We don’t have a whole lot to say about Mancora. It’s a decent-sized beach town in the north of Peru with plenty of sunshine and warm ocean water! I can give you the details of the three different places where we stayed, or show you picture after picture of tiny little waves in beautiful sunshine, but beyond that, I don’t know of any ruins or museums or sights to see. We enjoyed our time in Mancora, mostly because our San Diegan blood is sun deprived.
Mancora reminds me a bit of Kuta Beach in Bali, but without all the trash and motorbikes. Much like Kuta, there is an active nightlife that we never experienced, and a main street lined with tourist shops and restaurants, selling some of the exact same clothing items we found in Bali over a year ago.
However, the water here is very clean and relatively warm, and since it is the offseason, the streets aren’t too crowded, but they are full of tuk-tuks instead of motorbikes.
We began our stay in Mancora at Kontiki Bungalows, which is up a hill away from the tourist insanity below. We enjoyed the breeze, the hammocks, and being away from the night club noise, but it was overpriced for what we got and far out of our budget. Although there was a really cute kitten who greeted us each time we walked up the hill to the hostel!
As nice as it was, Kontiki wasn’t really worth it. We decided to spend 3 nights at a campground we found by the beach. The camping fee included rentals of tents and sleeping bags, as well as a mattress, and they had a kitchen for us to use (we love that!), so we were excited.
Well camping at Tito’s was nothing like we’d hoped. We left Kontiki and the morning didn’t start off very well as Zac was struck with a stomach bug. So he needed to rest as soon as we got to the campsite. However, the zipper on the tent was broken, the sleeping bags were clearly dirty (and very smelly), the other campers were young, lively hippies in it for the all-night party, the hot water was nonexistent, and sleeping was basically out of the question. We spent one night, asked for our money back, and found another place for our last 2 nights in Mancora.
The final place was excellent – clean, comfortable, private, quiet, and overall enjoyable. (Yeah, we’re old!) We had access to a decent kitchen, and there was Internet available. More hammocks, more sunning, more beach days. So, if anyone is heading to Mancora and wants a quiet but very affordable place to stay – Las Cabanitas is the place to go.
Otherwise, more about Mancora. This is the northernmost destination on our Peruvian trip. Many people come here straight from Ecuador, or vice versa, but we’re staying in Peru. Mancora is also Peru’s most popular beach destination, complete with tourist restaurants on the beach and mid-day Pisco Sours. We walked around, discovered fried empanadas (delicious), ate a lot of vegetables and watched the batteries on our kindle readers dwindle. That’s about it!
We’re heading back to Huanchaco for a week, to kill some time before we head to the jungle. So very excited for the Amazon!