Los Órganos, known locally as just Órganos, is an up-and-coming beach spot. Named after the wind, which makes an organ-like sound against the eroded rock walls of Punta Veleros (Sailboat Point), Órganos has a more remote feel than its neighboring towns. The town’s accommodations are on the beach, slightly away from the center of town, and are good options for families and surfers wanting peace and quiet.
A three- to eight-meter pipeline forms off Punta Veleros, slightly south of the main beach, November–March and a beginner’s wave (July–February) a bit north.
Órganos has one of the few deep-water fishing boats in the area, the Cristina, a 10-meter wooden fishing boat. The boat can handle up to four passengers and charges US$350 for six hours, US$450 for eight hours, and US$550 for 10–12 hours, though price is negotiable. All drinks and food are included, and cebiche is made on the spot.
The best fishing is about 5–25 miles off the coast, where you can catch black and striped marlin, mahi mahi, and tuna. Reservations can be made by calling 073/85-7103 in Órganos, 01/368-1844 in Lima, or by email at prodexco [at] infonegocios [dot] com. The best fishing is December–April and again in July and August.
Getting to Los Órganos
The easiest way to arrive in Órganos is from Tumbes, either via airport taxi (US$25, 1.5 hours, 127 km) or via the frequent colectivos from Transportes Carrucho, at the intersection of Tumbes and Piura. The ride costs around US$3 and takes two hours with stops along the way. Once dropped off in town, take a US$0.75 motocar to the beaches on the south end of town.
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