Pacasmayo is in Peru.
Pacasmayo is a city and port of around 40,000 people, in the La Libertad region of Peru. It lies around 100km North of Trujillo, in the 681km of the Pan America North. It is a very popular surfing location for locals and international surfers. Pacasmayo hosts big national and international water sports competitions. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are also becoming popular and the development of water sport tourism is a big part of the municipalities projects for the area. It has small but beautiful malecon (promenade), a pier which is part of the history of the area, nice beaches and wonderful 19th century houses. The economy of the city is driven by artesian fishing, tourism, and notably, the presence of the second biggest cement company in the country. The agricultural industry is also making its presence felt by occupying arid zones and transforming them into rich and productive areas.
Pacasmayo is by the Pan America with connections to northern cities such as Chiclayo and many more, as well as southern ones like Trujillo. Many buses from Lima such as from Cruz del Sur make a stop here on the way to other destinations.
Much of Pacasmayo is easily coverable by foot. There are loads of moto-taxis (tuk-tuks) which can take you around. They are at the bus station and all over town. There are also combos which can take you to other nearby locations.
Beaches The beaches of Pacasmayo are the main draw for tourists, with great tranquility and beautiful sights. The water and sand is clean. There are also a lot of good waves and wind, which makes these beaches one of the most popular in Peru for surfers and water sport fans alike. Besides the main beach there are four other popular spots. They are:
La Pena Larga: Located south of the main beach. It is popular with bathers and people who enjoy fishing.
Playa El Techito: Located in between La Pena Larga (north of it) and Playa el Faro (south of it), this beach is ideal for not just surfing but windsurfing as well due to a good combination of wind and waves.
Playa El Faro: Located south of El Techito, this beach derives its name from the lighthouse nearby. It has great waves, which draws surf competitions, with some of the best national and international surfers.
Playa Junco Marino: Located to the north of the city, it is a highly visited beach in the summer. There are recreational centers, in which dance activities are performed with some of the best orchestras in the country.
Plazas Pacasmayo accounts for six plazas, spread out across town in which to walk around, relax and people watch. They are: -Plaza de Armas (central plaza): Has a lot of beautiful 19th century houses around it and is great to walk around at night. There are a few restaurants nearby as well.
-Plazuela Miguel Grau
-Plazauela Francisco Bolognesi
-Plazuela del Nino
-Ovalo San Martin
-Paseo de la Amistad La Paz e Integracion: This is one of the nicest plazas of the city, which contains various fountains. It is very well light at night and perfect for an evening walk. It is near the bus station and a supermarket.
-This promenade was originally constructed in 1898 and has gone through various renovations throughout the years, the last of which occurred in 1999. It is a lovely pedestrian walkway; full of benches to sit on to enjoy the scenery and of the Peruvian coast. Alongside the malecon there are many wooden houses, which were pre-fabricated in the USA. It has a few stalls selling different things from churos to popcorn to snacks and sodas.
El Mirador y El Cristo Resucitado
-Built in 1983 this statue of Christ built on top of a small hill overlooks Pacasmayo, mimicking somewhat Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. This spot has a great view of the sea and all of Pacasmayo.
El Muelle (the pier)
-The jetty of Pacasmayo is approximately 137 years old, built in 1870. It originally had a length of 672.30 meters in length, 10.6 in width. Continual damage sustained by the sea made it shorter and shorter. It originally contained train tracks on it. It also plays testament to the history of Peru. During the War of the Pacific, on the 11th of October 1880 over 2000 Chilean troops disembarked through use of the jetty. Its current length is 544 meters.
Surfing![] The combination of the wind and the waves make it a great place for surfing. There are a number of beaches which are very popular and have some of the best waves in Peru, especially the El Faro beach. El Techito beach is also good for windsurfing and kite surfing.
Restaurante Da Vinci
La Pietra: Best pizza in town
Hotel El Mirador[]: Good value, good quality and very popular with surfers. This hotel has a diverse range of rooms from a dorm room, to singles, matrimonial rooms, triples and a suite. The hotel is clean, has free wifi in every room, most of the rooms have LCD screens of 30 inches, some of 40. Some include Direct TV. The hotel offers incredible food, and each rooms offers a full board option. Every room has a private bathroom with hot and cold shower.
There is one police station on Dos de Mayo right by the Parque Infantil 'Benjamin Kauffmann Doig'. The firemen's corp is on Ayacucho. Banco de la Nacion is on Av 28 de Julio. Banco continental is located on Dos de Mayo before the police station. There is a Banco Azteca on the intersection of Adolfo King and Junin. Banco de Credito de Peru is located on the western end of Ayacucho. Totus is a big supermarket and is located in front of the Paseo de La Amistad. The central market is located on Dos de Mayo, one block behind Plazuela Miguel Grau.
Trujillo and its ruins are only around 1:30 hours away. Chiclayo is also 1:30 away.