Churros on mancora beach

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2015

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Flag of Peru  , Piura,
Monday, December 10, 2012

Not knowing where we wanted to stay other than that we didn't want to stay at Loki we jumped in a taxi and told him to take us to a hostel. After looking at dog poo hostel we decided it probably wasn't the place for us and so went to another hotel where we got a huge room with a little outdoor table and we could hear the sea- it was perfect. The guy was living there with his French girlfriend and her mum- smokes a lot lady who we noticed over the next few days did nothing but lay in a hammock and chain smoke. We decided to go out and explore so headed to the beach nearest us, it was so quiet and stretched for miles- we could see at the other end there seemed to be some bars and restaurants and so headed down for a look. It was so hot, the sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. There were lots of little beach bars lining the sand and at a place which is meant to have the best surf in Peru was surprisingly lacking in waves. We wandered through the town which consisted of shops selling bikinis and lots of t shirts with mancora splashed across the fronts, we also realised pretty early on that all the tuk tuk drivers offered drugs along with taxi rides and they all singled out tai as a potential customer whenever we walked past!!
We decided to have some lunch and then spent the rest of the day sunbathing and watching the kite surfers. To my delight as well at 3pm we heard a beach seller walking past shouting churros, we bought one and they were delicious and according to his vest he was on mancora beach selling them every day at 3! As the sun went down we headed back to our hotel drank some beers and played some cards before heading back out to sample the local nightlife, expecting to find chilled little beach bars playing bob marley on repeat we were shocked to find bars playing music so loud we could hardly hear each other talking as we walked past - there was about 5 and they were all completely empty. We thought there must be other places to go so walked up into the town- everywhere was dead. We settled on a place where a couple of people were and ordered some cocktails and was joined by a local guy who then invited an American over the our table. We spent the night chatting and decided he was probably the most indecisive person we'd ever met- having been in Peru over the period his visa lasted as he couldn't make up his mind on when to leave places. We tried a couple of other bars- both were empty and called it a night. The majority of people we'd seen in mancora were all wearing Loki wristbands and being in a big concrete enclosure we figured that's where most people probably stayed in the evening.
The next few days we did much of the same, lazed on the beach- ate churros and played cards.
On our last night we found an awesome restaurant where they served homemade pasta and tuna steaks for around 3 pounds - it was awesome and we spent the night there drinking cocktails, we headed down to the beach after and the bars actually had people in them so we sat on the sand and had a couple more drinks before heading back to the hostel. The hostel owner was still up when we got back and asked if we wanted to join him for a couple of drinks. He had some pet dogs and we'd noticed that one of them looked like she'd recently had puppies so we asked him and he showed us 9 little 7 day old puppies all still with there eyes closed and falling about on top of each other!
We stayed up with him for a while and then headed to bed.
The last day was our final day in mancora and feeling the effects of last night we spent the day on the beach under the shade of a palm tree.
That night we headed to Ecuador on a bus which unfortunately had a broken seat which was stuck in the dead upright position so I spent the night sleeping half on the floor- half on the chair- like a dog!
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Seeing those puppies was obviously a vision of the future ;)

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