Los Órganos, a breath of hot summer air in Peru
Based on article by Agnes Rivera
Embrace the heat that summer has given to the Andean nation, and take time getting to know friendly sea creatures on your next travel to northern Peru.
In 1532 Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded the first Spanish city in Peru when he arrived at the northwestern city of Piura. Much of the mestizo and creole culture that developed thanks to the blend of indigenous and Spanish inhabitants remains to this day. A derivative of pirhua , the Quechua word means abundance , Piura lives up to its name, offering plenty to do, whether it is a sweet escape or an adrenaline filled adventure. Commonly referred to as la Ciudad del eterno calor (the city of eternal heat), the coastal region has only been hotter since the turning of the New Year and the effects of El Niño set in. Like the sides of a coin, Los Órganos, in the region of Piura, can offer you two very different experiences depending on what you like best. In the mood for a party, or prefer to keep your getaway a little more intimate? Go ahead and make your decision; there’s no force of nature stronger than your wishes.
It is thirteen miles south of Mancora, the typical choice for party-going beach bums in Peru. The waves continue to crash yet the sounds on shore are noticeably hushed. Tucked far away from the highway, Los Órganos has yet to build up the same reputation as Mancora. However, over the years, there has been a steady increase of restaurants and accommodation to satisfy those who have come to see what everyone is talking about.
Los Órganos is a quaint beach town in northern Peru and the local beach, Punta Veleros, is one of the best-kept secret (and let’s try to keep it that way). Rather than many patrons, this coastal getaway (just 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Los Órganos) is a minimalist artwork with just a splatter of visitors.
A condominium of beach homes and ocean-view hotels border the clear waters inviting you in for a dip to cool off or a ride on your surfboard to break a sweat. Local company Pacifico Adventures offers a marine coastal tour (keep your eyes out for whales, sea lions, green turtles, dolphins and more), the chance to snorkel with turtles, and even fishing that ends with turning that catch of the day into the freshest ceviche you could possibly imagine (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the evening, when the sun has set, you can take a stroll to Los Órganos Port (Av. Ribera del Mar in Piura) and catch the best sunset in northern Peru.
How to get there:
A budget friendly option is to take a bus from one of the many transport agencies offering rides up north directly from a Lima terminal, although it will set you back anywhere between 16-20 hours. If time or comfort is an issue, flights are also available from Lima to Piura. From the Piura airport, Los Órganos can be reached by a few hours ride by bus or taxi .
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Image source: Los Organos - Photo courtesy of Pacifico Adventures
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