Blogs from Piura, Peru, South America - page 5


South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora November 29th 2010

As soon as we crossed the border into Peru the temperature rose by about 10 degrees, and we saw the sun for the first time in a while which was a nice welcoming. We entered via the Panamerican Highway which runs parallel to the coast, between the mountains and the sea. After about half an hour of driving through grassy land, we were into a barren and rugged landscape not dissimilar to that in The Hills Have Eyes. We were driving through the same unhabitable environment for what seemed like forever, when all of a sudden a town started to appear. Only on the coastal side of the road however, the other side remained rugged. We had arrived in Mancora which is a small beach/surfing resort in the north of Peru, and was our destination of ... read more
Loki Del Mar
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looking out to Mancora beach

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora November 18th 2010

After our evening in Lima we headed to Mancora, Peru's best  know surf town, for some more r&r in the sun.  On arrival the town appears nothing more than a small collection of concrete and 'giant bamboo' shacks. However our hostel was one of the nicest we've stayed at with a lovely pool and bar and also complete with its own petting zoo (1 cat, 1 kitten, 1 dog and 7 puppies!).  We spent four days here chilling out by the pool or on the beach and enjoying some of the good food the small town has to offer (lots of fish). We also got to meet up with some friends, Nicola and Laura, who we first met back in San Pedro and have coincidentally since enjoyed the salt flats, inca trail (which we all booked ... read more
Mancora Beach
Mancora Beach

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora September 22nd 2010

And now I have finally arrived in Peru, as always, completely behind schedule. My last weeks in Ecuador were decadent, a little lonely and fascinating. After a couple of days lazing in Canoa, I headed south to Puerto Lopez, and it was on this bus ride that I became convinced that the men on the coast are very very different from the men in the mountains. On this one short ride, I was propositioned twice. Once by a sweaty eighteen year old who asked outright if i would kiss him on the lips! After a firm refusal a second boy replaced the first, and from nowhere produced a long stemmed pink rose for me. It was a little overwhelming. The men in the town as well are very forward and spend most of their days leering, ... read more

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora August 11th 2010

From Trujillo, we headed north to Mancora, a gringo's paradise. A quaint little surfing village, with mainly English speaking establishments, in the very northern part of Peru. When we arrived, we tried to check into the famous Loki hostel, a massive hostel complex, resembling a hotel moreso than a hostel. As it was the final of the World Cup while we were there, we wanted to stay somewhere with a good athmosphere. Unfortunately, there was no room at the inn at The Loki hostel, so we booked ourselves into another small hotel nearby. We watched the World Cup in the Loki hostel and the Dutch fans were out in force. So I became a fairweather Dutch supporter for the day, to fit in with the crowd. Unfortunately, we were disappointed, the Dutch fans presumably more than ... read more
City Iguanas
A pidgeon with his ancestor

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora July 30th 2010

Writing you from the last left of our trip and the third installment of our series 'Engagement Honeymoon in Peru', this installment is called 'Mancora Beach Getaway' . After a stopover in the not-so-pleasant Machala, we continued on back over the border into Peru - and it might sound like sarcasm but I swear its not - I had missed Peru. My time in Ecuador was marred with parasites and I know it was too rushed to make a proper judgement, so I will make an improper judgement: I like Peru much more than Ecuador. Other than being a little pricey, Ecuador came off as very American-wanna-be (tons of 'American Clothing' stores, using US currency, etc) and Peru has an undeniable character that her Ecuadorian brother has lost is his search for the American dream. The ... read more
Naif beach hideaway
Naif beach kitchen
Naif kitchen

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora July 28th 2010

Aangezien we weer een lange rit voor de boeg hadden, hebben we in Lima een luxe bus genomen naar Mancora. Helaas bleken we achterin naast het toilet te zitten. En hoewel het verder echt een luxe bus was (zo is de bus bijvoorbeeld voorzien van draadloos internet), was het toilet duidelijk al een tijdje niet meer goed schoongemaakt waardoor alles in een straal van drie meter werd bedwelmd door een penetrante urinewolk. Gelukkig waren er nog twee stoelen helemaal vooraan aan het raam vrij. Na overleg met de busconducteur zijn we toen daar gaan zitten en hebben we de rest van de reis weer normaal konden ademhalen en film kijken. De volgende ochtend arriveerden we in Mancora; een klein surfersdorpje helemaal in het Noorden van Peru niet ver van de grens met Ecuador. Na aankomst hebben ... read more
Balkon hostel Mancora
Eitje bakken voor ontbijt
Keuken hostel Mancora

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora July 14th 2010

Lazy days. After leaving Trujillo we've headed north to relax by the beach for a few days - this time to a place called Mancora. It's a real tourist town after what we've had for the last couple of months, you can't move for sunglasses salesmen and 2x1 drinks offers! Still, we're in a posh little bungalow with hammock and a flower bed in the bathroom! Leaving SKIP was a bit wierd, quite sad really. You live and work with the same people for a couple of months and then you're off. It's a shame to be leaving all the grubby little kids too. Made some good friends, and had some great times though so that was all good. Also had a good leaving do where we took over a balcony in a bar and saw ... read more
More from Sarah's class
Team photo
My English class

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora July 9th 2010

We arrived in Mancora on morning of the 6th (Tues) and now that we're at the beach, I feel like we're on a vacation from our vacation. The Loki hostel is like a resort right next to the beach with a pool, bar, ping pong table, and loads of daily activities for less than $9 a night! I've definitely decided that I want to open a hostel somewhere abroad when I retire...I've been keeping tabs on what is good and what is bad. Since traveling is one of my biggest passions, it's pretty much perfect for me hehe Mancora is gorgeous and the people are super friendly, however it is more touristy that the cities we've been to with more gringos, especially at the Loki... The highlights: We watched the 2 semifinal soccer matches with everyone ... read more
Finally playing futbol!
Colaborating with my team paa
More sunsets

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora June 27th 2010

Sunday We got there Sunday settled in, shared stories with the dorm both ways and decided to go to the bar. At Loki you don't buy anything with cash, you put it under your name and dorm number and pay everything at the end which is a dangerous power to give me! We sat at the bar I got a toastie and Hollie got tomato pasta, it was nice to have something simple instead of avocado or plantane on your plate like the last 3 weeks. We jut had a quiet 1 having 6-7 beers whilst chatting to a lovely bird named Jenny. Monday Woke up and sampled the free breakfast of flat breadbuns (not cakes) with butter and marmalade, plus free tea and coffee. Not great only did that once. Looked at the board and ... read more

South America » Peru » Piura » Máncora June 21st 2010

Crossing the border from Ecuador to Peru and arriving to Máncora Finally on Monday (21.06.2010) I managed to leave Salinas, and I took the bus in the evening at 8:30pm, because another bus broke down and was replaced by this one, direct to Guayaquil with the bus company CICA (or CLP). After two hours of watching a very, very bloody movie, I arrived in Guayaquil at 11pm. I went immediately to get the busticket for the 23:30 bus to Máncora (company CIFA) and purchased one ticket for 12,5 US$. I bought a sandwich, had a coke, bought some water, used the toilet and went to the bus, which was a little bit late, so I had time, to buy some sweets and a newspaper to spend my last few US$. When you buy the bus ... read more

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