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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    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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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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    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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    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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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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