The best antidote against stress and routine is a visit to Piura, Peru’s best beach-going region and a magical spot for anyone looking to escape the frenetic pace of modern life. The white sand, blue waters and perfect waves of its warm beaches, like Máncora, Vichayito and the melancholy and inspiring Cabo Blanco, make this place the beating heart of Peru’s surfing and sport fishing scene. But if it’s utter relaxation you’re after, Piura’s selection of accommodations and eateries never fail to give travelers days of incomparable repose with spectacular views of the sea.
If ever a land epitomized startling convergence, that land is Peru; and nowhere is this more evident than in the Tumbes region. This sunny paradise with its perpetual semi-tropical weather lies along the far northern reaches of the Peruvian coast, where the Mangroves of Tumbes National Sanctuary and Tumbes National Reserve meet serene beaches, surprising sea life, vivid sunsets and exquisite cuisine. As if this wasn’t enough, this international haven of biodiversity offers visitors animals that are native to the equatorial dry forest, famed for its wide variety of astonishing species found nowhere else.