South of the city of Lima are dozens of beaches on an irregular desert coastline that are visited by thousands of Limeños in the summer months. The first set of beaches outside of the city are in the Lurín valley and continue down to the famous beaches at Asia and then towards the edge of the Lima region. Bays, sandy beaches, peninsulas, cliffs, and rocks, the coast spans hundreds of kilometres and has it all.
Surfers have it good here, with empty beaches available if you drive far enough south, and good waves year round.
Development of the coast has been taking place since the 70’s. Along the coast you can find condominiums for the rich walled-off from the shanty houses of the poor that live along the Pan American highway.
We travelled further south than Asia, to Cerro Azul, more than halfway to the Ica region. Being from the UK, I still haven’t got used to desert beaches – in the UK everything is green and the only sand is on the beach.
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