The Pan-American Highway serves as Máncora's main street. The area is known for its turquoise beaches and good waves, making it a surfing destination. This beach location is favored by two ocean currents year round: the cold Humboldt Current 14 to 19 C° and the warm Niño Current 21 to 27 C°, giving it a tropical-dry climate with ocean waters averaging around 24 C°.
Summers last from December to April and are very hot. Rain is usual during the night and the temperature can reach over 38 °C. The rest of the year is dry, breezy, and sunny. The temperature during winter and spring never falls below 25 C° during daytime and is usually around the high 20's. Night temperatures drop to around 17 C°.
The beach town has over 30 different beach resorts that receive tourists from all over South America. It has a large proportion of restaurants and nightclubs for such a small town of 10,000. Resorts rim the nearby kilometers of beaches connected by a road. Most people arrive by bus, private car, or plane from the Talara Airport or Tumbes Airport. Currently, tourism is booming as a large influx of tourists take to the beaches all year round. In 2005 340,000 tourists visited Mancora.
|Lima||18 hours||2 hours|
|Arequipa||34 hours||3.5 hours*|
|Cajamarca||14 hours||2 hours*|
|Chiclayo||7 hours||1 hour|
|Cusco||42 hours||3.5 hours*|
|Tacna||35 hours||4 hours*|
|Trujillo||10 hours||1.5 hours|
|Bogotá, CO||62 hours||5 hours*|
|Buenos Aires, AR||80 hours||6.5 hours*|
|Guayaquil, EC||7 hours||--|
|Santiago, CH||62 hours||6 hours*|
|São Paulo, BR||105 hours||7 hours*|
.* Excluding connections
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Máncora.|
- Talara Government description of Mancora (Spanish)[dead link]
- Piura regional government site (Spanish)[dead link]