16. Mancora, Peru

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Why

This is one of the hidden gems of Peru. It’s beaches, local markets, eating, surfing, whale watching and doing nothing but hang out on the beach.

Mancora, Peru - Beach

Mancora, Peru – Beach

 

Mancora, Peru - Beach Window

Mancora, Peru – Beach Window

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Where

Mancora is located just over the Ecuadoran border past Tumbes, Peru and one of the west most cities in Peru. The closest larger town is Piura, Peru, which in of itself is another unfamiliar destination that will give you a taste of Peruvian culture.

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How To Get Here

This destination takes quite a while to get to and its multi-modal, i.e. you have to take different modes of transportation to get here. When I went, I took a plane to another plane and then to a local scooter and then a bus.

By Train

Not accessible by train.

By Plane

The closest airport Talara, Capitán FAP Víctor Montes Arias International Airport (TYL), I flew into Piura, Peru though since I’d flown into Lima and the flight times worked. Like many Peruvian airports it has a long name; Capitán FAP Guillermo Concha Iberico International Airport (PIU) to be exact. You can first fly into Lima, Peru and then take a flight to Piura. There is also air service to Tumbes, Capitán FAP Pedro Canga Rodríguez Airport (TBP).

Mancuro, Peru - Puira Airport (PUI)

Mancuro, Peru – Puira Airport (PUI)

  • The following airline has service to Talara (TYL):
    • LATAM Airlines Peru (LA) from Lima (LIM)
  • The following airline has service to Tumbes (TBP):
    • LATAM Airlines Peru (LA) from Lima (LIM)
  • The following airlines has service to Piura (PIU):
    • Avianca TACA (AV), LATAM Airlines Peru (LA) and Peruvian Airlines (P9)
  • The following airlines has service to Lima, Peru (LIM):
    • Aerolineas Argentinas (AR), Aeromexico (AM), Air Canada (AC), Air Europa (UX), Air France (AF), American Airlines (AA), Avianca TACA (AV), British Airways (BA), Copa Airlines (CM), Delta Air Lines (DL), Iberia Airlines (IB), interJet (4O), JetBlue Airways (B6), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), LATAM (JJ), Paraguay (PZ), LATAM Peru (LA), LC Peru (W4), Peruvian Airlines (P9), Sky Airline (H2), Spirit Airlines (NK), Star Peru (2I), TAME Linea Aerea del Ecuador (EQ),Tara Air (TA) and United Airlines (UA).

By Bus

You can take a series of buses from Lima, but it will take you along time. You should fly to Talara, Tumbes or Piura. In Piura take a cab or a three-wheeled scooter to the bus station and then take the bus from there to Mancora. In the other two cities, take a cab, vans or buses to Mancora.

Mancora, Peru - Local transportation

Mancora, Peru – Local transportation

Mancora, Peru - Bus Tickets

Mancora, Peru – Bus Tickets

Mancora, Peru - Bus

Mancora, Peru – Bus

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

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Where To Stay

There are a number of small hotels and bed and breakfasts places in Mancora. Some just have the beach literally at your doorsteps.

Mancora, Peru - Beach View from guesthouse

Mancora, Peru – Beach View from guesthouse

Check below for a place to stay. Just remember to lift your roller bag when walking on the beach.

Mancora, Peru - Dragging Rollerboard on beach

Mancora, Peru – Dragging Rollerboard on beach

 

Mancora, Peru - Guesthouse bed

Mancora, Peru – Guesthouse bed

 

One thing to remember is that you should not throw paper in the toilet; you are reminded at some places with a sign like this one below.

Mancora, Peru - Toilet Sign

Mancora, Peru – Toilet Sign

 

Mancora, Peru - Hostel

Mancora, Peru – Hostel

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

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Where To Eat

There are many local places in Mancora. Just watch what you eat and ensure that its cooked properly before you eat it. There is also a market and people selling lots of fruits and coconuts on the roadside. The coconuts are quite good and so are the fruits.

Mancuro, Peru - Lime, Avocado Tomato

Mancora, Peru – Lime, Avocado Tomato

 

Mancuro, Peru - Food Rice and chicken

Mancuro, Peru – Food Rice and chicken

 

Mancora, Peru - Food

Mancora, Peru – Food

 

Mancora, Peru - Breakfast

Mancora, Peru – Breakfast

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

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What To Do

Mancora, Peru - Beach Dogs Lazing

Mancora, Peru – Beach Dogs Lazing

Go to the beach really; watch the surfers, eat local food, go hiking, bar hopping at nights and visit the local market. This is a destination to relax and kick back.

Mancora, Peru - Market

Mancora, Peru – Market

==>> Here is a list of more organized things to do from Trip Advisor.

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Additional Information

  1. Peru Tourism Board
  2. Viva Mancora
  3. Facebook
  4. Instagram
  5. Twitter
Mancora, Peru - Fruits

Mancora, Peru – Fruits

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