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From Lima, fly or take a bus north to Piura (or to Trujillo, if you want to stop first at Chicama). Than take a bus to the town of Mancora. By car from Lima, head north on the Panamericana Highway, it is around the 1162km.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomFlat rocks with sand
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
An excellent lefthander with two defined section. Better and longer at high tide. And glassy in early mornings. The first section, after you drop it, is very fast and allows you to break the wave with snaps, off the tops and floaters. After around 100 meters you get the second section, whic is slower. In the second section, the wave becomes smaller and you just have space for roundhouses cutbacks, finishing her with a big floater in front of the beach. Water is warm, but sometimes it gets cold. So take a wet suit. The weather is dry and hot all over the year. Wear sunscream and glasses. The bottom is full of rocks, but they offer no danger. They are flat rocks. Don't worry if fishes start smacking your legs and your boardshorts. It is really fun. They might think you are food...
This small town is a live! There's art, There's nightlife, and the people are very friendly. Local surfers are fine, but don't mess up at the line up. Be carefull the girls in the line up too: they are really stupid and boring and very unpolite. There are many places to log in, and realy good food at Faro and Spada Restaurants. Everything is cheap. You can spend the whole day with 10 dollars. Don't drink any water: buy mineral water bottles. Unlike the southern Peru, this area is green with warmer water. There are tourists from all around the globe and the place will keep you busy in and out of the water! Take condoms: night clubs are really hot! Yeaaaaaaaaaaah!
Good but crowed waves at a place with great atmosphere.
By ivans , 11-02-2010
Mancora Sucks - Too many people in the water, very inexperienced which can be problematic. The locals are the worst of peru, and whoever may be local when using a ten foot longboard. Beware that you pass overhead with their longboards, I do not recommend it for more than having a good reputation, go to huanchaco or lobitos wherever they're going to go better. mancora sucks. The night is always the same (if you want it go to lima o montañita in ecuador). Be carefull with the police, the want your money and may cause you trouble.
By Anonymous , 29-07-2007
You can rent or buy a board easily - Decent places to stay with lots of hotels but don't expect uncrowded waves especially around holidays. I was there over New Years and never had a wave to myself. Better off renting (really cheap, like $7-8 for a day with surprisingly lots of choices) venturing outside of Mancora during the day and coming back to stay overnight. I was even considering buying one of their better used boards and then selling it back when I left. Prices were around $100-150 US. Probably would've been about the same as renting.
By Anonymous , 22-03-2007
enough is enough - I have been coming to Mancora for years, and it is sad to see the decline in the manners used in the lineup. It used to be fun to surf there, you'd wait for your wave, you'd get it, and have fun with it, rinse...repeat. Now you wait longer than expected because people monopolize the break, and should you happen to get a good shoulder and position, there are at least 3 guys dropping in on you to snake it away. Too much of a hassle, go to Huanchaco instead, better waves, smaller crowd.
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