Arequipa is one of the main tourist destinations in Peru. National and foreign visitors flock to this southern region attracted by the architectural beauty of its capital city, as well as by the scenic beauty of its countryside and gorges, such as the Colca.
However, many people don't know that Arequipa has another great attraction, its beaches. There are 328 miles of coastline on which the districts of Mollendo, Quilca, Atiquipa, Yauca and Quilca offer paradisaical beaches, impressive views and a great diversity of fauna and flora.
Catarindo, the hidden paradise
This beach is located in the province of Islay, just over a mile north of the district of Mollendo. Just looking at it is a delight due to its fine white sand and calm sea, especially in summer. It's a perfect place to go with family or friends. Boating, diving and fishing are some of the best options among the activities you can do.
Journey to the heart of the fun
Another beach that dazzles with its beauty, like something from a painting, is Honoratos. The magic of this place begins by just getting there: you have to travel by boat from the port of Matarani (25 miles). Upon arrival, one can appreciate an earthly paradise of crystalline water surrounded by rock formations. The La Huata and Acupita coves are part of this destination. You can walk around them and watch penguins and sea lions.
Oasis in Caravelí
Jihuay beach is located in the district of Atiquipa, in the province of Caravelí. Its mixture of transparent water, white sand and rocky areas, with green hills decorating the background, make it a genuine oasis in which to spend an unforgettable moment of relaxation. Its appeal doesn't stop there. Nearby are the Ocopa and Silaca ravines; and to the south is the penguin lookout point from where you can also spot sea lions, otters and dolphins.
Natural pools in Yauca
Still in Caravelí, but in the district of Yauca, is Tanaka beach. The charm of this resorts lies in its natural pools, formed by rocks and cliffs. Visitors can swim in its calm waters accompanied by small fish, as if they were in an aquarium. And for those who prefer more action, there is usually enough wind on the beach to practice sports such as windsurfing, kayaking and sailing.
The cove of San José, beach of the stars
A place not to be missed in Camaná, in the district of Quilca, is the cove of San José, which can only be reached by boat, in a journey that takes an hour and 40 minutes from the port of Quilca. The trip is definitely worth it because this resort boasts a beautiful white sandy beach, crystal clear water and a blue sky. Some tourists say you can even see shooting stars at night. Here there is a whole range of wildlife such as seals, penguins, chuitas (red-billed birds) and Inca terns.
Attracted by La Miel
This beach, known as La Miel, is also located in Camaná and is a favorite place for those who enjoy camping all year round. One of the attractions of its beach is the warm and calm water, making it the perfect place to relax with the family.
In contact with nature
In Mollendo, on the way to Moquegua, you will come across Mejía beach, encompassed by calm waters and traditional buildings. A few minutes away is the Lagunas de Mejía National Sanctuary, which acts as the natural habitat for resident and migratory birds. Yet another great alternative to visit during your vacation.
Did you know?
- Tanaka Beach is named after a Japanese fisherman who was very much loved by the people of Yauca.
Sources: El Comercio / La Repúbica