Tumbes-Mancora

Endless White-Sanded Beaches

Peru's northern coast, with its gorgeous sandy beaches caressed by warm Pacific tides and blessed by eternal sunshine, is the ideal vacation destination. Few other places can offer such an enticing blend of nature, water sports, entertainment, tradition and history, not to mention exquisite regional cuisine featuring the fresh daily catches of local fishermen.

Proceeding from north to south, we first encounter the Tumbes region bordering Ecuador. Here, visitors can spot American crocodiles, magnificent frigatebirds and crab-eating raccoons at the 2,972-hectare Mangroves of Tumbes National Sanctuary and surf in the company of abundant marine life at the fisherman's cove of Zorritos. Just inland of Zorritos you'll find the Cerros de Amotape National Park, Peru's only protected stretch of dry equatorial forest, and the medicinal mud baths of Hervideros. Further south lies Punta Sal, one of the region's finest beaches, where the warm, placid waters invite windsurfing and kite surfing among the dolphins and sea lions. Local fishermen drag heavy catches of swordfish, anchovies, sea bass and eels ashore where crabs skitter away in the sand.

Crossing the border into the Piura region we come to the very popular beach town of Mancora, which provides some of the best surfing, most exclusive hotels and hottest nightlife. Vichayito, on the other hand, is a peaceful paradise of marine life where you can even spot migrating whales in the month of November. Los Organos is ideal for fishing, as is Cabo Blanco, the famous destination of Ernest Hemingway, who came here years ago to fish for black marlins. Cabo Blanco is also known for its powerful tubular left that draws surfers from around the world. Or just get away from it all at Norura, one of the country's most splendid virgin beaches with wide bays, sand dunes and a picture-perfect azure sea.

Legend has it that the pre-Hispanic god Naylamp first landed on Peruvian shores in Lambayeque in a caballito de totora (reed watercraft), giving rise to a tradition that lives on to this day. Here and in La Libertad, particularly at Huanchaco, local fishermen masterfully maneuver these unique handmade vessels over the waves. Chicama boasts the world's longest left wave and Pacasmayo, one of the country's principal ports in the 19th century, offers handsome architecture and a lovely stretch of beach lined with restaurants. The great Moche and Chimu civilizations once occupied vast swaths of the northern coast and it is here, in Lambayeque and La Libertad, where some of their most impressive ruins and artifacts can be found. Explore the world's largest adobe city at Chan Chan, glimpse beautiful color friezes at Huaca de la Luna and Huaca El Brujo, and view the magnificent tomb of the Lord of Sipán. Beautiful Spanish colonial architecture can be found in Trujillo, where the yearly traditional marinera dance competition is held.

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Avenida Ramon Mujica s/n, Piura, Peru
Review Score 9.0
Since 1996 the Rio Verde Hotel of Piura has been providing business and leisure travelers with urbane accommodations on a capacious...
from USD 152 per night
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Panamericana Norte Km. 1232, Playa Bocapán, Zorritos, Tumbes, Peru
Review Score 8.0
A family vacation beachfront hotel with two swimming pools, a discotheque, bar, restaurant and children's playground, the Hotel Versilia...
from USD 25 per night
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Avenida Faustino Piaggio 115, Zorritos, Tumbes, Peru
Set on the beachfront of Zorritos, the exclusive, tropical-style Hotel Boutique Noelani boasts two swimming pools, a high-end seafood...
from USD 141 per night
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Avenida Luis Montero 307, Piura, Piura, Peru
A little over a mile from the main square, Hotel Gran Palma Piura is housed in a modern 5-story building with a bluish façade which...
from USD 70 per night
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Avenida Loreto 945, Piura, Peru
Review Score 6.0
The Hotel Las Arenas of central Piura has the air of a distinguished manor house, with a shady front porch lined with columns and...
from USD 44 per night
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Panamericana Norte Km. 1223, Tumbes, Peru
Review Score 6.0
Boasting an outdoor pool, on-site dining, and lodge-style accommodations with 24-hour security, the Bamboo Lodge is a charming boutique...
from USD 69 per night
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Panamericana Norte Km. 1239, Zorritos, Tumbes, Peru
Brisas del Mar is a luxury all-suite hotel in the popular beachfront resort town of Zorritos. Tastefully decorated and comfortable, the...
from USD 95 per night
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Barrio Industrial 100, Mancora, Piura, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Ideally located on the serene beachfront of Mancora, La Posada offers travelers pleasant accommodations in the midst of lush gardens and...
from USD 10 per night
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Avenida Piura 209, Mancora, Piura, Peru
Review Score 10.0
Tastefully decorated throughout with hand-painted wall murals and beach-style accents, Kokopelli Beachpackers is a charming beachfront...
from USD 11 per night
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Panamericana Norte Km. 1228, Bonanza, Zorritos, Tumbes, Peru
Review Score 7.0
Located on the beautiful sandy Bonanza Beach, Villa del Mar is a private lodging consisting of seven individual wooden bungalows. Each...
from USD 72 per night
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Panamericana Norte Km. 1180, Playa El Amor, Mancora, Piura, Peru
Review Score 8.0
The Bali-inspired The Point Hostel Máncora is a beachfront backpacker's paradise full of palm trees and rustic bamboo cabins. Whether...
from USD 9 per night
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Lagunas de Mancora Lote 5 y 6, Mancora, Piura, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Few hotels capture the essence of nature, traditional Peruvian craftsmanship and modern luxury quite like this exquisite oceanfront...
from USD 125 per night
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Panamericana Norte Km. 1235, Los Pinos, Zorritos, Tumbes, Peru
Review Score 8.5
Situated a stone's throw from the beach amidst dry tropical forest, Grillo Tres Puntas Eco Hostel is a unique refuge for travelers...
from USD 35 per night
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Antigua Panamericana Norte Km. 1211, Los Organos, Piura, Peru
Review Score 8.0
The luxurious bungalows and Bedouin tents of the Vichayito Bungalows & Carpas are a unique destination on the white sand beach of...
from USD 90 per night
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Avenida Faustino Piaggio 158, Zorritos, Tumbes, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Hotel Arrecife occupies a prime beachfront position, overlooking a long stretch of white sand and the Pacific Ocean. Guest rooms are...
from USD 39 per night
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Pasaje José Olaya s/n, Mancora, Piura, Peru
Review Score 7.0
Boasting a combination of comfort and tranquil ambiance throughout the entire premises, the Naif Lodge is the perfect place in Mancora...
from USD 48 per night
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Panamericana Norte Km. 1225, Punta Pico Acapulco, Zorritos, Tumbes, Peru
Review Score 7.0
Perched on a promontory right at the ocean's edge, Punta Pico offers single, double, twin, triple and quad rooms—each equipped with an...
from USD 79 per night
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Calle Acceso Verniego 125, Mancora, Piura, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Family-owned Kites Mancora is a quiet oasis steps from the beach with spacious accommodations centered around a sparkling pool. Golden...
from USD 60 per night
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Avenida Faustino Piaggio s/n, Carretera Panamericana Norte, Zorritos, Tumbes, Peru
Review Score 9.0
Located on the gorgeous sandy beaches of Zorritos, the Mango de Costa Azul Hotel offers 27 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites with...
from USD 89 per night
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Avenida Faustino Piaggio 117, Zorritos, Tumbes, Peru
Review Score 7.0
At the Maria del Mar Hotel, located mere steps from the beach, guests can admire magnificent sunsets, relax in the shade of thatched...
from USD 107 per night
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This is a zero-star hotel.
Probably due to the type of accommodation, this hotel or vacation rental has not been evaluated by existing star rating systems. The stars for this property are therefore awarded by Pacarama based on its expertise and knowledge of the hotel market in Peru and Chile.
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