Lobitos – Peru’s Next Big Beach Town

Lobitos is located on Peru’s north coast, just a few hours south of Mancora. Currently, Lobitos is an isolated destination that isn’t easy to reach. However, like many beach towns in Peru, South America and around the world, Lobitos is gaining popularity for it’s amazing waves.

It seems to be that surfers, always on the hunt for perfect, empty waves, are at the core of many beach town discoveries. Names like Mancora and Pacasmayo were locations for surfers long before other tourists floated in, and the same is happening with Lobitos at the moment.


We travelled by local bus to Lobitos from Mancora in May, 2013. We simply went to the Mancora bus station and booked the next bus to Talara, a major town just south of Lobitos. There were stops at Organos and El Alto on the way. Buses left every hour or so.

Read more: Mancora beach – Backpacker hot spot

Once in Talara, we caught a scooter taxi to the kombi stop and asked for a ride to Lobitos. It was around 10-15 soles per person, but prices could vary driver to driver.


If you aren’t all about surf, Lobitos might not be for you just yet. Much of it is under construction – even the road in – and many amenities aren’t yet available. If you are a surfer, get ready for a great selection of waves!

Read more: Surfing the Northern Points of Peru

Accommodation options are varied, but you can be sure they won’t offer the comforts of Pariwana Hostel just yet. Ask your kombi driver to drop you off at a hostel in your price range.