Eyeball Treats from Mancora, Peru

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)

My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!


  1. 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. 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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