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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
not necessary when you stay with us.
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.
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
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.
No vaccines needed, until you do not plan to go to the jungle area.
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/
In the city centre:
Modern hotel with all the modern facilities.
Via Central 150, Centro Empresarial Real San Isidro, Lima 27 Tel: +511 421 4400
Valle Riestra 576, San Isidro
Lima, Lima 27 +5116283245
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
Hospedaje Domeyer :
Very nice old house in the Barranco streets close by the sea.
Jr Domeyer 296 Barranco, Lima
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
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.
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.
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.