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Surfing in Peru (Sports)



Peru is one of the most important destinations for surfers in South America. It offers opportunities for every class of surfer. There are world-renowned waves such as the largest left-hand point break in the world and the longest left-handed wave in the world.

There are three mainly surfing areas, the points in beaches to the south, the waves around Trujillo and the beaches of Mancora.

Huanchaco

It is close to Trujillo. This is the place for surfers, body boarders, and wave enthusiasts. These beaches offer a nice selection of beach break and point break.

There are many surf schools offering lessons in Huanchaco. It does matter if you are a beginner or an advanced surfer, they can help you.

Here, it is possible to surf in a boat made of reed that the fishermen of the place use.

Playa Chicama

This place, recognized as the longest, left-breaking wave in the world, is about 20 miles north of Trujillo.

We recommend bringing booties to protect your feet on the rocky parts of the seafloor.

The jewel of Peru is Chicama, and any surf trip to Peru should be focused on this excellent wave.

Mancora

Mancora is a paradise where tourists can surf. This reef break has hollow, fast left waves that range between 3 and 12 feet. It also has the ideal conditions for barrels and tubes.

This place has the perfect combination for a surfer; it means consistent waves and perfect weather.

It is also possible to practice Kitesurfing, shortboarding, longboarding, and bodyboarding.

Surfing has become a very popular activity in Peru since the emergence of the Peruvian Surf Champions. Peru has worldwide champions such as Sofía Mulánovich, 2004 female world champion, Luis Miguel "Magoo" De La Rosa ISA World Masters Surfing Championship 2007 leader, and Cristobal de Col, 2011 World Junior Champion.



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Trujillo: The archeological City (Places of Interest)



Trujillo has barely changed in hundreds of years. It is known as the city of eternal spring because it has a pleasant climate throughout the year. 

This city, located on the northern coast of Peru, is one of the most populated cities in Peru.

Tourists come to this city to know its polychrome buildings, colonial churches, and the pre-Incan archeological sites.  

These archeological sites, dated back 1500 years, are astonishing. Here, we are going to list the most important. 

Chan Chan  

This pre-Columbian archeological site is between Trujillo and Huanchaca. It was the center of the Chan Chan culture.  

This world Heritage-listed ancient is South America’s largest pre-Columbian city. You can tour the 7-square-mile site with a guide knowing its shrines, cemeteries, barns, reservoirs and ceremonial plazas. 

Its citadels are decorated with high reliefs of fish and animal figures and forms. 

Huanchaco 

Huanchaco, located on the coast, is a fishing village and beach town. This place is known for being the home of the caballitos de totora (little red horses), and its small boats made of reed.

These boats have been used by fishermen in Peru for 3.000 years. 

It is a place for surfing lovers. Huanchaco is known for its clean surf. 

Huaco El Dragon 

It is a religious monument close to Chan Chan. It was used as a ceremonial and administrative center. 

The temple of the Dragon, known as Huaco del Arco Iris (Temple of the Rainbow) contains murals of anthropomorphic forms representing the rainbow. 

In this place, you can notice the transition from the Moche Civilization to the Chimú. The Moche civilization died and the Chimú inhabited the region until the Incas came in 1400’s. 

The Adobe Pyramids are amazing. 

Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna 

The temple of the sun and the temple of the moon are considered former sanctuaries and capital of the Mochica Culture. 

This civilization, Moche people, inhabited northern Peru from the 1st to 8th centuries. 

The Huaca del Sol was used for political purposes while the Huaca de la Luna was a religious center. 

A guide can help you to learn about the history and significance of each temple. The walls of these temples are covered with amazing frescoes. 

Trujillo is the perfect place for surfing and archeology. Venture to this coastal city for a diversity of activities.


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What to do in Punta Arenas? (Places of Interest)



In 1513, the discovery of the Pacific Ocean pushed the Europeans into a new adventure trying to find a navigable passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The main idea was to fulfill the Colombus' dream of reaching the East to trade.

Thus, seven years later, the Portuguese Fernando de Magallanes initiated the most ambitious enterprise ever devised by man until then. He found a place that connects both oceans and starts to go around the world after acquiring spices in Asia.

The wonder occurred in November 1520, when the expedition sent from Valladolid, almost a year before, began to sail the Strait of Magellan. It is a place that allows connecting the world to every corner of its own roundness.

The city of Punta Arenas is in the Strait of Magellan, and its foundation was an act of daring. It was a declaration of sovereignty on the part of the austral government. That settlement established the limits of Chile. Today tourists, from all over the world, are grateful for the will of the first settlers because reaching Punta Arenas is one of the most rewarding experiences in Patagonia.

Before the creation of the Panama Canal, Punta Arenas was the point of union between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It explains the splendor that the city lived until 1914. For this reason, its architecture denotes glory and pomp; in fact, there is such a marked European character despite the fact that we are really talking about the last geographical corner of the planet.

Punta Arenas is the world entrance to the Antarctic continent. In fact, at least 15 countries occupy the city as a base port for scientists attracted by the two largest freshwater reserves of the world: Antarctica and the Southern Ice Fields.

It is necessary to know the possibilities that the city offers to enjoy it. It goes from natural expeditions to a cultural life in permanent movement. Then, some of the unavoidable tours that you can enjoy:

Seno Otway Penguin Colony

The journey begins navigating the waters of the Strait of Magellan, where the first discoverers, who accompanied the Portuguese, passed. Transcendental characters as Charles Darwin on his journey to the Galapagos Islands passed through the Strait.

Then visitors must make a trail along the Patagonian steppe to discover ñandúes, wild geese, condors, gulls, eagles, and foxes. Before approaching Otway Seno you have to pass through a coal mine.

In Seno Otway, there is a huge colony of Magellanic Penguins that arrive every year to reproduce.

Ñandú Park

The Ñandú Park is 50 km north of Punta Arenas. There, it is possible to feed and touch these huge flightless birds. In addition, the Patagonian ñandúes, ostriches (introduced from Africa), and Australian emus coexist. But, the contact with the animals goes further because there are alpacas, guanacos, cachañas, and a lot of migratory birds making the experience unforgettable.

 

Punta Arenas Tour

 

There is not another city in the continent with more than 100,000 inhabitants as far south as Punta Arenas. This single fact makes this place a huge attraction. However, there is much more. A tour in this city is to know; for example, the Cerro de la Cruz, where you can understand why Punta Arenas is known as "the city of red roofs”, and to note the contrast between the civilization and the still untamed Strait of Magellan.

The Plaza de Armas and the colonial buildings surrounding also stand out. Nearby, it is also the monument to Ferdinand Magellan and a little further the Museo Salesiano. In the museum, there are exhibitions about the Patagonian tribes that populated the region long before the arrival of European man.
In Punta Arenas, there is also a square in honor of the Croatian migrants and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of the book The Little Prince.

Visiting the Glaciers in the Alberto Agostini National Park

A boat tour is the best way to know the wonders of the Alberto de Agostini park. There, visitors will enjoy the Darwin Mountain Range, the vertebral column of the natural complex (35 kilometers in length). The highest point is a mountain of 2,488 meters.

In the park is the Monte Sarmiento, whose beauty was highlighted by Jules Verne in Twenty Thousand Leagues of an Underwater Journey, and the French Peak, from where the Roncali and Italy glaciers emerge.

Other glaciers can be seen in the park, and they are Pía, Garibaldi, Günter Plushow, Águila, Brooker and the gigantic Marinelli, which is the most extensive of the place and whose main feature is the imposing walls of ice

Visting the Museo Regional de Magallanes

This museum, founded in 1903, currently offers three exhibitions, which are named Period, History and Plinth. The first allows seeing how the Europeanized inhabitants of Punta Arenas lived at the beginning of the 20th century. The second speaks of the relationship between the region and the city. And, the third is about the social differences within the old place that houses the museum.

But, there is also a basement where there are traveling exhibitions.

Enjoy an extreme experience at the Club Andino

In Punta Arenas, it is possible skiing and to practice other snow sports during winter. But the extreme experience does not end in the summertime because there are other activities like trekking, canopying, the mountain bike, and you can also enjoy the beautiful views in a chairlift.

Visit the Chilean Antarctic

A two-hour flight from Punta Arenas takes people to the last place, a site that they never imagine in their entire lives: Antarctica. 1,250 kilometers far there is a military track, where the adventure starts. It is an inhospitable and original adventure that very few have done in the world. 

The main arrival point is Villa Las Estrellas, where there is a hosteria with a capacity for 80 people among scientists, military, and tourists. But, you can also get to Puerto Williams (after 28 hours by boat), where there are more options and amenities in a settlement of 1,600 people.

In the Chilean Antarctic, it is the Russian Base Bellingshausen. There, you can learn about the various scientific studies related to polar auroras and glaciology. You can also enjoy the Torres del Paine National Park with its peculiar fauna, and the cuisine based on king crab, shrimp broth and several types of ceviche.

In any case, Punta Arenas is much more than everything that you can imagine. The possibilities are added while you know in depth the city. Each corner has something to tell, and each property is a museum directly or indirectly. 

 



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Kayaking in Puerto Natales (Sports)



Kayaking is a sporting activity becoming popular in Puerto Natales. It is an amazing experience for relaxing and look within ourselves.

Kayaking is a great way to see some parts with difficult accessibility. You will visit the more secluded areas.

The first thing that you have to do is to contact a tour operator. There are many close to the city.

You can take a tour that starts in Puerto Prat, where the first settlement was founded.

When you arrive on Puerto Prat, the guides will prepare the equipment and give you a talk about the boat's inertia, the paddle, and the pedals. Then the experience will start putting on the lifejackets and sitting in the kayak.

This adventure began on the Señoret  Channel. When you start this journey you think that you are so small compared to the vessels. Then you will go to the Eberhard fjord where you will face a first challenge, the waves.
  
You can see the Última Esperanza on the left side, Puerto Consuelo and the estancia with the same name is in the north.  You can stop in this place, and you will enjoy a warm drink and pastries. 

Then you have to continue paddling towards Villa Luisa, which was the home of Captain Eberhard and his family during the late 19th century. 

During the tour, you can see several local species, cormorants, and ducks.

To finish you will visit Puerto Bories, which is an old gateway for livestock products in times of thriving economy. A museum shows many things related to those times.

At the end, you will be tired but with a smile on your face. This is one of the happiest adventurous activities to do in Puerto Natales.

Kayaking allows you to get a unique perspective of the mountains, glaciers, and icebergs from the water.



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Puerto Natales (Destinations)



Puerto Natales was founded in 1911. It is one of the most important urban places in Patagonia.

In this place, you will face the Patagonian Andes. This spectacular geography has different formations such as valleys, archipelagos, millenary ice fields and fjords. This city has an indescribable architecture and mesmerizing natural landscapes.

Puerto Natales is the gateway to beautiful landscapes like Torres del Paine National Park. In this park, it is the world-famous mountain formations called Torres del Paine and Cuernos del Paine.

From Puerto Natales, you can visit other main tourist attractions such as the Señoret and De Las  Montañas Channels,  Balmaceda and Toro Lakes, Dorothea, Pratt, and Balmaceda Mounts, Sofía, Diana, and Dorothea Lagoons, Almirant Montt Gulf, De Los Cisnes and Guanaco Islands, Port Bories and Port Consuelo, Del Kirke Pass, Antonio Varas Peninsula, the Serrano and Tres Pasos Rivers, Bernardo O´Higgins and Los Glaciares National Parks, Balmaceda Serrano, and Pío XI Glaciers, and the Mylodon Cave Natural Monument.

There are many places to visit, but we are going to list some of the most important.

Bernardo O’Higgins National Park

The wildlife is abundant due to its native forest that grows in the middle of the fjords. This area is the home of the Kawésqar people.

Glaciers are the main attraction; and here, you will find boat tours to behold the Glaciers' magnificence. It is an unforgettable experience.

In addition, It is also possible to know the park on horseback.

Cueva del Milodon Natural monument

This is a site of paleontological interest. It consists of three caves which have their remains intact. The legend says that the rock, known as the "Devil's Chair", was used by the Mylodon as a throne.

You can take some time to have a picnic in this area because there are special places to eat in the middle of nature.

Dorothea Hill

Dorothea Hill is a place for trekking. Once at the top, you will be amazed by the views.

From there, you can see the city of Puerto Natales, the Última Esperanza fjord and the Admiral Montt Gulf.

Sailing through the Balmaceda and Serrano Glacier

To admire the grandeur of these virgin lands you have to visit these glaciers. The trip begins on Puerto Bories jetty. In this tour, you can see colonies of cormorants and sea lions.

You can see the Balmaceda Glacier from the boat, but if you want to visit Serrano  Glacier you have to take a short walk around the lake.

Puerto Natales is an amazing place to enjoy of the magnanimity of the Glaciers.



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