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December 18, 2005 – A journey to Mancora, Peru in South America

By The Sea In Mancora

We landed at a Peruvian beach resort town named Mancora as our first stop in Peru. Mancora is a laid-back, cute little seaside town, littered with surfers. The town consists basically of a kilometer-long street with rows of shops and restaurants on either side and a bus station. Behind the main street lies dirt and desert-like hills. The main street parallels a long strip of beach and sea. And an excellent consistently-pumping surf spot, always breaking nice long lefts.

Mancora surf break, nice long lefts

Mancora town, part of the Pan-American highway

Excellent cebiche (raw fish/seafood marinated in lime juice and sliced raw onions) and prices in Mancora aren't as skyrocketing as Lima supposedly. For example, 10 soles (less than three bucks) can get you a set menu consisting of cebiche de pescado (fish ceviche), seafood pasta, and a fruit drink.

cebiche de pescado

Another surf spot in Peru but with mushy waves that break both long lefts and rights, lies in another cute little seaside town called Huanchaco. Not littered with crowds of surfers though, and if it was, it'd be okay because there are too many open spots to fight over.

Huanchaco is also known for caballitos, or cigar-shaped tortora boats made out of reeds. You can get a ride on these for less than two bucks from a fisherman.


Excellent and cheap fish, cebiches, and even bbq can be found here. 8 soles (a little over two bucks) can get you a set menu consisting of a cebiche mixto (mixed seafood and fish ceviche), pescado con arroz (fish with rice), and an Inca cola.

Outside of Huanchaco are quite a few ruins of the pre-Incan people, Moche. We visited the partially excavated ruins of Chan Chan, Las Huacas del Sol y de La Luna, Huaca La Esmeralda, and Huaca Arco Iris. Chan Chan is the biggest, while Las Huacas del Sol y de La Luna are situated at the foot of a dry dirt mountain. But I actually enjoyed the smaller Huaca Arco Iris the most, because it had these nice intricate carvings of animals. Plus you get an excellent view of the town of Trujillo and a dirt mountain with a small sandy desert at its foot (could be where Las Huacas del Sol y de La Luna are situated?), when you walk to the top.

Huaca de La Luna and surrounding excavations

Huaca Arco Iris

Busy town with some colonial architecture. After seeing Quito and Cuenca, Trujillo isn't as elaborate, but is still quite quaint.

Note that you can hire a taxi for around 40 to 45 soles to go to Chan-Chan, Huaca La Esmeralda, Huaca Arco Iris, Trujillo town, and then back to your accommodation. Getting to Las Huacas del Sol y de La Luna via taxi can cost 20 to 40 soles depending on where you're coming from (Trujillo or Huanchacho). You can also take the colectivos ($0.25 soles) or the red-orange-white buses to these spots, but they'll only drop you off at the foot of each site. It's a bit of a walk (15-20 minutes) to Chan Chan for example, and a very long walk to Las Huacas del Sol y de La Luna.

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