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1. Posted by wild_whisp (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

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I am going to Peru for 18 days. I thought that I would go do a week in Cusco/Machu Picchu, then a week up around Mancora. I haven't seen much about Mancora. Does anyone have any recommendations?

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

I stayed in Mancora for a week (June 2004), even though I don't surf. I found it quaint; it's actually a very quiet town if you visit outside peak season.

That said, I also heard the sea is heavily polluted at times (something related to oceanic currents), and the accommodation is kinda expensive, so you may want to make further inquiries before going.

3. Posted by wild_whisp (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Did you take the overnight bus from Lima to Mancora? Did you fly? Do you have any suggestions as to how to get there?

4. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 10y

Mancora es de puta madre. At least that's what the t-shirt I bought said. I spent a week there chilling out, eating great ceviche and spending time on the beach. At the time of year I was there, July, there is a big cloud over the entire western coast of South America. Regardless, it was a nice place to relax.

I stayed at "Las Olas," which I would recommend. Has a nice tropical feel to it, cute cabin-like rooms and not overly expensive. You can read about my experience at and go to page 6, the July 4, 2005 entry. (sorry, I can't seem to copy a direct link to the exact entry)

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Never fly; flying's bad. There is an excellent overnight bus service to Lima, gets you there at 6 in the morning, so I guess they'll operate vice versa as well.

6. Posted by wild_whisp (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

does anyone have recommendations on places to rent boards and surf?

7. Posted by Acdale (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

can definately recommend mancora...after hectic lima and gruelling inca trail its a great place to chill out and party. I was there in low season (June) and it was pretty quiet but imagine it would be pretty happening during summer. Just watch out for that pan-american highway which cuts right throught the town - its lethal after a few caiparinas!