Mancora: Peru’s Surf Mecca

Mancora, on the far northern coast, is Peru’s answer to the laid-back beach towns of Brazil and Central America.

It’s appeal is understated but understandable: an annual average of 300 clear days, long stretches of pale sand, consistent surf, stunning sunsets, and fresh ceviche.

A number of Mancora boutique beach hotels have opened in recent years, some with top-notch restaurants and spas.

A man on vacation in Mancora Beach, surfing a wave

Activity options at Mancora include:

  • Surfing
  • Surf Lessons
  • Snorkeling
  • Whitewater Rafting (Moderate Class III rapids)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wind Surfing
  • Kite Surfing

A gentle left point break—a tasty entree for beginners and advanced riders alike—laps the shores in town.

A dozen other beaches, extend for miles north and south of Mancora, offer surf for a full range of experience levels.

A group of people on leisure travel in Mancora beach on a horseback riding tour

Los Organos and La Punta

One of our favorites is the dark sanded Los Organos, a few miles to the south.

The gentle left break known as La Punta is ideal for beginners. Nearby, La Vuelta is a powerful, tubing left reef break, with swells up to eight feet.

Mancora’s closest airports are in Talara (36 miles to the south) and Tumbres (90 minutes, 56 miles to the north).

Brown sand beach and green ocean of Mancora Peru, photographed on family vacation in South America

Flights from Lima to Piura, two hours south of Mancora, are also available. Flight times from the capital average two hours.

Mancora Climate

Mancora is a year-round destination, although surf conditions are best from November to March.

The warmest months are December to February when highs can top 100F.

The average water temperature is 75F.

Beautiful deep orange sunset over fishing charter boats off the beach at Mancora, Peru

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