TRAVEL GUIDE Find here our ultimate travel guide for you to organize a kitesurf trip to Peru, here on the north shore – Mancora and Lobitos. The Wild Kite Peru’s Travel guide for who is planning a kitesurf journey on the north coasts of Peru. how to get to mancora?: lima or guayaquil? how to find the best air flight deal? lima – mancora guayaquil – mancora guayaquil – mancora money: advices to prepare your trip are there atm in mancora?. nuevo soles vs us dollars? how to pay us? how and where change your currencies? miscellaneous: wetsuit & clothing is the place suitable for my non kitesurfing partner? for kids? what other activites you can do in the area? is it possible to party in mancora? visa, vaccines, clothing? the kitesurf big 3: 1. when is the wind season? 2. what are the wind stats? 3. which kite sizes you should bring? the wave kitesurfaris: when is the best season for wind & wave? which are the requisites to participate to our wave trips? are the conditions not too rough? what we do, and how we operate?: what we do? how we proceed? do we charge extra commissions? HOW TO GET TO MANCORA? LIMA or GUAYAQUIL? There are 2 ways to get to Mancora: *By Lima, the Peruvian capital city, or *By Guayaquil in Equator. Most of the time, we advise to pass by Lima being a generally speaking easier travel (no second border to cross). So just ask yourself between Lima or Guayaquil especially in the case that the Guayaquil’s flight ticket is much cheaper than the Lima’s one. [Last update: with the crisis lived by Venezuelans, a lot of people is waiting at the Peru’s doors and you may wait a quite longer time at the border.] HOW TO FIND THE BEST AIR FLIGHT DEAL? The price of the air tickets can vary a lot. The only advice we can give you is to search on the classic websites like orbitz.com or kayak.com from USA, expedia.com or skyscanner.com elsewhere. If you speak Spanish you can also check despegar.com or atrapalo.com. If you are in Europe, check prices from Madrid and if it’s cheap, find a low-cost to get there (in case you are not travelling with a kite quiver). FROM LIMA TO MANCORA? PLANE OR BUS? If you come through Lima, there is two different ways to arrive to Mancora: by plane or by bus. The bus option can appear unfeasible (16 hours long), however you are traveling mostly by night on a straight Panamerican road. Some bus companies offer an exclusive service: 180º degrees seats, wifi, personal TV screen and meals. Choose between the bus or plane alternatives depending on your flights connections, your time and money budget. WHICH AIRPORTS? The airline companies goes from Lima to Piura, Tumbes or Talara. The first city is 2h30 away from Mancora by taxi, Tumbes 1h45 and Talara only 1h away. There are several flights a day to Piura, but less for Tumbes & Talara. The airlines companies are: LATAM, PERUVIAN AIRLINES, TACA AIRLINES and since 2017 a new low-cost company: VIVA AIR. FROM THE LOCAL AIRPORT TO MANCORA You will have to take a taxi to Mancora. We can send you a trustful taxi. Or you can find it directly inside the airport, tne approx. price is 250 soles from Piura, 200 soles from Tumbes and 150 from Talara. You also have the option of taking a “collectivo van”, we recommend taking the local bus (EPPO), safer option. From Talara it is quite easy, you can take a moto-taxi from the airport to get to the bus terminal, a bus leaves every 30mn, whereas from Piura or Tumbes, taking a bus will make your journey seems never-ending. GOOD TIP: Share a taxi by finding other flight passengers or telling directly the taxi drivers waiting outside the airport: “Quiero compartir taxi” 🙂 THE BUS ALTERNATIVE We recommend ExcluCiva Bus Company. Choose preferably the 2nd floor (specifying 180º degres seats – sillas ciento ochenta grados – and not 160º), the left side of the bus when you go to Mancora and the right side when you go back to Lima (sea view). Other good bus companies: Oltursa and Cruz del Sur. We do not recommend you to choose the cheapest alternatives. Buses generally leave Lima at 4PM and arrive in Mancora at 9hAM the next day. Around 160 soles (50 USD approx.) for a one-way ticket. There is no need of booking the return ticket form LIma, you will have the chance to do that in Mancora. SURF QUIVER FRANCHISES, THE GOOD AND THE BAD AIR COMPANIES (This info may not be updated or valid, double check with your company). 👍 Air-France – KLM: FREE! Iberia: Free since 2016 Air Berlin: Free! Avianca: not specified British Airways: Free! 👎 Latam: check before your flight. United (Continental) Airlines: US$ 100 to go + US$ 100 from Peru Delta Airlines: 150 USD/CAD to go + the same for the return Air Canada: 50 USD/ CAD to go + US$ 50 USD/ CAD back Alitalia From 75 € to USD 260 American Airlines From USD 50 – 150 Lufthansa 50-100 € Swiss: 50-100 €. NOTE AND TIPS: Note #1. Taca airlines do not authorize surf quiver! Check with Peruvian Airlines, Latam or Viva Air before booking your flight about their special lugagge tariffs. Note #2. We advice you to include the final destination (Piura, Tumbes or Talara) when you buy your flight tickets from home. Note #3. If you do so, it is important that you get enough time (2hours) for your stopover in Lima before your next and last flight, as you’ll have to take all your gear out the plane at the Lima’s airport and re-check-in for the domestic flight! GUAYAQUIL TO MANCORA OPTION If you are coming from Equator, coming from the north or because you decided to fly to Guayaquil, the easiest bar far is taking a bus from Guayaquil bus terminal (5mn away from the Guayaquil’s Airport). The most famous bus company is CIFA international, but you may also find Cruz del Sur or Oltursa, all Peruvian bus companies. We advice you to take those bus that goes directly to Mancora and not only to the Peruvian border. NOTE AND TIPS: #1. Taca airlines do not authorize surf quiver! Check special lugagge prices and policy with Peruvian Airlines, Latam or Viva Air before booking your flight. #2. If you can, try to include the final destination (Piura, Tumbes or Talara) when you buy your flight tickets from home. #3. If you do so, it is important that you get enough time (2hours) for your stopover in Lima before your next and last flight, as you’ll have to take all your gear out the plane at the Lima’s airport and re-check-in for the domestic flight! GUAYAQUIL TO MANCORA OPTION If you are coming from Equator, coming from the north or because you decided to fly to Guayaquil, the easiest bar far is taking a bus from Guayaquil bus terminal (5mn away from the Guayaquil’s Airport). The most famous bus company is CIFA international, but you may also find Cruz del Sur or Oltursa, all Peruvian bus companies. We advice you to take those bus that goes directly to Mancora and not only to the Peruvian border. MONEY, CURRENCIES, AND OTHER FRIVOLITIES. If you are booking a trip with us, our reservation policy is to send us 35%, and the rest 1 month before your arrival. It is always more relaxing not to carry too much cash when you travel. Here are the different issues about money in Peru: BEFORE YOUR TRIP IT IS ADVISED TO: > Check with your bank the limits of your credit / ATM card per day & per week; ask them to raise this limit during your trip. > You can also control your credit card withdrawal and purchase fees & commissions abroad. Some banks offer no foreign exchange fee or lower commission rates. > Have 2 credit cards (do not keep them in the same place when you travel). > You still have the possibility of bringing enough cash with you: traveling is pretty safe in Peru (especially if you take the means of transportation we recommended), that way you will avoid paying foreign exchange fee and commissions. IS THERE CASH MACHINE IN PERU AND IN MANCORA? Yes, there are several cash mashines in Mancora. But note that the cash machines in Peru only distribute a maximum amount of US$400 per withdrawal even with a VISA Gold, Infinite, etc. Each withdraw, your bank charges a fixed fee + a exchange rate commission. This can become quite a budget if you only count on your credit card, in addition that you may reach its limit and run out of cash. WHICH CURRENCY YOU WILL MOSTLY USE IN PERU? We mostly use Nuevos Soles, the Peruvian Currency. You can pay in US Dollars all the bigger expenses: hotels, excursions, fancy restaurants. Sometimes price list are already in US Dollars, which avoid confusion (it is our case), but when the price is in soles and you pay in US Dollars the business will make you pay a unfavourable exchange rate. The best solution is to carry enough local money to pay your daily expenses but also us dollars to pay the big expenses and becauseit is easy to change mostly everywhere in the country. HOW TO PAY US? All our prices are in US DOllars, to facilitate your comprehension of our tariff line. If you have a ourstanding balance with us, you can pay us with either currencies (USD or Nuevos Soles). At the difference of most businesses, we always exchange currencies at the real online rate. HOW AND WHERE TO CHANGE YOUR CURRENCIES? When you arrive at Lima’s airport, you can either withdraw N. Soles from the ATM or, exchange your currencies; however we recommend avoiding doing so as their rates are ridiculously high! Taxis at the airport can be paid in US dollars. If you stay one or few nights in Lima, we recommend you to change part of your currency in Nuevos soles,the capital city has the most interesting rates, . It is better if you to change it in the exchange offices rather than the money-changers (that you will find in every touristic places with a registered colored vest) as you will have to negociate, being previously aware of the current exchange rates and keep alert on the money they gives you. IF YOU HAVE EUROS OR A DIFFERENT CURRENCY THAN DOLLARS: You may find changers for Euros in others big cities or touristic places elsewhere in Lima, but not at a very interesting rate. If you are staying in Lima, change directly your euros or other currency in Nuevos Soles. In the case you are not staying in Lima and go straight to your end destination, you should better bring US Dollars from your country of origin. ABOUT WIND When is the wind season in the North of Peru? (…) The wind season in the North of Peru is from may to december. However, we can still kitesurf in January in Mancora, but not everyday. In April as well, but with smoother wind, neither everyday, and we have to go on trip to find better breeze in the southern spots. Our kite club is opened from the 1st of may to the end of the year. What are the winds stats? If you come on day-trips with us on the spots around, you will have a 98,5% chance of riding everyday!!! (within the wind season: may – december). The wind comes from the south west, starts around 12h and dies around 17h. in the little town of Mancora, where we are based the wind statistics drop a quite a bit and we donot guaranty that you will ride every-day in front of your hotel. See our montly stats here. WHICH SIZE OF KITE? The standard size: On the Peruvian North Shore, the standard kite would be a 9m kite for a 75kg / 165lb (approx.) gentleman and a 7m kite for a 60kg / 130lb (approx.) lady. The Other sizes: bringing 2 sizes kite is obviously better and 3 sizes is ideal! In the case you can or want to only take 2 kites, here are our advices for the second kite size: a) May to July: Bring a 2nd bigger kite than your standard size kite. No bigger than 13m if your weight is no more than 80kg / 175lb.- August to October: Bring a 2nd smaller kite than your standard size kite.- November to December: it is hard to say, we use all sizes… 7, 9, 12. DON´T WANT TO PAY TAXES, LOOSE OR BREAK YOUR GEAR? THEN RENT! We have last generation Cabrinha gear if you do not want to bring all your quiver, travel light, do not pay expensive taxes loose or break your loved gear during the travel… ABOUT WAVE KITESURF When is the best season for wind & waves? Obviously, most of you ask me when is the best season for waveriding within the wind season (may – December)? This is what I always answer: waves statistics show that May- June and October are very good months, and the wind is usually more consistent starting from july. However, over the years I have found that there is no best pattern, we have magic sessions throughout the whole season. The Peruvian north shore offers the best combo wind/waves but like any surf trip, you always rely on a bit of luck, In a nutshell, there no better season, just a pair of advice for the experts exquisites Waveriders: 1) better avoid December and 2) coming for 1 week only will reduce your chances of getting a good swell. Which are the requisites to come with us on wave trips? Generally speaking, our wave trips are for both experts and people who want to initiate themselves into waveriding. the safety conditions of the spots and the tidiness of the waves permit it. but you need at least to be able to land basic jumps, ride toeside and bodydrag upwind, and know how to do a self rescue (we can do a refresh on this last point). the participants must have a good general control of the kite. our kitesurfaris are definitely waves oriented, but the freestylers and freeriders are also welcomed: they can play in the waves or outside the shore break, there is plenty of space of everyone. Are the wave conditions not too rough? Not at all. the peruvian north shore waves spots are relatively safe, thanks to the sandy banks, virgin sand beaches, no sharks or other malevolent creatures. a minority of the spots presents off-shore winds conditions. the wind is very steady and clean. except from those exceptional days (2, 3 maximum) when a very big swell hit the coasts, it is rarely higher than 2 meters / 6 – 8 feet. and we are here to ensure the safest conditions (rescue, emergency scenario process, first aid, etc.). MISCELLANEOUS: Which wetsuit & clothing should I bring? During our austral winter (may – november): The water temperature in Mancora is pretty warm, (around 23º). Now when we go to the southern spots, hit by the Humbolt current, the water can get colder (up to 18º) and a 3/2 full suit wetsuit is necessary. Regards to Clothing: wear shorts, flip-flops, shirts and a big hoody for the cool nights (july-October). During Summer (december – april): just a lycra. Clothing: The same than in winter, without the hoody! Is the place suitable for my non-kitesurfing partner? For kids? If your partner likes to relax, to enjoy a paradisiacal beach, read, and is willing to do other activities like spa, yoga, sup, surf, horseriding, excursions like whalewatching, diving, fishing and discover the area. On the evening and night you will try all the Mancora’s restaurants and bars. The kids can do what kids usually do, like enjoying simple things: the beach, the swimming pool, they can also try to learn how to surf, or kitesurf is they are older than 13. What other activities can we do in Mancora? (…) These are the other activities we propose: -Yoga -Diving; -Surfing; -Whalewatching; -Spanish Lessons; -Cooking Lessons; -Spa & Massages; – Motocross enduro -Tours: Mangroves, inland excursions, natural tubs, ceviche tour, -Stand-up Paddling in front of your hotel, or on morning excursion; -Catch & Release fishing in a Yatch (only in Summer); -Fishing with local fishermen; Is it possible to party in Mancora? (…) Hell yeah! HOW WE OPERATE? How we proceed? -STEP 1: Contact us Directly or fill out our online form telling us which main action or theme you want (ex: Wave Trip, Honeymoon, Kite Lessons, Multi-Activities, etc), your budget, and your Dates if possible. -STEP 2: Depending on your desire and budget, we will send you a personalised first proposal. -STEP 3: Once you have accepted our draft of your perfect holiday, we finalize your reservations and send an invoice with payment instructions. -STEP 4: We provide your detailed program and all the necessary info for your travel preparation. We keep at your disposal for any ohter requests. Is it mandatory to book a trip or service with you or could I just arrive in Mancora? In the case you want a well-organized trip and that everything flows, book your kite lessons, or your seat in our 4x4 car for the wave trips, YES of course, it is more than advised! If you are coming for a long period and time is not a issue: No, you are not obliged to book your trip, but still better if you pre-book your kite lessons, or some wave trips, and check our availabilities. Do we charge extra commissions organizing your travel (for arranging accommodation & other services)? No, we do not. We always give you the same price, as you would travel on your own. And we event try to get you better price than if you would be alone!