Caleta San José, located in the Arequipa province of Camaná, is one of the most beautiful places on the Peruvian coast. The reasons: the soft sound of the waves and its fine sand.
To get to this point you need to navigate an hour and 45 minutes from the port of Quilca, 2 hours from the center of Arequipa. Due to the tranquility of its waters, this is the ideal trip for kayaking, diving or fishing from a raft. A highly attractive itinerary for water lovers.
If you want to spend a few days as a couple or with friends, in this place you will find a hostel that bears the same name as the cove of Arequipa, and that offers 3-day packages from S/600 per person. The tour includes transfers from Quilca, a room with a sea view, as well as tours to visit nearby coves and beaches.
Also visit Punta Hornillos -6 km from Caleta San José- where you will find pelicans, sea lions and Humboldt penguins. Complete your stay with a succulent ceviche.
To really be on this beach is to disconnect from everything, because there is no cell phone signal, no Internet, and no landline. Therefore, staying in this cove is to have fun such as swimming, fishing, diving, kayaking, among others. While at night you can enjoy the clarity of the stars.
The only way to get to this place is by boat. A hostel on its shores awaits anyone who wants to enjoy this paradise. This tourist hostel belongs to Arequipa residents Gonzalo Llerena, Mauricio Mendoza del Solar and partners, who have been living there for 13 years, starting with a scallop farming business.
It has bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, nine bungalows, with private bathrooms and all water, sewage and energy services.
Know that this hostel is ecological, so much so that the drainage does not go to the sea, but rather to a system of underground wells, where the wastewater is treated.
The hosts present the visitor with a gastronomy based on marine products, such as pork rinds, olive octopus, fried fish, etc.
It should be noted that the amount of marine fauna that can be seen throughout the area is impressive, such as penguins, sea seals, tendrils and chuitas. And among the fish are the cabrilla, the cherlo, octopus, the tolinas, the pejegallo and the grape eye. Meanwhile, sometimes with luck you can see dolphins and whales offshore.
From Camaná you can take a bus to Caleta de Quilca, and from there embark on a boat to Caleta San José for two and a half hours, these can be rented in Quilca itself or in Matarani.
If you are in the Plaza de Armas of the city of Arequipa, it will take you approximately 2 hours and 29 minutes to arrive by car. Google Maps shows you the way.
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