic such as pastas and pizzas. (If you decide to stay in the hotel, you can have the lunch and dinner for lower price). They have special offers for the Clients of the hotel in this area, which is a very good idea. Among others you can have here breakfast with homemade marmalade from strawberry, pineapple or other local fruits. Delicious!

Homemade marmalade in the Hotel el Mirador

The next place where I used to eat was Mochica Café Restaurant. I tried here fried fish with french fries and loved that dish. It will be served with amazing garlic cream – if you like those types of dressings, don’t miss this place.

pacasmayo cafe mochica
Mochica Cafe – my favourite restaurant in Pacasmayo

The third placed where I also tried some dishes was Café Restaurant. It is a small place with good Chinese food. If you like Asian types of food you can check also this option.

I hope you will fall in love in Pacasmayo like me. Enjoy great weather, sun, waves and all the possibilities which this region of Peru has to offer you!

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