Overview

Peru’s chilly desert coastline gives way to warmer waters and a more sub-tropical feel in the far northwest, where the fishing village of Máncora is the foremost destination for Peruvian and foreign holidaymakers, surfers and adventurous travellers. Close to the town are several small, laid-back resorts, with simple accommodation on yawning palm-fringed beaches with views of sunsets reflecting blood-orange over the Pacific. It’s a friendly place, and its great surf means it attracts young (but not exclusively so) visitors who enjoy a lively night life in the bars and restaurants in town.

From July to October or November humpback whales trace the coastline on their way north from Antarctica. Take a whale-spotting tour to maximise your chances of viewing mothers and their babies or male whales courting the females.

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The weather in Mancora and the north coast is wide and varied

Constant sunshine and balmy temperatures make this a prime beach destination all year round. The trendy youth and surfer sets descend in large numbers in the southern summer, from December to –February, so if you like bars, pumping music and people-watching, that’s the time to go. It is quieter outside this period but never totally dead. From July to October or November humpback whales trace the coastline on their way north from Antarctica.

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    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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