Located in Pimentel, on Peru’s north coast, 15 minutes from Chiclayo by car and 40 minutes from Lima by plane.
Actual address 102 Pasaje Miraflores, 3 houses in from beach on private street.
This is a lovely 1500 sq. ft. (150 sq meter) , 2 bedroom 3 full bath, plus roof deck house and ground floor patio which was completely renovated in 2001. Kitchen, dining, living area and ½ bath are on first floor along with a large patio and adjoining laundry room. The bedrooms, each with private full bath, plus the den and an area with a trundle bed that sleeps two are on second floor. The house therefore can sleep six comfortably. The master bedroom has a direct view of the ocean. The third floor has a roof deck with ocean views.
The house comes completely and tastefully furnished with all the necessities you may need, including two (2) Cable TVs with over 100 stations in English (CNN & BBC as well as movie channels and American TV show, Spanish. German, Portuguese, Italian, French and Chinese and Japanese, and two (2) DVD players.
Daily maid service can be provided for $15 per day (not live in.) She will clean the house and do laundry for you. All meals can be provided at an extra cost of $25 per day, per person. (All items mentioned on this website for this house rental are in U.S. Dollars.) A chauffeur and car is available for excursions, day trips, etc.
This is a non-smoking house, but you can smoke on the roof deck and/or on the first floor patio.
Telephone and internet connections are readily available a 5 minute walk away on the main plaza of Pimentel. These can be installed by us for long term rentals for a nominal fee.
Pimentel is a lovely, peaceful, relaxing beach community that has lots of weekend visitors during the summer (January, February and March). It is very quiet and peaceful during the weekdays in their summer and all the time from April to December. Pimentel is not a beach resort. If you are looking for golf courses, spas, parasailing, etc, then Pimentel is not for you. But if you are looking for a relaxing, simple, easy and affordable beach community, Pimentel is for you.
RATES: Rates for April 15 - December 15 are $900 per week. Rates for December 15 - April 15 are $1,000 per week and higher because of the seasonal holidays and it is summer in Peru. Rates at this time depend upon number of days you rent and number of people in your party. The rate at this time is $1,000 for 1 - 4 people for one week. Additonal $100 per week per person up to 6 people maximum.
A 50% (fifty per cent) non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance of your dates. Money Orders or Cashier's Checks are accepted and will have to be mailed to our USA address. The remaining 50% can be paid in cash on your first or second day at the house to one of our relatives who live around the corner. They speak English and will be very helpful orienting you to the area and answering any questions you might have.
Pimentel started out as a quaint fishing village that grew to become the summer home for wealthy families from Chiclayo and now has year around residents. Our family was the first year around resident.
The beach is wide, 300 feet, and on the outskirts of Pimental you will find some small sand dunes. The middle of town has a pier that people love to fish from.
The nearest city is Chiclayo and it is Peru’s 3rd largest city. There is daily airline service between Lima and Chiclayo. The huge market, Mercado Modelo, is one of the most interesting in Peru because of its “brujo” (witch doctor) stalls with their herbs and dried plants, bones, bits of animals and other healing charms. You can also buy fresh fruits and vegetables here. Chiclayo also has modern supermarkets, movie theatres and casinos.
This 7 minute Youtube video captures images of the house, town and area:
Pimentel has its own small Mercado a mere 5 minute walk away from this beach house. Here you will find fresh fish, fruits and vegetables as well as meats. There are a few restaurants in Pimentel, one El Pato, is around the corner from our beach house. Its specialty is Pervian food: cerviche, carne de parilla, and fresh fish for about $5 per person. There are a half dozen other small restaurants in the town who also deliver food to our door.
Surfing is a year round activity in this area of Peru. An hour away lies Puerto Chicama, a small port famous for its surf and it has the longest left-handed wave in the world. Surfers from around the world go there. About 2 hours away surfing town is Pacasmayo. During our last visit there we had lunch on the boardwalk at an al fresco restaurant and watched American and European surfers.
A 10 minute drive, or a 90 minute walk on the beach, away lies Santa Rosa and San Jose. Both are small fishing villages and it is interesting to watch the men manually haul their fairly large (40 feet long) fishing boats into and out of the ocean. Santa Rosa has one of Peru's largest fish markets and is well worth a visit. You must get there before 6:30AM. It's the equivalent to the Fulton Fish Market in NYC. Lots of activity. Take your camera!
This area of Peru is known for its small individual fishing boats called “caballitos” (little horses). Fishermen ride on these totora reed boats, hence the name. They were the inspiration for Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300 mile journey from Peru to Polynesia to prove that the first settlers in the South Pacific were from the Americas.
In fact, he lauched his Kon Tiki from the Pimentel beach.
Two other towns are only minutes away, Puerto Eten and Monsefu. Both are worth a visit, especially Monsefu for its handicrafts of basketwork, embroidery and woodwork.
However, most visitors to this area come to see the famous archaeological sites. There are two world class museums within an hour’s drive and both are only a few years old. Some say these are the most impressive museums in all of South America.
The newest opened on August 9, 2003 and is called Royal Tombs of Sipan. It exhibits the most important archaeological remains of the Mochica culture in an exceptional exhibition displaying the jewels, emblems and ornaments found in 1987 in the tomb of a Mochica government leader called the Lord of the Sipan.
The Sican Museum opened in 2002 and holds the artifacts found in two burials within the adobe pyramid of Huaca Loro, in an area better known as Batan Grande, not far from the m, not far from the museum. The culture these artifacts correspond to is known as Sican. The Sican culture developed from 750AD as descendants of the Moche (100-800AD) and predecessors of the later Chimu cultures (100-1400AD). The gold, silver and semi-precious stone artifacts and accessories are beautifully displayed in the museum that has won architectural awards.
Also nearby you will find the 28 pyramids of Tucume and the Brunning Museum with its archaeological artifacts from the Chimu, Moche, Chavin and Vicus cultures.
A day trip will bring you to Chan Chan outside of Peru’s 4th largest city, Trujillo, about 3 hours from Pimentel. Trujillo is a lovely city with a magnificent central plaza. Chan Chan is the huge ruined capital of the Chimu Empire built around 1300AD and covers 9 sq. miles. It is the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the largest mud city in the world. Some of its walls reach the height of 25 feet. The Chimu Empire stretched for over 600 miles along the Peruvian coast. They fell to the Incas in the 1476.
You can spend the night in Trujillo and then travel 3 hours south to see Sechin, one of the oldest ruins in the Americas, built in 1600BC. That’s 3,600 years ago! If you do so, then you will probably either want to spend the night in Casma, the nearest city that has one good hotel called El Faro, or you could drive back to Trujillo.
Summer (January-March) is about 80 to 85 degrees farenheit during the day and 70 at night. Breezes from the ocean keep it cool. April – June and October – December are mild, 75 during the day and 65 at night. The winter (July-September) is cool, 65 –70 during the day and 55 –60 at night.
Pimentel is safe and offers its visitors a chance to savor a life that is far different from the modern day world. In the morning you will wake up to fresh bread being delivered to your door and you can take breakfast on the roof deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Our beach house offers the visitor the chance to relax by the Pacific Ocean, take long walks on the beach to other towns probably without seeing another person on the walk, and eat fresh fish caught by the fishermen on their caballitos. It also offers you a lovely home from which to plan cultural excursions and learn about the pre-Inca cultures.
TESTIMONIAL #1: "The accommodations were beautiful. The house was everything that you described and more. We were very comfortable and felt great to be in a "home". It was less expensive than staying in a hotel would have been, yet the accommodations were absolutely first class. If we were to travel to the area again, we would certainly do it the exact same way. Everything with the house was wonderful." Prof. Kevin Doyle, Soccer Coach, Creighton University, Omaha, NE on his visit during World Cup September 2005. Contact: email@example.com
TESTIMONIAL #2: "We realy enjoyed our stay at this home, it was clean, beautifully appointed and in a nice, safe area. The beach is lovely and you can walk in either direction all day. We highly recommend a stay here on any vacation to Peru. You won't be disappointed. Jim Nilson and Sandy Campbell, Winnipeg, Canada, January 2006. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIAL #3: "Casa Mariha is the perfect retreat while visiting Peru. It is perfectly appointed with every convenience. I was in the area on business and was able to "set up shop" on the top floor patio with the ocean in view as well as in the master suite, again with the ocean in view. I opted for housekeeping services and meals and was very pleased with the friendly help and efficient service. I had more than enough to eat and fresh avocados every day, for me Paradise. The beach, just a few steps away from the house, is deep and wide and in the winter months when I stayed, hardly a soul around, except for the few brave surfers. The neighborhood is delightful and the town one of the most peaceful I've enjoyed in Peru. Great accommodations and Maripi and her husband Harry are wonderful people to know and do business with." July 2006. Contact: David Brillhart, professional photograher and director, email@example.com, http://www.brillhart.com/
TESTIMONIAL #4: "We had a phenomenal time! Pimentel and Chiclayo are indeed the capitals of friendliness. The archaeological wealth of the region rivals Egypt! It certainly was a pleasure to enjoy the people, food, traditions, weather and culture of the area in the grand style that your very comfortable house afforded. We will visit again." August 2006. Contact Gustavo Paz-Pujalt of Goldman Sachs, New York, firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIAL #5: "The house is very nicely decorated, very inviting and comfortable. The maid prepared wonderful meals for us each day. Everyone was helpful. Maripi's family lives around the corner and and they were very attentive to us. We enjoyed the museums and the archelogical sites." January 2007. Contact Mr. and Mrs. Landskis, email@example.com
TESTIMONIAL #6: "We rented this beautiful house for five weeks in February 2007. We took advantage of the maid service and the chuaffeur service, both of which were very good. The owners helped us plan excursions in the area and Marinera (typical Peruvian) dance classes for my wife. The weather was perfect. We enjoyed our time there immensely." Contact Mr. and Mrs. Wyman of California, Winter 07. firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIAL #7: "The beach house in Pimentel far exceeded our expectations, especially the
outdoor shower and lovely rooftop lounge. We cooked daily in the nice kitchen after viewing a number of archaelogical sites. The house was the best part of our 10 day trip in Peru. We both look forward to spending another trip at thisspecial home." David Brady, Los Angels, CA Spring, 07. http://www.bradyart.com/ email@example.com
TESTIMONIAL #8: "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Mariha. We had spent the previous two weeks trekking around Peru and to have such a wonderful place to relax and recover was just perfect. The house was even more beautiful than the photos or the description on the website led us to believe. The house has high quality furnishings, has been tastefully decorated and has a terrific maid service. Maripi’s family lives just around the corner and provided us with advice and help when we needed it. One of their friends even took us on a surfing trip. Our two children loved Pimentel and safely spent hours playing on the beach and exploring. Because Pimentel is close to the Sipan Museum and archeological sites and is easily reached by air from Lima, it is an ideal place to stay and explore this part of Peru. We highly recommend Casa Mariha to any traveler. " Garry and Joanne Rochow, Perth, Western Australia. Summer 07. firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIAL #9: "I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to stay in Casa Mariha. It was a treat to escape to a beach that is not a tourist area, a beach that is peceful and safe. Close to a city, 20 minutes to the airport, and to stay in such a nice house. Casa Mariha is well equipped, very comfortable and so convenient. You can walk to restaurants, farmers markets and seafood markets. I have lived in Costa Rica for 6 years and have traveled Central and South America extensively and I find Peru and its people unlike anything I ever experienced. You will find: History, Architecture, Culture, Mountains, Desert, Jungle, Beaches and more. Prospective renters should feel free to contact me. Winter 2008. email@example.com
TESTIMONIAL #10: "Casa Mariha, was for us the most idyllic setting for our holiday, beautifully appointed and very close to the beach. We were looking for a quiet recluse and Pimentel is a small village, quiet and safe. Great fresh food markets and amazing sunsets over the Pacific. It's a good base for visiting the archeological sites that abound in all directions. We recommend Casa Mariha to all. Thank you Harry and Maripi Goldman." The Llewellyn Family, Australia, spring 2008 firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIAL #11: "We walked on the beach, took photos of the wonderful little straw boats. We shopped at the local markets and ate at the local El Pato Restaurant as well as several others along the ocean promenade. The people were lovely and helpful and the owner's family who live around the corner were most kind despite our meager tourist Spanish. Your lovely home was perfect for sightseeing and visits to Sipan, Tucume and Chiclayo...as well as a day trip to Trujillo for Chan Chan and Sun and Moon ruins. Your home was much nicer and more relaxing than a tourist hotel!!! We cannot say enough about how pleased we were with the services of your chauffeur Senor Cubas. He was at the Chiclayo airport waiting for us with a sign, he was always early for our trips, and he was more than kind and far superior to the private drivers that we had in Chusco and the Sacred Valley! Your home is charming, beautiful, relaxing, and was a pleasure to visit. Thank you again, Bill and Judy Grant, fall 2008 email@example.com
TESTIMONIAL #12: We have returned home now from Peru but wanted to let you know we had a wonderful stay in your home, Casa Mariha, and also our whole month in Peru was incredible. Your family, who lives around the corner, was very helpful; your sister's catering service was delicious and her chicken pot pie servered the four of us well for two nights. Mr. Cubas, your chauffeur, is a gem--we enjoyed having him take us everywhere. And Rocita, your maid, is efficient and friendly. We're very glad we found your place--it was a great finish to a wonderful journey. Roberta and Frank Harper, fall 2008 firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIAL #13: My husband, two children and I just returned from spending 2 weeks at Casa Mariha. We go to this area each year and usually stay at a hotel, but staying at this lovely house was a much better experience. We were comfortable and safe and the owner's family lives around the corner and were very helpful. And their maid made our stay so easy and luxurious. We are going to rent again next year. Romykoo@hotmail.com
TESTIMONIAL #14: We spent part of our honeymoon at Casa Mariha and found it to be pefect. It afforded us privacy and also enough space to invite friends when we wanted to do that. We will always remember Casa Mariha. Renzzo and Paige Reyes, Los Angles, CA summer 2009 email@example.com
TESTIMONIAL #15: Our family, espcially our two boys, thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks in Casa Mariha. The owner's family lives around the corner and was very helpful. The house is lovely. Doris and Jon Evdvardsen, Oslo, Norway, firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIAL #16: We had such a wonderful trip. Your home is beautiful and we truly enjoyed the whole Pimentel experience. Mr. Cubas, your chauffeur, was terrific and Rosita, your maid, left the house impeccable every time. We went to Tecume one day and the new Sipan Museum another, and Mr. Cubas also took us to the market in Chiclayo which was incredible. The rest of the days we hung around the beach, sunned, surfed and relaxed. Nagelberg family from New York. December 2009. email@example.com
TESTIMONIAL #17: We had a wonderful time in Peru. Your family who lives around the corner were incredibly sweet and helpful. Your brother especially -- very kind and extremely helpful--he even arranged to get my lost luggage. Your house is beautiful, comfortable and quiet. The house and kitchen are well stocked. Thel beach is gorgeous. And the seafood incredible! Fall 2010. firstname.lastname@example.org
Good afternoon Maria, thank you for following up on my stay at Casita Mariha.I had a wonderful stay there. They home is beautiful and nicely equipped. I was very pleasantly surprised at how well equipped the home was Maria. From full kitchen to even beach towels for the top deck. It was great.I loved the roof top deck as well as the small courtyard next to the kitchen. The location next to the beach was just beautiful. I could hear the ocean from the house and amazing views from the roof top deck.I had no problem with my car rental at the house, infact there is a guard that watches over the parking lot at all times. Everything was close by, even the very large mercardo outside of town isnt that far by car.We visited Sipan musem and had a great shopping visit to both chiclayo as well as Monsefu.The beach was fantastic, and we spent a couple of nice days soaking up the sun.If you need me as a referral I would be happy to provide a very positive reference for you and your beautiful home.I would love to come back and bring some friends with me for a longer stay in the future.Thanks again for everything, have a wonderful week.Karl Wade, from Alaska, summer 2011 AKboy4u2@yahoo.com
Testimonial #19: We enjoyed our stay at Casita Mariha. The house was very comfortable and we were extremely happy to stay there. I liked how you opened up the kitchen to a more American style feeling. We enjoyed having coffee on the roof top and relaxing in the lounge chairs in the evening watching the sun set into the water. Rosita, your maid, was wonderful. Very helpful and friendly. I can't imagine not having her around. It really made our stay a true "vacation". Spring 2012 Jamie Haynes-Castendeda email@example.com