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.