Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We inquired into a couple of hotels that were on the beach front and found one that had a lovely room, with beach views. It had a private balcony with chairs and a hammock and a path that lead straight to the beach within 5 meters. We decided to pack up our tent and move into this room, to see what Mancora had to offer over the day. Thankfully it proved to be a good decision.
As the next couple of days unfolded we grew to like Mancora more and more. It was crazy that each day more and more people were on the beach, and the sea was getting packed with surfers and kite surfers. More restaurants along the beach front opened each day and many had chairs and tables set up right on the sand. The whole town was coming alive with tourists and South Americans who had descended on the beach town for Christmas. I was pleased to see that the vibe had really picked up and we weren't the only ones strolling along the beach in the mornings anymore.
We spent 5 days in total enjoying our beach break; spending the majority of the time lazing on sun loungers, playing in the waves, walking the beach or eating cerviche. As the meal was so cheap, we both tucked into it a couple of times a day, and usually washed it down with a coconut back on the beach
On Christmas Day our daily activities were much the same, with the only exception being that I spoke to most of my family on Skype. We enjoyed lots of food, and watched the sunset over cocktails on the beach. We then happened to find a steak restaurant that we hadn't seen before and probably wouldn't have normally eaten there anyway, as it was “Western Food at Western Price”. As it was Christmas Day though we decided to treat ourselves and tucked into 10oz steaks, with prawns and a delicious sauce. It was just like you would get at a good steak restaurant at home and it set our taste buds alive. There wasn't rice to be seen and it actually had some real flavour to it, which is more than can be said for most of our plain, simple rice with chicken meals.
On Boxing Day we completed more bike maintenance as we have now cycled close to 3000km on this trip, over the past 2 months. In the morning we were informed that as it was now Boxing Day the price of the room would almost double, as they were entering the peak season, which starts the day after Christmas and continues until April
Therefore we spent the day in the hotel, using their sun loungers etc and moved to a different campground as the sun was going down. We decided to splash some cash in the evening again, and had a delicious Osso Buco, with Risotto; beef that had been slow roasting for 8 hours, in a yummy tomato based stew. It tasted nothing like Peruvian cuisine and we thoroughly enjoyed it, as one last Christmas treat!