which would you choose and why? (lets keep the topic only between these 2 areas).
here is how i see the competition hotting up, please voice your opinions and correct anything you think i may have inaccurate.
Mancora & surrounding area
+better night life?
+Spanish speaking (preferable)
+new place to visit.
Cumbuco & surrounding area
++warmer water. (no wetsuit required).
++more windy days.
+easier to get to (for me).
+less crowded/more space ?
I have been to Cumbuco, and several other places along the coast of Ceara before but I'm really torn where to vacation this year. I'm looking to improve my strapless riding but will also spend some time on a TT. travel with 7m, 9m,12m kites, a 5'8 surfboard & a TT.
"I'm looking to improve my strapless riding"
then its Mancora (or more importantly Peru) hands down. but....
I've spent 3 months at both cumbuco and Mancora. Mancora does get busy. Even if there aren't lots of kites there are lots of surfers and some of the worst snaking i have ever seen - expect bad etiquette. Personally I rate Pacasmayo and Lobitos - not far from Mancora for kiting. Mancora is one wave on one point, Pacasmayo is a wet dream but Mancora, more importantly the town will keep you interested. Not much nightlife in pacasmayo or Lobitos. There is also really good TT riding at Tres cruces near Lobitos and i kited 90% of the time there alone.
I am not biased , i have no affiliation with any company. Cumbuco and Northeast Brazil is stunning though. Thinking about the whole package (accommodation, food, nightlife, meeting other kiters etc) i would choose Cumbuco but if you seriously want to improve strapless then Peru has to be the option - world class waves. Peru is much cheaper than Brazil also.
Kiting with less than 10 kites in the water last few weeks in Cauipe, now thats not crowded is it? I know soon will be more people but if you go downwind from Cumbuco always can find nice water for you and your friends, the wind is on and we are happy here. Happy kiting to all!