I'm not sure if "Northern Peru" is an accurate description, but basically, my situation is this: I'm currently in the middle of the usual tourist route: Lima,Paracas, Nasca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Sacred Valley, Cuzco, Macchu Pichu. I then have about two weeks to fill. I'm looking for warm places, quaint towns, pretty beaches and scenery - places to chill out, but with enough civilisation that I don't get too bored! I see there are decently-priced flights from Cuzco via Lima to both Tunbes and Piura, though Piura is better in terms of flight times for my onward travel to Brazil. Would it make sense to use Piura as a base and do day trips or short overnight trips from there (so I could leave my big suitcase in Piura and just take hand luggage on bus trips to other places)? Which places do people recommend? If anyone could suggest an itinerary for me I'd be most grateful, given that I'm not sure which places are reasonably reachable by bus, etc.