Máncora

Máncora is a small beach town on the Costanera Norte at the Peruvian Northern coast.

During holidays, Peruvians come all the way from Lima to spend their holidays at the beach. It turns into a real party town with an overcrowded beach and bars competing for the loudest music day and night.

Get in

Due to its location on the Costanera Norte it's easy to take a bus south as far as Lima and north to Tumbes or even to Guayaquil in Ecuador.

Most buses stop a couple of blocks north of the main tourist area. You can walk or take a mototaxi for S/.1.

EPPO has several buses (~20 times per day) to Piura, Sullana, Talara, El Alto and Los Órganos.

Cruz Del Sur has daily connections to Lima (20 hours)

For surfers, ITTSA have frequent buses from Sullana, Piura & Chiclayo to Trujillo. Buses leave Trujillo for Huanchaco frequently, & Trujillo's Santa Cruz terminal for Puerto Malabrigo (aka Puerto Chicama) every 2 hours.

LCPerú and LAN have regular flights from Lima to Talara.

From Ecuador:

There are several bus companies that run between Ecuador and Mancora including Civa, Cruz Del Sur and CIFA. CIFA is offered from a range of locations such as Montañita, Baños and Quito whereas other companies only offer fares from Guayaquil. This being said CIFA has less luxury service and can include several bus changes not mentioned when buying the ticket. Their buses also do not wait for you at the border when you stop for immigration.

Bus from Cuenca to Mancora: Direct buses run through Super Semeria or Azuay, $15. Departing at 22:00 and 21:30 respectively, this service will provide you with paperwork for the border, the driver will enter the immigration building with you and wait for everybody to process. The same bus will then take you to Mancora. Travel time, including the border process, is circa 7hours, so make sure you have accommodation with 24hr reception/staffing. Most hostels are pretty good about letting you wait in the common area until you're beach-ready.

Get around

Most of the bars, restaurants and hotels are clustered on two blocks along the PanAmericana. Mototaxis are everywhere but the town is small enough for walking.

See

The beach. In addition to tanned bodies, you might spot some pelicans and crabs there. At certain times of the year Humpback Whales & Dolphins can be seen from the shore.

Do

Buy

There are many stalls set up near the main road, touristy items can be obtained here.

Eat

There are a lot of restaurants, most of them serving fresh seafood. Service is generally very slow but the seafood is fresh, cheap, and delicious.

On the beach, restaurants will bring a mini-tent, table, chairs, menus, and food to the sand for you. The main road is lined with restaurants but for the cheapest meals (5 sol), go to the road leading to the beach.

Drink

If you don't mind loud music there should be enough bars to still your thirst.

Sleep

During holidays it can be hard if not impossible to find accommodations. Most of the accommodations are located next the bars, making them very noisy.

There are several hotels along the beach where to stay. Some are very basic while others offer more comfort. The nicest hotel in Mancora was used by world famous writer Mario Vargas Llosa's daughter - Morgana - for her wedding.

Stay safe

The usual recommendations :

Always respect the ocean, observe and learn about the local characteristics of the sea before jumping in. Have extra care, especially under the influence of drugs, alcohol and, or fatigue and lack of sleep. Calm seas can hide strong currents, or seasonably develop dangerous tides and currents.

Stay within busy areas of the beach and town, preferably in good company, observing drug and alcohol intake especially when partying... Don't become an easy prey to predators of any kind. Don't flash any valuable stuff when taking a moto-taxi as long as some of the riders might be thieves. Be aware specially if you're carrying a bag with you.

Good idea to stay away from illegal drugs in this town, as the dealers and police have been known to work together and will extort a hefty bribe if they even suspect something.

Use skin protectors, sun glasses and hats. Mancora is near the Ecuator border.

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