Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

On our first morning in Mancora, we were disappointed to hear that our campground had no water, which meant no washing facilities and also no flushing toilets. It was a good enough incentive for us to look for somewhere else to stay for the rest of our stay. We grabbed a simple breakfast of eggs, bread, juice and a coffee at the same restaurant that we had been to the night before. Then went for a walk along the beach to scout out our options. The whole place seemed quiet, with hardly anyone else on the beach or in the restaurants. The main beach area had a few hotels, with rooms overlooking the beach, which then continued sporadically for the next 10km down the coast. We considered moving out of Mancora completely, but thought that we should give it a go for the day first. We have done this time and time again, when we are in the swing of things with cycling lots, we struggle to slow down and enjoy a place and often decide to carry on cycling in the search of somewhere better.

We inquired into a couple of hotels that were on the beach front and found one that had a lovely room, with beach views. It had a private balcony with chairs and a hammock and a path that lead straight to the beach within 5 meters. We decided to pack up our tent and move into this room, to see what Mancora had to offer over the day.  Thankfully it proved to be a good decision.

As the next couple of days unfolded we grew to like Mancora more and more. It was crazy that each day more and more people were on the beach, and the sea was getting packed with surfers and kite surfers.  More restaurants along the beach front opened each day and many had chairs and tables set up right on the sand. The whole town was coming alive with tourists and South Americans who had descended on the beach town for Christmas. I was pleased to see that the vibe had really picked up and we weren't the only ones strolling along the beach in the mornings anymore.

We spent 5 days in total enjoying our beach break; spending the majority of the time lazing on sun loungers, playing in the waves, walking the beach or eating cerviche. As the meal was so cheap, we both tucked into it a couple of times a day, and usually washed it down with a coconut back on the beach. It was all very relaxing and just what we needed to rejuvenate our tired muscles. The most strenuous thing we attempted was taking a dip in the sea and trying out a bit of surfing, which proved to be really difficult!

On Christmas Day our daily activities were much the same, with the only exception being that I spoke to most of my family on Skype. We enjoyed lots of food, and watched the sunset over cocktails on the beach. We then happened to find a steak restaurant that we hadn't seen before and probably wouldn't have normally eaten there anyway, as it was “Western Food at Western Price”. As it was Christmas Day though we decided to treat ourselves and tucked into 10oz steaks, with prawns and a delicious sauce. It was just like you would get at a good steak restaurant at home and it set our taste buds alive.  There wasn't rice to be seen and it actually had some real flavour to it, which is more than can be said for most of our plain, simple rice with chicken meals.

On Boxing Day we completed more bike maintenance as we have now cycled close to 3000km on this trip, over the past 2 months. In the morning we were informed that as it was now Boxing Day the price of the room would almost double, as they were entering the peak season, which starts the day after Christmas and continues until April.  Well, I guess that explains why everything was only just starting to open because the season hadn't really started yet when we first arrived into the town. We were grateful that it had stayed a relatively reasonable price over Christmas, as it was becoming crazily expensive after that.

Therefore we spent the day in the hotel, using their sun loungers etc and moved to a different campground as the sun was going down. We decided to splash some cash in the evening again, and had a delicious Osso Buco, with Risotto; beef that had been slow roasting for 8 hours, in a yummy tomato based stew. It tasted nothing like Peruvian cuisine and we thoroughly enjoyed it, as one last Christmas treat!
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Oh, so glad, you two had a Great Xmas. I know it wasn't like home, but that beautiful sunset,the beach looked so fun, and even the balcony. Looked beautiful. More appealing than all our snow......... Love and hugs. You's have put so many km..... You's have to be strong..

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