History of Máncora
It's been many centuries since the Tallanes were the first inhabitants of Máncora. Nowadays, 105 years after its official foundation, Máncora, which took its name from a large property close to the Chira river, has been transformed in a beach-city with nearly 10000 residents. Máncora is a tourist reference worldwide, famous for the beaches of indomitable waves, its flourishing tourism development and its incomparable landscapes.
Helpful information of Máncora
-You should reserve your lodging in advance specillay for the high season (December-April). You can choose between backpackers type and the most sophisticated bungalows next to the sea, with yoga courses, massages and all the relaxing activities you can imagine.
-There is sun most of the year, without a lot of humidity, but it can lightly rain in summer. Don't you forget your windbreak coat, nor your sun loation.
-If you want to be inside the action, stay in Máncora. But if you like privacy, we suggest Vichayito and Los Órganos.
-In Máncora you are next to the best beaches of the coast, as Punta Sal, Zorritos and Cabo Blanco (where the writer Ernest Hemingway has some stories to tell, trying to hunt the black swordfish).
-Puerto Pizarro has the best ceviche of black shells that you can dream of, also the "majarisco" (a plate of seafood) and the shellfish with rice. We hope you are not allergic to the fish!
-If you look for waves to practice surf (or some other sports related), take a good wetsuit, because the temperatures vary and the water can be very cold, depending on the geographical location.
How to get around and dangers in Máncora
Máncora is a little city and you must be cautious, specially if you travel by yourself or in couple. Don't you forget that the nightlife and the large number of tourists carries out many risks. You should take authorised transportation (mototaxis and taxis) and we recommend you not to go to lonely places at night. For any question you have, notify the tourism area of the municipality: firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting to Mancora
Máncora is a town at 3 hours from Piura city. It's built in the vicinity of the sea and is nowadays the most visited of Peru. Here you will taste a lot of coast food, generally very fresh.
In this town there is sun the whole year, with very hot seasons, but the temperatures maintain.
You will have the possibility of surfing in Máncora beach during the day and at night find the best bars close to the sea, where the bohemian life is enjoyed with lots of intensity. You can also make tours to the other beaches of the area as Punta Sal, Vichayito, etc.
Surfing and kitesurfing
Boards for rent at: Soledad
Location: 316 Piura street
Price: 15-20 soles per day
Laguna Camp / vivamancora.com/lagunacamp
Price: 60 soles for a surfing class plus equipment
Del Wawa / delwawa.com
Price: Kitesurfing 120 soles per hour
Location: Hospedaje las Terrazas, 496 Piura street
Price: 18-95 soles
Rent motorcycles, quad bikes and jetskis.
Location: 7 miles (11 km) from Mancora in the Fernandez valley
Price: Take a taxi for 35 soles plus 2 soles entrance fee
You'll find a thermal hotspring that emits muddy water, perfect for a full-body treatment.
Diving in Máncora
Spondylus Escuela de Buceo
Diving courses and Excursions and whale watch
Location: 216, Av. Piura, Máncora.
You can go to Punta Sal, Cabo Blanco, Lobitos or Zorritos to catch a wave and enjoy the sea.
Typical dishes and drinks
The main dishes you must have in your table are: parihuela, ceviche mixto, causa rellena and papa a la huancaína (among many other sea delights that you will discover there).
Restaurants in Máncora
Restaurante Angela's Place
Location: 396 Piura
Hours: From 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price: 4-14 Soles
Angela started selling its famous breads based in manioc on her bicycle.
Location: 503 Grau
Hours: From 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price: 10-15 Soles
Lama is well known for its fresh ceviche. It's located in front of the terminal Eppo.
Location: Piura cuadra 5
Hours: From 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Price: 18-29 Soles
This restaurant gives food based on sea ingredients. If you go there, you should do it early, because the place is always crowded of people who look for good food.
Hi La Posada
Location: Panamericana Km 1164
Price: 18 soles and up
Close to the ocean, with a lovely garden with hammocks. The bedrooms are comfortable and Luisa, the owner, treats all her guests very well.
Location: Behind Las Olas, a yellow building
Price: 45 soles and up, with breakfast included
It's a very clean hostel with comfortable rooms, and is located at only 1 block from the beach. What else could you ask for?
Balcones de Mancora
Location: on the cliff
Price: 360 soles
Luxury bungalows with spectacular oceanfront views. You can seat on the balcony and enjoy the twilight in front of you.
Have a drink and going out
Máncora is very popular among the travellers who like nightlife and celebrations with good music. Enjoy the intense nights of the different bars that you will find on your step in Máncora and the famous discos, where you will listen from rock to blues music, what's better than doing it in front of the beach and the sea!!