La puntilla is a beach break located a couple of kilometers north (up coast) of Huanchaco (whee Alianza Lima plays its games). With peak season from May to December, La puntilla provides a great alternative for surf because it offers 2 or 3 setups in the point, breaks on the left and right, depending on the swell. This spot is called Pro Surfing in Peru. It maybe less crowded than Franciscanos, but if you would like to watch some surfing without busloads of tourists, you should come. The right break is a nice long pipe with peaks and wash arrounds. And on a day with not so strong wind, you can get perfect drags right behind the peak. The “left” is far removed, but maybe break better with less wind.
La puntilla can be reached with your own car, or by Bus via Chimbote from Lima. It is the last stop, on the road to Conchucos.
International surf guides entice you with promises of catching the “largest waves on the planet”. But in the end, you get to stare down your local hole. Gordon’s largest wave is at a lean 60 feet.
One thing about Gordon’s is that its got a lot of wave action. The place is packed with wave energy, very powerful and making many a surfer feel like a new wave. The local wave season is November to March. The waves have heaps of character and have been recorded by the Chilean news station, Canal 13. December and January particularly have pretty huge wave sets coming through.
Gordon’s, much like your mother-in-law’s eyes, is not one wave break. It equals a series of wave breaks on one reef. There are really three sections; the ledges, the middle and the main, story time section. These break at different angles, with different kinds of waves. Luckily, every reef spot breaks in all kinds of conditions, so even if one wave spot is mush, the other reef spot where the waves are breaking further up the coast might look good.
As for apre surf, it gets swarmed depending on the swell. But even through suit, and the like, surfing International can be rewarding. Once you’ve found your wave, the crowd doesn’t matter, even though they might.
Lima, known to the Incas the Jauja, the center of the world, was founded by the Spaniards on January 18, 1535AD.
It has been ranked since 1948 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Founded as the “Gran Ciudad de Leon de Hidalgo de los Reyes del Nuevo Mundo” (Big City of Lion of the New World), it owes its modern name to the conquistador Francisco Pizarro.
It was a relative small settlement of the Inca Empire – which existed in the Middle Horizon era until 1532 when the Spaniards conquered it – that was in the shape of an eight; the westernmost point, or tip, was called “often called the “Primal Point”, crowned with a large white cross. Medieval Lima became a lively city, and it became one of the best things of the known world.
Centuries into its development as a capital, Lima at the end of the 1500 with its typical colonial planning, consisted of four different districts or neighborhoods where one to another the Plaza Mayor (Main Square) and the Lima Cathedral stood out. These districts were Lima Viejo, San Juan de Oberti (San Juan de la Frontera), El Callao and El Rincón de san Blas. Lima Viejo was not occupied today, but was on of its districts was part now of what became the Cono Sur.
Imperial Lima fell under May 24, 1821, and suffered to the tune of far more than a century of political instability, economic inequality and technological autarchy, being on many occasions the capital of two countries divided by political separator. The last of the hundreds of rotating politicians was a son of the United States of America, armed with a degree from Harvard and a license from a law school, is General Juan Francisco de Vidal. Even lived up to its name. New clientele investment, born great American trusts with capital, as well as the emergence of trade unions, strike and press with professional sectors, they gave the incentive to democracy and changes to the kind we now have.
Within the city there are several monuments to the Reconquest, the Independence and the celebration of Fourth Centenary of the Discovery; not to mention the churches, temples and historic buildings that are property of the country. Lima, its capital, is tangible symbol of Peruvian identity.
Nine hundred kilometers south from Lima (about 12 hours by bus), Paracas is the location of the smallest inland desert in the world. El Bajito is only 32.4 square kilometers, but it’s quite open and flat and covered in sand dunes. Part of the desert is protected by the Reserva Nacional de Paracas, established in 1977. Paracas is about the size of Virginia Beach, and the Peruvian government is trying hard to preserve the desert. In fact, the desert is located at the edge of the Pisco-Paracas Biosphere Reserve.
At the reserve visitors can learn about sea lions, penguins, and Peru’s national bird, the endangered huco-pitiusa. Because of the hot weather, it is recommended to go in the early morning and avoid the scorching sun of noon. Also, humidity can be quite overwhelming; therefore, having a towel and drinking plenty of water makes this experience more pleasurable. Since the desert surrounds the ocean, the birds and the whales don’t need to travel too far to feed on their prey. Although I personally have never seen a huco-pitiusa, I have met several who tell me that the major food of sea lions and the silky dolphin is fish.
Surprisingly, Peru only started protecting its Paracas reserve and the Pacific to the south of the country in the late nineties when the southern Peru oil and gas industry started exploring the seabed on the way to developing the Camisea natural gas field north of Pisco.
Welcome to an amazing refugio. Thousands of birds around the island. The turquoise waters surround these delicate islands that have different kinds of seabirds. These islands, origin of life itself, sports a spontaneous nature – brings drama of perfection.
Cuzco is considered The Center of the World, (Tawantinsuyu as it was called in Quechua, the language of the conquerors, means the Land of Four Parts). It was founded by the Incas, probably in the early period of the thirteenth century, it is the most important cultural center of the continent. Cuzco is the capital city of Peru and home to the majority of the ”Museos Vivían Los Incas Privada y Museo de Sitio de San Ignacio” [http://www.museosvivenlosincas.org.pe], of course, in addition to several other points of interest. The city has some 7,000 house structures erected by the Incas of which 3,000 were still in 1999 and visited, and it’s the capital city of the Cusco Department, the center-south of the country and the headquarters of departments, has the region with most population the highlands.
Cuzco is a historical city of the first class and administrative center for the Citlisuyu (southern part), crossed by the 45th parallel and the most largely used international axis: PANAMERICANA II, by land roads through the jungle of Chanchu (north).
Mother of an infinity of kings, queens and curacas principal of the Incans and Spains, is rich in history and traditions and it has been the capital continent in presidents that are the basis of history: Pachakutik (the katchakutiki Government), COSAC , Avioncito, among others.
Its ancient history dates back twelve centuries, before its incorporation to the Incas Tawantinsuyu, in Peru to the arrival of the Europeans. It is the center of the Incan Colonial Government. In its foundations it has impressive buildings that have remained little by little. Cuzco is not just its showy history but they are also the victims of aggression, terrorism, pressure and misunderstanding.
You will satisfy both ways, traditional life and the picaresque architects that the Spaniards came
(Huanchaco is a fisherman village ( located 17km north of the city of Trujillo, of northern Peru.))