Beaching it at Mancora
Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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Iīm in Mancora... a beach resort on the northern coast of Peru. It is a small town and very simple but has a great climate, friendly people, an outstanding nightlife and great food. It is also very, very cheap.
Yesterday was a huge travel day, travelling 5 hours from Cuenca to Huericelles... a small, dusty town on the Ecuador/Peru border. The scenery in southern Ecuador is stunning... towering mountains, green pasture, leading to the flat grounds of the coastal towns. The border crossing was the most lax Iīve come across with no gates etc., but two simple outposts... one for leaving Ecuador and one for entering Peru. What was most entertaining was the fact that a young Peruvian guy offered to fill in my entry form. All he wanted was a 10c coke. One of the greatest joys of travelling independently RTW is the easy access to locals... one of the greatest themes of this travelpod. TO tell you the truth, I think my preference is to travel alone now. I couldnīt bear negotiating every turn, and relying to heavily on my travel partner etc.
Once we cleared customs, the group boarded another small van for the two hour bus ride to Mancora, through Tombes.
I think the group dynamics are going quite well... last night was especially good in that everyone cut loose, drank heaps and had a good time dancing in one of the busiest bars with the locals... put us to shame given their excellent salsa dancing. The Ecuadorian and Peruvians Iīm meeting are very friendly and keen to meet travellers.
We have 2 nights in Mancora before boarding an overnight bus tomorrow evening. We have the next two days to sunbathe, drink, eat, socialise and just relax... bring it on. Loving it!