Once just an attractive roadside fishing port, MÁNCORA is now the most fashionable beach in Peru, attracting a surf crowd from Ecuador and Brazil. It’s a highly welcome and very enjoyable stopover when travelling along the north coast, well served by public transport, and spread out along the Panamerican Highway, parallel to a beautiful sandy beach.

At the north end of the main drag, there’s a plaza and just beyond this there’s sometimes a street market, though only the usual clothing, shoes and food. Between here and the south end you’ll find most of the town’s hotels and restaurants, and a promenade with hippie artesanía stalls, selling sea-inspired crafts and jewellery.

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