The Southern Coast Travel Guide



Plan Your The Southern Coast Vacation

From vineyards to arid coastal desert, surf beaches to rolling sand dunes, the area south of Lima is wild, contradictory, and fascinating. Jump a bus on the Pan-American Highway, which cuts a black ribbon of concrete south all the way to Chile, and you'll see mile after mile of nothing but sand, cactus, and wind-torn brush clinging to the stark, rocky earth.


The Southern Coast Hotels

Accommodations in southern Peru range from luxury resorts to spartan hostals that run less than S/30 per night. Hotels rated $$$$ usually have more more


The Southern Coast Restaurants

Casual dress is the order of the day. Reservations are seldom necessary. If you're on a budget, look for the excellent-value set menus at lunchtime, more

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Things To Do in The Southern Coast

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


The Southern Coast Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Mysteries in the Desert: Marvel over the mysterious Nazca Lines, giant shapes and figures etched into the desert floor by an enigmatic ancient... Read more

  • Surfing

    South of Lima you'll find a string of sandy beaches, most of them backed by massive sand dunes. The water is cold and rough, the waves are big... Read more

  • Area Tours

    In Ica, Pelican Travel Service offers tours of the city and can arrange trips to Paracas National Park and the Nazca Lines. One fellow you can't... Read more

  • Pisco Country

    El pisco es Peruano! And don't try to tell the locals any different. This clear brandy that takes its name from the port town of Pisco is Peru's... Read more


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