Mancora Bay Hotel
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
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The next morning we all prepared for our hardest day - climbing up Mount Salkantay. Most of the group conquered the steep uphill climb on foot, while others chose to take horses (really mules) to ride up the side of the mountain. Both options were enjoyable because the views were so beautiful, even with the group of horses being led by a "guide" who looked no older than 9 years old!
After a lot of hard climbing and some horse-traffic jams, our whole group finally ...
... to tick off swimming in the sea and went for a paddle with Max and Bahadoor - before he headed off to his next place. The water was choppy and the sun hid for a while but it was still good to get a swim in. It was also a little strange watcing the birds flying over and then diving into the sea to catch fish... some came very close to us!
Monday soon arrived and we decided it was definitiely time to move on. So we got up, grabbed breakfast and headed back ...
... time for the beach and a second (ie proper) breakfast. After a dip in the ocean and some time at the beach we decided to return to the fabulous Loki facilities to hang out at the pool. Once the sun had gone down it actually got relatively cold so that we all got changed before taking another stroll through town for some cake before it was then eventually time to get our stuff and go to the bus station to board our bus...Ecuador here we ...
... sunset and then headed back to the hostel for a few drinks and dinner. Definitely worth the trip there for the sand boarding and buggying. The next day we just enjoyed the sun by the small pool before deciding to climb the dune to take in sunset. Against previous advice we went straight up, rather than taking the less steep diagonal path, and it was very, very tough. On a par with Mount Doom in New Zealand if not as long. After several breaks to catch our breath from ...
... slime could be seen clinging to the bottom and sides through the murky waters, which no doubt contained enough micro organisms to placate the demands of the national curriculum! Disappointed we returned to the room only to discover that the wifi signal did not reach that far, but by leaving the relative comfort of the fan and siting on the stairs you could get online. It's a very hot place, but we did wander down to the beach, it's big ...