Over the national reserve, just 3 hours south of Lima, the wind vigorously blows across the vast desert creating some extreme locations and diverse kitesurfing zones. In this blog post, we will be giving a summary of each kitesurfing location along with information and tips for around the Paracas area.
Please note: that some areas are forbidden, and we must respect the nature reserve and protect the wildlife to be able to continue enjoying this ultimate playground.
We are blessed with consistent wind all year, due to the amazing thermal effect we have in the hot desert combined with the cool Humboldt current.
The wind usually starts in the North direction which never normally builds past 10 knots, which is great for Hydro-foiling during the mornings. Then, around midday, after the sun has heated up the ground, the wind will then switch to the South and will continue to climb steadily throughout the day.
Low season (May-Aug) 60% Wind Probability
High season (Sep-May) Wind most days!
Peak season ( Dec-Mar) Most tourists, Peruvian summer.
Cross Off shore |Flat water
Paracas Bay is the best option in the area without a doubt. It is extremely convenient being so close to the town with world class conditions. The spot is sitting right on the edge of the national reserve and is free to access. You can find Kitesurfing schools, a Car Park, a Cafe and bathroom facilities.
Here the water is shared with Dolphins, sea lions, turtles, flamingos along with other water sports enthusiasts like Sailors, Windsurfers, Stand up paddlers and other beach users.
You can find the location by either Googling Perukite or following the link here 👇 https://goo.gl/maps/AT3k6JAYKFz. We advice speaking to one of our friendly staff members before riding so they can explain how the spot works.
There will be beach users during the weekends with very few during the weekdays. The busiest season is from January through to April. Otherwise, this spot is uncrowded and you can often find the bay to yourself.
What makes this spot so great is the combination of multiple factors that create the bay, for instance. The bay is surrounded by large dramatic sand dunes but miraculously, there is a large enough gap between two very large dunes that allows the wind to flow freely enough for us to enjoy. Thank you universe 🙏
Also, because of these large dunes, the wind compresses together creating a Venturi effect which, in turn, increases the wind.
Please note: Due to this, At the bottom end of the bay, the wind will significantly drop. Furthermore, The Bay is a U shape meaning it is ultra safe making it very hard to drift out to open sea and lose your equipment.
The bay is protected by a large peninsular as shown on the map. This creates a huge flat water bay with a shallow entrance that gradually slopes into deeper water, making it a great location for many users.
The water will remain flat when wind speeds are between 10 and 20 knots. Small chop starts to appear when the wind picks up to 20 knots and some small kickers in the middle of the bay arrive when above 25 Knots.
At the furthest upwind point of the bay there is a Speed strip offering world class freestyle conditions when the wind is in the right direction, and if you follow the coast for a couple of kilometers you will even discover a hidden bay.
Note: These areas are more exposed to the open ocean so self-rescue is a must! This spot works best in offshore conditions and can be very gusty when Cross-shore.
Paracas Sand storm
Paracas translates into Raining sand, and now I know why after experiencing my first sandstorm here. When the wind blows over 30 knots it can be quite an experience, It … literally … Rains… sand!
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When the wind speed is above 25 knots, it is then possible to downwind from Paracas Bay to Pisco. The journey is around 15 kilometers and can take up to 1 hour to complete.
Note: A Guide is recommended as there are some wind shadows and limited landing options when arriving into Pisco.
The National Reserve
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to land on the moon? Well, you don’t need a rocket to get there! Join us, on one of our Guided Surfaris to get more from your Paracas experience. There are many more spots to be discovered, here 👇 are our Top 4 kiteboarding locations inside the reserve waiting to be explored by YOU!
Note: A guide is highly recommended as there is NO phone signal inside the reserve, many off-road tracks, restricted areas, and forbidden kitesurfing zones. Sometimes you may even find yourself completely alone.
Entrance fee: 11 soles per person
Side shore |Waves | Open ocean
The best kite SURF spot in town! You can find waves that are long, clean, and sometimes even with a nice tube formed by the side shore wind. They can break anywhere from 1 to 7 feet high, with a nice clear area downwind from the point. So even if you lose your kite or board, you are safe.
The beach is full of pebbles with plenty of space to launch and land.
Note: Here you can find Sea Urchins and some rocks in the water.
Cross off-shore |Beach break | Open Ocean
Only 25 minutes into the reserve is a beautiful wide beach with cross-offshore wind and a beach break. This spot is really fun as it has nice kickers and small waves to play on even for newbies. The Landscape is incredible and you will hardly find anyone around, just a few weekend riders from Lima…… maybe.
In this spot, you will regularly see sea lions and been blown away by the dramatic dunes. The beach is very wide with loose soft sand (Parking 100 meters from the beach is advised)
Note: The wind can be quite gusty here as it flows over large dunes so be careful and take a wide range of kites. Self-rescue is a must.
Cross off -shore | Flat water |Open ocean
Mendieta is just around the corner from Playon however offers completely different conditions. Here you will find flat water with small chop/swell only appearing as you ride further out. This is an advanced spot due to the Huge rock formations in the water and cross-offshore winds.
The beach has soft sand with plenty of space to launch and land safely. The water starts shallow and quickly deepens.
Note: Stay very clear from any rocks and a self rescue is a must!
Cross On shore | Flat water Lagoon
Saving the best to last, we finally get to Laguna Grande! A lagoon so perfect, I still cannot believe our luck!
Driving 1 hour deep into the reserve we reach the final spot, flat water heaven. The water ranges from a very shallow entrance to waist deep water within the first 300 meters and then deeper water in the middle of the bay.
This spot is ultra safe with soft sand around the lagoon making it an ideal location to learn kiteboarding.
Note: Here you will find some sharp shells, very few, but water booties are advised.
That’s it for our Paracas Kiteboarding spots .. for now!
There are many more spots, some forbidden, some not and some we still haven’t even discovered yet. I could sit here all day and keep telling you about these epic spots, but, you will just have to come and see for yourself, and… Experience the South, with Perukite.