What a lovely introduction to Peru, the beachtown of Mancora. So many souvenirs shops, plenty of nice cafes, ice cream shops, a big fruit and vegetable market, more than enough good restaurants to choose from and a nice long stretched beach line and a ideal place for surfing.
We stayed in an amazing hostel, just a little out of town called Orange House. A place with an amazing garden, lost of place to relaxed, chat and a small but good and popular shared kitchen. We met lots of other travellers during our stay, most of them already visited many places in Peru so they shared recommendations as most of them were traveling north. On our turn, we could share our experiences in Ecuador and Colombia, while playing the travelers card game Cambio.
This card game is played by and known to almost every backpacker in South America. We learned it in Colombia and regularly meet so many other backpackers knowing and playing this game. Ok, the rules are sometimes slightly different, as is with most card games, but the basic is the same.
We spent our days relaxing, doing laundry, surfing (well Martin of course) and spending hours on the lovely beach and watching sunsets from the cute little lighthouse on the hill a few minutes walk from town. Mancore is quite famous for surfing although it only has one place where there is a proper beachbreak creating waves up to 3-4 meters. As these wave continue to the beach it is a great spot for both experienced as starting surfers. Definitely a place we’d recommend and wouldn’t mind to get back to one day.
Just a little warning we experience own hand: if you ever end up in a nice looking beachfront restaurant and find out that there is no running water in the entire restaurant after you’ve been to the toilet and want to wash your hands…cancel your order and RUN! Or you will find yourself hugging a toilet in the middle of the night.
Next stop: Huanchaco