Peru beaches

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Once again after another brilliant South American experience (Machu Picchu) it was time to hit the road. We went for our last breakfast with Adam and then it was time to say good bye. I flew to Lima, Peru's capital, and met Vick an old friend from Canberra. We spent the next few days hanging out and seeing a few of the sights in the local area. Dinner overlooking the cliffs and coast line of Lima, a few hours spent in the markets and lots of walking around. Pauly and Kate soon arrived from their horrendous bus ride from Cuzco and seemed very pleased to have made it alive! A day or so of dinners and lunches together then it was time for us three to head north to find some nice beaches and for Vick to start her whirlwind tour of Peru.
Our next stop was Pacasmayo to meet Timbo, a close friend (Moggy's) boyfriend, who I had never met before. Pacasmayo didn't really have much going for it unless you surfed, so while Pauly and his new surfing buddy Timbo were out paddling around in the cold water, Katie and I enjoyed what our hostel had to offer, and that was large hammocks and cable T.V, with a friendly turtle thrown in for good measure that would just wander into our room and hangout for a while.
Timbo did get me out in the water one day and was kind enough to loan me his wetsuit while he used some other old crappy thing. Cheers mate. I still don't know for sure whether he actually thought I could surf or just chose some bad waves for me to catch, but as usual I got hammered trying to catch a wave and then spent another 20 mins trying to paddle back out again!! Cheers mate! So for the next two days my arms were too stiff to move. haha
As the waves weren't as good as the boys had hoped we decided to head further north up to Mancora, a small little town based around surfing. Once again the waves weren't that good there, so as Pauly and Tim jumped on a bus to head back south to Lobitos for a few days, Katie and I took control of the beach and spent most of our time relxaing in the sun and having a great laugh people watching while having the best banana smoothies one can think of with a bit of local seafood called Ceviche. A fish dish or mixed seafood that is marinated in lemon juice and served cold. Ahh beautiful! When the boys arrived back from their surfing tour we enjoyed the next few days having a laugh and celebrated a belated birthday for Timbo at our local hangout on the beach called 'Point Place', owned by a lovely couple who kept us entertained until the wee hours of the morning. It was also the place where we started our evenings with the beautiful sunset Mancora had to offer.
After dinner at our favourite Mexican restaurant (five nights in a row)and enough smoothies to last a while it was time to leave Timbo while he headed south and we travelled north! Good times mate. Thanks for the laughs!!
Next stop Ecuador.

After leaving Timbo with his one T-shirt and a pair of board shorts (since his bag still hadn't arrived after being lost on a flight 20 days earlier) we jumped on a bus that was to take us over the well known dodgy border crossing into Ecuador. Fortunately for us all went well!. We arrived into Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city. We had planned to be in and out of there in a day but soon realised we had to change all our plans for further travel together as it was going to be too expensive to head to Central America for Kate and Paul and then to return to Buenos Aires. On the afternoon of the World Cup Final we found a small bar with a big flat screen and settled in to enjoy the final with the owners.

After a few days we headed to Montanita for more sun and beach action. As soon as we arrived we felt like we had arrived in a party town that lived off backpakers and had great restaurants and bars to support this constant flow. Unfortunately the sunny weather from Mancora didn't follow us up the coast and so we had a week of fog. But no worries, we had a cool little bungalow and hammock to relax the days away and some great restaurants to choose from every day. Katie and Pauly ended up adopting a family of children who sold chocolates all day and night. Instead of giving them money, they decided to feed them. Nice to see some happy faces getting something decent to eat instead of more chocolate and rubbish. It was funny how the family kept growing every day though!
A night out on the town Ecuador style with lots of dancing and laughs both with the locals (yeah Katie...tiny dancer....Ecuador's smallest man) and our lovely neighbours on both sides of our cool bungalow.
After a fantastic week of hanging out for the last time together in South America, we headed back to Guayaqill and spent two nights before it was time to say goodbye. Pauly and Katie.... Cheers for making this such an awesome and unforgetable experience. Legends!!
Off to sit on the beach in the Caribbean. See you all there.
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