Trip Start Dec 09, 2005
10Trip End Dec 31, 2005
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Mancora is a small (and we mean small) surfing town in the upper northeast corner of the country. About 2 hours south of the Ecuador boarder. We're spending 3 days here. Last night, Christmas Eve, we arrived in Tumbes, met a great couple from Puerto Rico and shared a 2 hour cab ride to Mancora (ALL FOR THE BARGAIN PRICE OF $20). We arrived in Mancora around 11pm (Christmas eve mind you) and still hadn't found a place to stay. Most everything was booked. A lady from Utah actually, who was living in Mancora for a year, heard us talking and offered to help us find a place - like Mary and Joseph except we are not pregnant with baby Jesus. A friend of hers she said had a bungalow "right on the beach". "It is booked tomorrow, but I believe it is empty tonight if you want it". Great right? Wrong. Remind us to never trust anyone from Utah. At night it looked awesome. A Cute little beach hut nesteled amongst the palms... single bulb for light - quaint, beachy
The next morning, Christmas day, We Woke up ....Oh, the silent majesty of Christmas morn... the clean, warm breeze of the holiday ocean air... a mortifying sight of our scorching case of bed bug bitesl - or "Guinea-flic-u-litis" as we now like to call it it. (Caused by bed sheets that have NEVER been washed. We mean never - like ...EVER). Hammah-time! ,We had a rash from head to toe. Still itching today actually and We took great pictures of it. Needless to say we were relieved that the place was booked - and we foubd a much better place down the beach. Christmas day was spent in clean sheets, private hot shower, patio right off the pool...and lounging all day on the beach buying crap from whoever strolled by, eating pineapples and drinking pisco sours (Peruvian margaritas). We hung out with the Puerto Rican couple a lot who ended up staying at the same place. They died laughing when they heard about our "rash".
We Had a great time. Most of the people that live here are hippie surfers from all over the world. There isn't a whole lot going on, but what a nice break towards the end of our trip.