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Only a little more than 75 miles south of the border with neighboring Ecuador, Máncora stands at the heart of the northern coast’s burgeoning beach scene. Long considered too remote and far too much effort to reach, this one-time fishing village has enjoyed expansion and modest gentrification in recent years. First surfers found it — lured by locals who told of big breaks, barrels and spectacular swell — then backpackers and other travelers followed, with the town evolving into a world-class stop-off for people moving around the region or looking to cross over into Ecuador. Hip beachside hotels now compliment the good-value cottages that ...

Only a little more than 75 miles south of the border with neighboring Ecuador, Máncora stands at the heart of the northern coast’s burgeoning beach scene. Long considered too remote and far too much effort to reach, this one-time fishing village has enjoyed expansion and modest gentrification in recent years. First surfers found it — lured by locals who told of big breaks, barrels and spectacular swell — then backpackers and other travelers followed, with the town evolving into a world-class stop-off for people moving around the region or looking to cross over into Ecuador. Hip beachside hotels now compliment the good-value cottages that have always been here, meaning that there’s something for everyone. The town comprises little more than a single street, on one side of which is the desert, on the other the Pacific Ocean. Despite the influx of surfers and chic Limenos, it remains resolutely authentic, with people forgiving its rough and ready edges because of the outstanding beaches nearby; 15 miles of sand stretch north and south, with safe swimming along the entire length.

Alex Stewart
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Alex Stewart is the author of the Bradt travel guide Peru Highlights and the Inca Trail trekking guide The Inca Trail, Cusco and Machu Picchu, published by Trailblazer. He has updated other material for Rough Guides, Thomas Cook and Trailblazer.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Máncora is a town and beach resort in the Piura Region, in northwestern Peru.
  • Language: Spanish & native languages
  • Currency: Peruvian Nuevo Sol
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    The high season is December to March, the summer months, when conditions are hot and sunny.