Warm water

Trip Start Apr 23, 2005
Trip End Mar 31, 2006

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

We arrived early in the morning and having finally got to sleep, Glenn had to drag me semi-conscious off the bus and sat me down on a roadside bench while he explored for accomodation. The surroundings were similar to Huanchaco: The buildings were a bit untidy and most of them incomplete. This is apparently due to a law in Peru which allows people to avoid paying building tax on their properties if they are incomplete. This means that the vast majority of private buildings are 2 or 3 stories with a 3rd or 4th story consisting of outcrops of ugly reinforcing steel. The coastal plains of Peru are arid with lots of sand and rocks. It reminds me alot of the costa blanca area around alicante in Spain.

Glenn found a decent hostel a little way out of town which we booked into and then headed straight to the white sandy beach where we ran, swum and just relaxed in the Sun. We headed to a beach side bar and met up with the Dutch crew we had met in Huanchaco - Kiki, Denis and an Aussie, Andrew.

The next 5 days were spent relaxing, partying and generally enjoying ourselves. Not great for interesting reading, but great fun.

The one stand out day was a surf trip Kiki, Andrew, Glenn and I took to a remote beach South of Mancora. We hired the services of a local guide and headed out in the early morning. The scenery on the way was arid desert interspersed with oil pumps (the sort with the big arm on top which rocks up and down). We got to the beach to find an almost abandoned ghost town. The place was fascinating, filled with crumbling buildings and remnants of a once thriving oil town (Now everything is automated). Next door was a still operational military base which controlled access to the surf beach, so we had to drive through the base to get passes which allowed us onto the beach and go through 2 checkpoints manned by army personnel in full uniform. Once at the beach we were greeted with a fantastic break, deep blue water with oil rigs spotting the horizon. Iīd never seen anything quite like it in my life. The surfing was great, but I didnīt do as well as my second day which was a bit dissapointing. After a full and exhausting day we headed back into town and had a quiet night.

Our time in Mancora and on the beach was up as we had to join our tour in Lima. Glenn and I said farewell to our now good friends Andrew, Kiki and Denis and got in an overnight bus (this time a luxury job) and took the 17hour bus trip back to Lima. Thankfully, our farewell celebrations had left me exhausted and I slept most of the way.
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