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An Introduction to Mancora

 

Las Pocitas Beach, Mancora, PeruThe small, laid back fishing town of Mancora is located on Peru's north coast approximately 1165km north of Lima and 120km south of the frontier with Ecuador.  It has attractive sandy beaches which provide safe swimming as well as excellent surfing. The best surfing months are from November to February.

Although Mancora is sunny all year round, the high season is from mid-December to mid-March when the beaches and hotels can become full of holidaymakers from Lima and Ecuador.

The town itself has one bank (Banco de la Nacion) and several ATMs (automatic cash machines) as well as a small mini-market, a couple of pharmacies, internet cafes and plenty of shops selling souvenirs and beachwear. There are many small hostals and hotels, a good choice of restaurants and a few lively bars.

Mancora has a very relaxed, safe, friendly feel and the beaches are clean, making it an excellent stopping off point when visiting the north of Peru or travelling to Ecuador.

 

Weather:

The weather is semi-tropical, dry with sunshine all year round. The chance of rain is very small. In the Winter (June - August) the daily temperatures are in the high 20's (centigrade). During the Summer months (January - March) the avergae daily temperatures are in the high 30's (centigrade). However temperatures can feel a little cooler due to the coastal breezes which can often be quite strong in the afternoons.

 

Getting there and away:

 

By Air: the two nearest airports to Mancora are Tumbes and Piura. There are daily flight between Lima and Tumbes (flight time 1hr 30mins) with TANS. Flights tend to leave Lima at about 5pm in the afternoon. Flights from Tumbes to Lima depart at about 7pm and fly back to Lima via Piura (total time about 2hrs). From Tumbes airport you can easily find taxis to take you directly to Mancora (1hr 30mins approximate cost US$30-35). You could try and find other passengers travelling to Mancora to help reduce the cost. Alternatively you could stay the night in Tumbes and take a local bus to Mancora.

The are 2 daily flights between Lima and Piura. The most direct flight is with Lan Peru (flight time 1hr). TANS have flights to Piura but via Tumbes first (flight time about 2 hrs). From Piura you can take a taxi to Mancora (2 hrs 30mins approximate price US$40-50). There are also several collectivos (shared taxis) and some local buses which should considerably reduce the cost.

 

By Bus: There are several bus companies that operate the route Lima to Mancora. Most buses depart Lima at about 4:30pm and arrive in Mancora the following morning at about 10:30am. Recommended companies are Ormeno and Cruz del Sur. Buses depart Mancora at about 5pm and arrive back in Lima for about 11am.

  

   

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