Eyeball Treats from Mancora, Peru

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Mancora Peru Beach

Sand castles are nice. Sand castles with the name of the location built in, brilliant.

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.

The streets of Mancora Peru

Mancora's #1 form of transportation, the MotoTaxi. Pictured here cruising main street.

The beach in Mancora Peru

Mancora's most popular beach - a perfect place for good 'ol slow motion run.

Surfing in Mancora Peru

Chicks Who Surf Turn Me On.

Beach in Mancora Peru

OMG! There is so much going on in this photo I can't even begin to explain it. Ice cream, horses, surfers, whaaaat?

Mancora Peru - Beach Construction

This is how you build a Mutha' F*#@'n Sand Castle like a BOSS

Cevicheria in Mancora Peru

A Cevicheria in Mancora Peru - Serving the best Conchas Negras (black shellfish)

Conchas Negras from a Cevicheria in Mancora, Peru

Crushing Conchas Negras. Delicious.

Mancora View from La Mirador Lighthouse above town

The view of Mancora from a lighthouse above town

Sunset in Mancora Peru

"Chau Sol, Hasta Manana" - Mancora

Moral of the story: Life’s a beach man, but dude, always wear sunscreen. (hippie voice)

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    1. Author

      You should see my armpits now though Christine, a beautiful coco buttery tan!

    1. Author

      Yeah, if you’re not heavy on drugs or surfing it’s solid for a few days and then time to move on.

  1. peru

    It’s amazing what you manage to do in so little time. At the end you could go surfing? that’s funny. At least you could savor the delicious Peruvian food

    1. Author

      Whoa hey Peru, I was just talking about you. I’d like to try my hand at surfing soon but it’s just not in the cards yet. You have some great places to surf though and your food is delightful.

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