Before our trip to Máncora last week, I thought getting there would be simple : take a taxi! Well, let’s just say that my Peruvian geography was a little off, and I didn’t realize exactly where Máncora was on a map.
See that gray line? That’s Ecuador! Máncora is just a short bus ride from Ecuador… much farther north than I thought or expected
My husband and favorite travel partner googled “Como llegar a Máncora” (How to get to Máncora) and couldn’t really find much info, so we thought we would just figure it out on our own.
There are two routes of transportation to get to Máncora from Lima, depending on your budget and preference. I’ll start with the longest way first, and the way we did second.
You can take a bus nearly anywhere in the country, but be prepared for a long trip. The ride to Máncora from Lima averages 20 hours. Depending on the seat and bus you choose, your ticket could range anywhere from 90 soles to 200 soles! [If you get tickets there AND back, sometimes they are a little cheaper!]
If you are comfortable being on a bus for 20 hours, then this option is for you. Budget travelers usually prefer taking the bus in the country, but honestly I can’t handle bus travel for that long! Also, keep in mind that the buses are built for shorter people, so gringos often find them extremely uncomfortable. #fact
2. FLIGHT + BUS
After looking at bus tickets, and the time on the bus, we decided to check flights on a whim. To get to Máncora from Lima, it’s easiest to fly to Piura – the closest airport. Flights here average anywhere from $45 USD (what we lucked out and paid!) to $100+ USD… it all depends on the time you choose to travel and order tickets! The flight is 1 1/2 hours, and definitely the fastest way to get close to your beach destination in Máncora!
From the airport in Piura, you’ll need to get transportation to Máncora, about 3 hours north. There are a few options here, and we tried both, just for research purposes
[[Actually, here’s what happened… we planned on taking the local bus company to Máncora, but we asked some cops at the airport about the best way to get there, and they said there were strikes on the main highway and we wouldn’t be able to take a bus because they couldn’t pass. So, we had to come up with a backup plan!]]
- ServiTours : unfortunately I can’t find any legit information for them online! They are a private van company that transports travelers from the airport in Piura all the way to their hotel in Vichayito, los Órganos, or Máncora. It costs 60 soles per person, and takes right at 3 hours. It seemed the fastest and safest way at the time, and we were eager to get to the beach so we signed up. The van fits 8 passengers comfortably, and we stopped once for snacks & baño breaks.
- Eppo : this is the local bus company that’s affordable and surprisingly quick! They have buses straight to Máncora that leave every 2 hours, and buses to surrounding cities as well. The ticket to Máncora cost 20 soles, and the bus only took 3 hours! When you purchase a ticket, you’re assigned a seat, and I think the bus Piura>Máncora and Máncora>Piura is always packed, so don’t be surprised. We took the return trip and were surprised at how quick the ride was… no stops!
So, if you are wondering “how do I get to Máncora?” now you know!
Which route would you prefer to take? Are you a comfort traveler or a budget traveler?