Peru is an incredible country! With stunning wildlife, and incredible culture throughout. Paracas in Peru is a super reliable wind destination, which has few days a year with no wind at all. There is almost always enough wind for kitesurfing!
The shallow bay of Santo Domingo is perfect for learners, and there are loads of spots to satisfy even the most experienced kiter.
Peru has practices running deep, around 5000 years to be more precise, which is what makes this such a historically interesting and cultured country. A Kitesurfing holiday in Peru needn't be just about the kitesurfing, but can be combined with some incredible tours, hikes, and sightseeing. One of the best known is the Inca Trail, which is Peru's best known hike, and takes you up the to historical Machu Piccu. Along the way combining a stunning mix of Inca ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud-forest and rich subtropical jungle. Over 250 species of orchid have been counted in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, as well as numerous birds such as hummingbirds, waterfowl and the majestic Andean Condor.
Peru is also very close to the Galapagos Islands, famous for the home of Charles Darwin, and a world famous dive site for the huge variety of wildlife that roam the islands and surrounding seas.
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The Kite spot in Paracas is based in Santo Domingo bay where you will find perfect, safe learning conditions. The bay is U-shaped which is ultra safe combine with the cross shore winds, as no matter what happens you will always end up back on the beach. The water in the bay is mainly shallow enough for you to stand, which makes learning and teaching very easy!
The flat water in the bay is perfect for freestyle and speed. Whilst the wave spots along the coast are amazing for wave riders. From small waves which are a great introduction to wave riding, up to waves that would satisfy experienced wave riders.
Paracas is an ideal kitesurf holiday destination to take kids as there is plenty of good quality accommodation right by the spot, some even with kids clubs, such as the Double Tree. There are loads of interesting activities which a family can enjoy together, such as boat trips, and seeing the vast wildlife.
Peru itself is a great place to take children and teenagers, as they can experience a country with incredible culture, and a different way of living. The outstanding beauty and unusual animals that can be spotted will be equally as entertaining.
The best wind is between September and the first few weeks of May with regular wind speeds of 18-20 knots, sometimes higher, sometimes a bit less but you can expect to ride 6 out of 7 days at least.
Summer is between October and May, which peaks in February, when the air temperature is around 31 degrees. Most people don't wear a wetsuit between December and March, however if you feel the cold easily, a shortie is reccomended. The most commonly used kites between October and May are 9 and 10 metres, however 12 metres are not unheard of, and neither are 7 metres.
The wind usually starts around 11 am and will often last till 6:30 pm when night falls. From 11 to 1:30 pm the wind is at it's cleanest. From 1:30 to 3:30 gusts will raise 5 knots on average, and from 3:30 till night it will be at it's strongest but still clean.
Between May and September you can expect to ride 4 out of 7 days, with winds between 16-18 knots, however some days can exceed 30 knots.
The wind is called Paracas and that's what gives the name to the place (Rain of sand in Quechua which is the language of the Incas).
From May to October is the winter, which peaks in July with 18 degrees air temperature. Throughout the winter a 3 mm wetsuit is reccommended as over cast days can be cooler. A 12 metre kite is recommended for this time of year. The wind starts around 1:30 pm and will last till 5:30 pm without much gusty wind, unless there is a 'Paracas' when you can always rent you a 7 or a 6 if you are willing to go riding in the middle of the sand storm which can be fun, but is only for experienced kitesurfers.
WindGuru, and other weather sites are not always correct, and you should not take them literally at all as Paracas has a very complex wind system which is not read by these sites.
The evenings in Paracas are generally chilled out and mellow. There are lots of beach front restaurants in the small town El Chaco, next to Paracas, where you will also find lively bars. Lots of the hotels in Paracas have great restaurants open to the public. La Hacienda also has live music on a friday night, along with a charming restaurant.