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Punta Máncora

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  • Day16

    Máncora, Peru

    April 25, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    New country, more incredible sunsets, beach time and friends.

    Our overnight bus direct from Montañita had us reaching the Peruvian border around 4am which meant we had to get up and clear customs for each side. Once upon a time this border was not overly safe or straightforward, but now it has been simplified to the point that the Ecuadorean and Peruvian border security is all in the same building, just a desk apart. The whole process was very smooth, taking a mere 20 minutes for our entire busload to cross into Peru. It was definitely one of the more relaxed border crossings I’ve done, especially considering we didn’t even have to get our big bags out of the bus. I guess they’re going on trust that you’re not bringing in anything you shouldn’t be?!

    Máncora already had much more of a relaxed vibe than Montañita. One main street that stretches for a couple of kilometres parallel to the beach, mostly consisting of restaurants and stalls selling the usual junk clothing.

    Kit, Bronte and I had already booked a hostel we’d been recommended but it ended up being at the complete opposite end of the beach to the surf and all the restaurants and the like so we ended up swapping hostels to one with our other English friends which was more amongst the action. Loki hostel could have been mistaken for a resort in Greece - huge multi-level white buildings surrounding a swimming pool with loungers. Definitely out of place from anything else we’ve seen recently and a mere 10 steps from the beach too. There were a few times we got sick of the place though as it became a bit of a forced party hub each evening but it was still a good time.

    We filled our days here mostly with beach time, pool time, surfing, paddle-boarding and watching some more incredible sunsets. One thing I love about travelling is having the time to appreciate such things. We did intend to go and see some turtles or go fishing down the coast one of the days but this happened to coincide with some of the local fishermen striking about their pay, which meant it was impossible to hire a boat due to them blocking the bridge we’d be required to pass through. Not to be, clearly!

    For our last night in Máncora we ended up getting an Airbnb just a little out of the town with other friends that we’d met back in Montañita. With the strike from the fisherman happening on the bridge near our hostel, we had to walk through some of the protest to get a tuk-tuk from the other side to the Airbnb. Thankfully everyone was cooperative enough! It was really good fun and nice to have a break from hostel life and have a sense of normality staying with a group of mates at our own place, similar to a New Years vibe at home. Kit, Bronte and I only stayed one night as we needed to keep moving but I definitely contemplated missing my bus to stay an extra night with everyone else. However the following day I would have had nothing to do all day until the night bus as the others were leaving early morning so had to cut my losses and continue on!

    Typical we left the Airbnb with plenty of time to get back to the city to catch the night bus south to Huanchaco, only sit on the curb for almost an hour and a half waiting for said bus to turn up. Joy. I think we’ve well and truly overstayed our welcome here!
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  • Day200

    Mancora

    July 15, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Maria and Bianca both had reservations for different hostels but when I told them I was staying at the Point hostel close to the beach they both decided to join me there. The hostel was one of the party hostels with happy hour three times a day and a full moon party saturday night. But it only came second after Loki which was located more convenient in town so the need to party wasn't to bad. It wasn't the nicest hostel but somehow it had a good vibe and we met a lot of nice people. There was a sign outside the hostel saying "You only think you are leaving but you will be back" - almost everybody I met here (including me) stayed longer than originally planned.
    On our first night we met Nik, a guy from New Zealand and Midas, a guy from Belgium. We had dinner and a few drinks together but all went to bed quite early - I don't know why these days of traveling are always so tiring.
    The next morning Bianca met Kyle, a guy she had met before in Bolivia. He was traveling with two girls, Becky from England and Maria from Holland. We all ended up going to Los Organos together to swim with the turtles. The whole thing was supertouristy. You went to a beach where you had to pay to enter a landing bridge to see the turtles. To actually go into the water you had to pay again. Here you became a life vest and where allowed to swim within a marked square in the ocean. The turtles were free to leave at any time but as they were fed they didn't have a reason and didn't mind the kicking and screaming tourists. I had never touched a turtle so I couldn't stop myself from doing it. I got a little scared when the really big ones came close but I made friends with the smaller ones.
    Back in Mancora we talked to different bus companies to figure out how and when we would leave the next day. Nik who was planning on leaving that day decided to stay a day longer and bought a ticket together with Kyle, Becky and dutch Maria to go to Guayaquil overnight the next day. Bianca, Maria and I couldn't make up our minds and decided to buy our tickets the next day.
    After all that organization work we went to the beach together and had ceviche and beer.
    Back at the hostel decorations had started for the full moon party. We started drinking with the next happy hour and hung out all together around the pool. A few more people joined our crew as Kyle, Becky and dutch Maria left to party in town at Lokis. The party wasn't really special but we still had a little to much to drink.
    I woke up the next morning feeling lazy and decided not to check out and catch an overnight bus to Huaraz that night but stay another night. When I told Maria she was still up for catching the bus to Lima later in the afternoon but she came around and decided to also stay another night.
    We went to town later that day and bought our tickets. Other than that we spend the day at the pool enjoying the sun. Kyle, Becky and dutch Maria spend the afternoon at Lokis again and got back to the hostel pretty drunk. I still felt hangover and didn't know how they did it but maybe it's actually easier than to sober up. They went to catch the nightbus with Nik after dinner and our group shrank quite a bit.
    The next day we all didn't do a lot besides chilling by the pool and eating before getting on our busses around 5pm. Bianca and Maria took the fancy "Cruz del Sur" bus with airplane like service and food to Lima while I got on my cheap "Challenger" bus that should drop me in Casma for another bus to Huaraz.
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  • Day29

    Loki...und dann

    October 5, 2016 in Peru ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Loki, der nordische Bösewicht. Ein berühmtes Partyhostel und meine erste Station in Peru.
    In Mancora, welches nicht viel mehr als 10 tausend Einwohner hat, kann man abgesehen von diesem Partyhostel nur Surfen...Und Kite Surfen.
    Es erscheint ein bisschen wie ein Gringo Spielplatz für die Kids der westlichen Staaten, wobei die Zimmer in Hostel eher den Eindruck einer Gefängniszelle vermitteln. Es ist ein komischer Ort, wobei es diese Orte an den Küsten der Welt zu hauf gibt.
    Für mich ist es vor allem das erste Mal das ich das Stille Meer, den pazifischen Ozean, sehe. Und mal ordentlich schwimmen gehe.
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  • Day223

    Mancora - 4 Tage

    April 6, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Hallo Peru !

    Mit Nachtbus aus Cuenca kommen wir morgens um 5 in Mancora an. Im Dunkel wirkt das eigentlich sympathische Küstenstädtchen heruntergekommenen und unheimlich. Aber wir dürfen schon in unser Zimmer.

    Als wir dann getuscht und ausgeruht bei Tageslicht nach Frühstück und Einkaufsladen suchen sieht die Welt ganz anders aus.
    Peru ist arm das sieht man an vielen Stellen. Wir sind mittlerweile dran gewohnt und stören uns weder an zerfallen Gebäuden noch an kaputten Straßen und Stromausfällen. Uns gefällt es auf Anhieb.

    Mancora ist ein Bade- und Urlaubsort. Wir wohnen in einem geräumigen Zimmer mit Garten, alle sind freundlich der Strand ist sauber und ich hab gute Wellen zum surfen. Kurz um uns geht es gut und wir fühlen uns wohl. Im nachhinein bereuen wir es dann auch nicht ein paar andere Ziele gestrichen zu haben um länger in Mancora blieben zu können.
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  • Day69

    Mancora - party town without guests

    December 10, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Relaxing @ Pacific coast party town Manchora: Though really few people around due to offseason! Still enjoying the sunny weather and white sandy beach 😊

    Daniela J.

    As crowded as New Zealand beaches :)

    12/11/19Reply

    who's that guy?

    12/17/19Reply
     
  • Day176

    Mancora

    July 20, 2015 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Heute früh nach dem Frühstück sind die Kanadier Richtung Süden abgefahren und mir standen 7 Stunden in zwei weiteren Bussen bevor, den Direktbus hatte ich nämlich verpasst, aber hatte immer nette Mitfahrer, die mir gesagt haben was ich wann machen muss (weil Mancora gar kein offizieller Halt war zum Beispiel) und kam dann am frühen Abend hier an, einem Touristenort am Strand. Aber es hat irgendwie auch Charme und alles läuft entspannt ab. Morgen wird mal in aller Ruhe relaxed :-)Read more

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Punta Máncora, Punta Mancora