THE WILDK’S TRAVEL GUIDE CONTAINS ALL OUR GOOD TIPS FOR YOUR KITE JOURNEY TO PERU!

HOW TO GET TO MANCORA

WHAT KITESURF GEAR TO BRING AND HOW

VISA, MONEY, VACCINES, CLOTHING

WHERE TO STAY IN LIMA

THE GUAYAQUIL ROUTE

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HOW TO GET TO MANCORA

 

LIMA or GUAYAQUIL?

There are 2 ways to get to Mancora:

*By Lima, the Peruvian capital city,

*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 ask yourself between Lima or Guayaquil especially in the case that the Guayaquil’s flight ticket is much cheaper than the Lima’s one.

 

THE AIR FLIGHT

Finding the best 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.

Remind that sometimes the old way works better: Go down the road and ask to a travel agency!  It will  be more helpful, and sometimes more interesting in terms of tariffs…
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FROM LIMA TO MANCORA?

 

PLANE OR BUS?

 

If you pass by Lima, you will have two different ways to come to Mancora: by plane or by bus. The bus option can appear unfeasible (16 hours), however you are traveling mostly by night on a straight Panamerican road. Some bus companies offer an exclusive service: 180ªdegrees seats, wifi, personal TV screen and meals. Choose between the bus or plane alternatives depending on your flights connections and your time & money budget.

 

TAKE NOTE

Note 1: Taca airlines do not authorize surf quiver. Check with Peruvian Airlines before your booking your flight. Note 2: We advice you to include the final destination (Piura, Tumbes or Talara) when you buy your flight tickets

LIMA – MANCORA BY PLANE

 

The airline companies goes from Lima to Piura, Tumbes or Talara (rare). The first city is 2h30 away from Mancora by taxi, Tumbes 1h45 and Talara 1h. There are several flights a day to Piura, 1 per day to Tumbes and only one per week to Talara. The airlines companies are: LAN PERU, PERUVIAN AIRLINES and TACA AIRLINES.

FROM THE AIRPORT TO MANCORA:

 

You will have to take a taxi to Mancora. We can send you a trustful person. Or you can find it directly inside the airport, you can negotiate to 250 soles from Piura, 200 soles from Tumbes and 150 from Talara. You also have the option of taking a “collectivo van” or the local bus (EPPO).

LIMA – MANCORA BY BUS

 

We recommend Exclusiva Bus Company. Choose preferably the 2nd floor (specifying 180ºdegres seats – sillas ciento ochenta grados and not 160) and the left side when you go to Mancora and the right side when you go back to Lima (sea view). Other good companies: Oltursa and Cruz del Sur. Buses generally leave Lima at 4PM and arrive in Mancora at 8h the next day. Around 150 soles (60USD approx.) for a one-way ticket. We recommend to book the return ticket when you will already be in Mancora.

WHAT KITE GEAR TO BRING AND HOW?

Take into account the extra service charge you will have to pay if you bring your own boards. Also remind to ask to your air company about their conditions in case of breakages. Each airline company has its own baggage’s conditions and tariffs, contact them directly for more info. Here opposite you will find a recap of the major air companies’ tariffs for surfboards (not twintip kiteboards).

 Kite

ideally take a 9-10 sq.m kite depending on your weight and the power of your kite. If you wish to bring more kites, you can take a bigger one (11-12 sq.m max.), and/or a smaller one(but no less than 7 sq.m).

 

Board

if you have a directional board (with or without straps), it would be much better. If not, a twintip board will be ok (you will still be able to rent our gear).

 

Harness, of course.

With integrated safety knife.

 

Air-Pump

not necessary when you stay with us.

 

Wetsuit

for Mancora and around, a lycra or sunscreen will be enough. However, when we go down south, the water temperature drops considerably due to the ocean currents. Therefore a 3/2 wetsuit becomes compulsary.

 

Helmet

Recommended.

AIR FLIGHT COMPANIES

 

 

 

United (Continental) Airlines: US$ 100 to go + US$ 100 on the way back.

Delta Airlines: 150 USD/CAD to go + the same for the return

Air Canada: 50  USD/ CAD  to go + US$ 50  USD/ CAD  back

Lan – Tam: Free! And up to 3 meters boards

Air-France – KLM: 100€ from France + US$ 100 from Peru.

Avianca: not specified

Iberia: 150€ from Europe + 150 US$ from Peru

TRAVEL LIGHT, TRAVEL SAFE!

CHOOSE OUR RENTAL OPTION! Save prohitive baggage’s fees, avoid breakage of your beloved board, and travel light! We have all kinds of surfboards and kiteboards twintips to rent, in particular high performance boards for anywho looking for a good ride feeling. (Firewire & Liquid Force). + Last-generation kites of all sizes.

MONEY

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 charge a fixed fee.

Before your trip, it is very advised to:

> Check with your bank the limits of your credit / ATM card per day & per week (you might be amazed how small it is); you can 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 have the possibility of bringing enough cash with you: traveling is pretty safe in Peru (if you take the means of transportation we recommended), that way you will avoid paying foreign exchange fee and commissions.

> GET NUEVOS SOLES: When you arrive at Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, you can either withdraw money right inside (global Net Cash machine) or exchange your currencies; however it is better if you avoid exchanging inside the airport (taxis at the airport can be paid in dollars) we recommend you to do it in Lima, or in one of the major cities in Peru as you will find much lower rates. Lima has the most interesting rates, at exchange offices or at the money-changers on the street (that you will find in every touristic places with a registered colored vest). We recommend you to change it in the exchange offices rather than the money-changers as you will have to negociate, be aware of the current exchange rates and keep alert on the money they are giving you.

CLOTHING

If your plan is to stay with us in Mancora, the only clothes you need are: a pair of flip-flops, your favourite tee-shirt, board shorts, and a pair of sunglasses. This is valid all year round. Also include a sweater (polar or wool) and a jacket for the night (also useful if you stay in much colder Lima). Leave all the rest at home.

VACCINES

No vaccines needed, until you do not plan to go to the jungle area.

VISA

The  North American countries citizens can enter Peru with a regular tourist Visa, as well as most of the Europeans countries. Check here which countries need a special visa. Even if the big majority of the countries in the world do not need a visa to enter Equator, take it into account in the case you will pass by Guayaquil.

WHERE TO STAY IN LIMA?

 

Our Hotel’s Finest Selection in Lima. From the most exclusive to the most economic:

 

Near the airport:

 

Costa del Sol: Inside the Lima’s airport. http://www.costadelsolperu.com/peru/hotels/lima/

SM Hotel:

(511)578-4304

reservas@smhotel.pe http://www.smhotel.pe

 

In the city centre:

 

Swiss Hotel:

Modern hotel with all the modern facilities.

Via Central 150, Centro Empresarial Real San Isidro, Lima 27 Tel: +511 421 4400

reservations.lima@swissotel.com

http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/lima/

 

Duo Hotel:

Valle Riestra 576, San Isidro

Lima, Lima 27 +5116283245

informes@duohotelperu.com

http://www.duohotelperu.com/

 

Hostal el Patio :

Charming hotel in the heart of Miraflores. From 120 soles for a single room.

C/ Ernesto Diaz Canseco 341 Miraflores

(511) 444-2107 / 444-4884

hostalelpatio@qnet.com.pe  http://www.hostalelpatio.net

 

Hospedaje Domeyer :

Very nice old house in the Barranco streets close by the sea.

Jr Domeyer 296 Barranco, Lima

(511) 247-1413

mailto: domeyerhostel@peru.com

 

One hostel:

Old House in the old Barranco district, avenida Grau. Bed & breafast for small budgets, clean, few shared rooms, good vibe, only 1 private room, count 30 soles per pers. minimum. Wifi, Kitchen at your disposal. It is very adviced to book asap.

Av. Grau 717, Barranco, Lima

(511) 247-7989

mailto:one@operu.com  http://www.operu.com

http://www.domeyerhostel.net

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LIMA
Lima is the Peruvian capital city. A megalopolis hosting more than 11 millions people. If you have or want to stay there, we recommend you to choose Miraflores and particularly Barranco area.

THE GOOD PLAN!

You have some time to spend between 2 air connections but not enough to get to the Lima's city centre, you can go to the Costal Del Sol hotel Spa right in front of the airport terminal. You will have the chance of relaxing before your next flight and will be much less expensive than paying a day use for a room in their hotel. Contact them before for more info.

THE GUAYAQUIL ALTERNATIVE

 

Choose Guayaquil if the flight tickets price is more interesting and if you do not have any problems with the 7 hours bus and having to cross a second border (usually by night), unless you take a taxi, which would be a little shorter.

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BY TAXI:

 

420 kms, about 5 hours drive. Approximately US$ 180 to US$ 250 a one way trip. Ensure that the taxi driver is the owner of the car and that he has all the vehicle documents.

 

BY BUS:

 

The bus companies are Cruz del Sur, Cifa or Ormeño. Count a 7/8 hours trip depending on how long you will spend at the border customs. The price is around US$ 10. The bus terminal is very close from the airport, it costs around $2 to get there by taxi. Do not rely too much on the schedule you will find on the bus companies’ websites, it is better to go directly to the bus terminal and take the next bus. Cruz del Sur is the best company, but they only go to Mancora once a week (Wednesday?), the most likely is that you will grab the CIFA bus.

The information contained in this guide can have changed and not be updated. Always verify by yourself its veracity