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Photo Essay: The REAL Mancora Peru

Mancora Peru

Welcome to Photo Essay Week! While we have had many adventures, none can really be summed up as much as the pictures speak. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

After everything that I had read and all the recommendations for Mancora Peru, I had somehow built up this stunning resort town that I was going to find on the northern coast of Peru. I was planning on sipping cocktails with small umbrellas in them while enjoying the surfer vibe.

And while it did have the surfer vibe, I found Mancora to be surprisingly… well, a normal South American city.

Unless you stay in the few pricey hostels/hotels off of the boardwalk, the rest of Mancora is a little dusty old town with mud houses and no trees. It is a surfer paradise right underneath the strong sun in a very arid desert.

Where were the palm trees I was imagining?

Overall I did prefer the more down to earth, “quiet”, local side to Mancora over the Disneyland like tourist boardwalk, complete with shirtless hippies, barefoot surfers, and rowdy partygoers -but- there is one thing that Mancora will make in the Over Yonderlust record book: The most stunning sunset of my life.

Mancora Pictures

Mancora Images


Mancora Beaches

Mancora Peru

Mancora Sunset

Mancora Peru

14 thoughts on “Photo Essay: The REAL Mancora Peru”

  1. It is good to see what the town really looks like. Spectacular Sunset. The motorbike tuk tuk thingie (love that word) looks like an old fashioned carriage.

  2. Hey Erica! Your photos are awesome! Hope you guys have really been enjoying your South American adventure. Any idea what your plans are moving forward? Is Southeast Asia in your future??

    1. @Laurie: HEY LADY! We have been LOVING our time in South America. I think we’re looking at possibly working in either Australia or Japan to save up some money and get some expat experience. 😛

  3. I’m so glad you got to experience the real Manorca, Peru. The tourists sights are nice, but as the world becomes quickly interconnected, the “real” of any city gets lost in a sea of tourism. Going off the beaten trail is certainly a way to reconnect with the real culture and traditional lifestyle of a country’s citizens.

    I learned this while train hopping in Germany. The only times I felt real culture shock were when I would stop off in the tiny villages, or “dorfs”, far away from the major cities and tourist destinations.

    1. @Kae Lani: At first I was a bit sad that we couldn’t afford the better hostels and hotels when we were there but man, after this experience, I was so glad we were on the “normal” side of Mancora.

  4. That cat shot is definitely a little gory, but it’s exactly what any of our pampered housecats back home would do if they had the opportunity!

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