Like being greeted with glass of champagne, Peru welcomed me to Mancora with sand and sunshine. Something I accepted gratefully after weeks of gray skies and rain in Cuenca, Ecuador (especially in El Cajas).
As mentioned in the November Update, I was so excited about soaking in the sun and devouring Peruvian ceviche that I may have climaxed a little too quickly.
The traveler’s diarrea was bearable, but my first ever armpit sunburn was not okay.
I walked around for the next two days with my arms half cocked like I was on steroids. I promised people at the hostel I wasn’t a meat head, just an idiot.
The small beach town of Mancora is a popular surfer and backpacker stop as well as a vacation hotspot for Peruvians. I was told people flock to the beach all year round, especially on weekends in the summer (Dec-Apr) and Mancora’s biggest celebration is New Years Eve.
I spent 5 days in total in Mancora, enjoying the tranquil surfer vibe. I spent the first 2 playing in the sun and the next 3 hiding from it.
Here are visual treats for your eyeballs to kick your weekend off right.
Moral of the story: Life’s a beach man, but dude, always wear sunscreen. (hippie voice)