Blogs from Piura, Peru, South America - page 3


South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora May 25th 2012

Nothing in this blog can be held against me. I packed up my tent and bags and went to sit on the side of the highway to wait for a collectivo van to roll up. It only took about 15 minutes before one arrived. I hopped in, and an hour and a half later... I was grinning beyond belief, in Mancora again. This is my 4th time here. The plan (hardeeharhar) was to stay in a different hostel where I could cook for myself. I'd be on the other side of Mancora and have to walk here every time I wanted to see friends. That was short lived. First I went to the store to grab some gin and 7up. I was standing there when two peruvians came up to me and started saying, "Amiga de ... read more

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora May 17th 2012

For days I craved leaving, I awaited anxiously my debit card. UPS lied a bit, but eventually it arrived (funny, 4 business days from CANADA to PERU, then another 4 business days until it crossed Peru to me. Oh Peru.) But as soon as I got it... I was ready to stay another few days. It's funny, when you stay somewhere a week or so, you really form a little community. It happened in Huanchaco, and it happened here in Mancora. And you know what? It happened last time I was in each of these places, too, two long years ago. If any of you who I met way back then are reading this, know I still miss you dearly. And I'm about to miss a whole new crowd like crazy. Today I went to finally ... read more

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora May 13th 2012

Well, I'm not sure I have much to write, really. Again I've just been being lazy. I arrived in Mancora on Thursday, and started bartending that night. I worked again the following afternoon and all was well, fun and great. But then the evening fell and once again I began to feel off. The boss man wanted me to stay 2 weeks, and I started realising I'm not sure I want to even stay a week. I slept on it and woke up still feeling uneasy, antisocial, and like I'm not in the right place. It's just been all party party party for ages, and that's really not what I'm here for. I'm looking for something, I've just no idea what that may be. I'm sure it's not to be found in any location, but I ... read more

South America » Peru » Piura » Piura February 4th 2012

It’s 3am. Freezing cold. You’re outside, standing in the rain, being spat on by a shaman, wondering why? The shaman is having everyone strip down to their underwear and dance. After a full day of rituals you just can’t take it anymore; time to end the madness. You ask to retire to your bed. The locals, who have traveled from opposite ends of the country to see this guy, say that removing yourself from the ritual cancels the entire day for them. After an hour of pleading, the shaman spits on you a few times, tells you that you have a horse and that your father doesn’t love you, and allows you to retire to your bed. Rewind a lot. It’s the morning morning, not the night morning. You are here because you hear about a ... read more
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South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora January 19th 2012

Our plan for new year was always to return to Peru and spend a few days celebrating at the beach bungalows with our not very sane amigo Carlos. So, with this in mind we departed Banos by bus and after 8 hot and bumpy hours arrived in Guayaquil where we only had enough time for a meal, a beer and a sleep before getting up early to catch another bus that would take us to Peru (a ten hour journey). I hope that my dear readers understand what trial this travelling lark is. It is not all about seeing ancient wonders, lazing on beaches, swimming with turtles, experiencing new cultures and cuisines, having daily adventures and meeting new and interesting people !!! Indeed not. Your correspondent – periodically – has to spend several hours on a ... read more
we like to call it home
our awakening view
night falls over Los Organos

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora December 3rd 2011

We are heading further north along the coast and our last stop in Peru was Máncora, another fishing village turned surfer paradise. When we arrived in town after a shaky night-busride, we were picked up by the owner of our hostel in an old, white VW beetle. Our hostel "Kon Tiki Bungalows" sits enthroned on a hill over the city and we had a great view of all of Máncora and the surroundings. Máncora is the prime vacation spot in Peru, not only for sunburnt backpackers but also for locals, so it is not surprising that the main street, "Avenida Piura", was packed with restaurants, hostels, bars, kiosks, surf shops, fruit-stands and craft-stalls where you can literally buy everything. The beachfront is lined with bars and restaurants that offer cocktails and fresh seafood. In high season, ... read more
Breakfast with a view

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora November 21st 2011

To mark the end of our time in Peru, we chose to stay in a small fishing town on the pacific coast. The place is called Los Organos and our accommodation was the most spectacular beach bungalow. We shared it with Neil and Nilla and several litres of rum and beer. Your correspondent has some hazy recollections of our stay here and will try to recall some for his dear readers. The bungalow is owned by Carlos. He is a Peruvian who lived for many years in Australia, thus he has the most bizarre accent that you could imagine. He is also quite mad but one of the best guys we have met on our travels. His plot of land on a hill just back from the ocean has four bungalows. Each has it’s own view ... read more
the fleet is in town
rum may have been involved
a small place we called home

South America » Peru » Piura » Piura November 15th 2011

Amazing Galapagos wildlife and some other bits of Ecuador. Look away now if you don´t like photos of birds and iguanas.... read more

South America » Peru » Piura » Talara » Lobitos November 4th 2011

This is a little bit of a catch up entry, so it's not just about the beaches, but also includes a brief stay in Lima and a trip to a fantastic musuem in Chiclayo on my up the coast of Peru. Heading North I landed in Lima from Iquitos and following some haggling, I scored a taxi to a recently opened hostel near the historical centre of the city. I'd chosen to spend the night in 1900 Backpackers purely because it's location near the centre of the city, meaning it's nice and far away from the bland Miraflores, but the hostel is actually one the best I have stayed in anywhere. It is inside a large restored colonial building and has retained it's ambience whilst being converted into a hostel. The ceilings are high, the dorm ... read more
Crabbling to the Pier
Surfer at Sundown
Blank Streets of Lobitos

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora August 29th 2011

It's been awhile, but I've had a busy couple of weeks in Peru! First of all, signing up for classes was a pretty big hassle. The enrollment day was Monday the 22nd, the 2nd week of classes and signups started at 9 with a first come, first serve policy so we had to get there early. Oh yeah, and it was only international students signing up so most of the classes were already full with only a couple of extra spots. I got to school an hour before signups and was feeling pretty good about it, but I got my number and saw I was the 130th person to arrive that morning!! WHAT? So I was a little nervous about getting the classes I wanted. It took forever, but finally at NOON I was able to ... read more
Cloudy Mountain
Coconut man

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