Mancora, the disappointing entry in Peru
We reached our first stop in Peru early in the morning when it was still dark. And it was quite creepy! The bus stops somewhere in the middle of the town and most of the accommodations (ours as well) are located near the beach (more or less 500 m from the center). We would have normally walked such a distance, but many local drivers insisted that we either take a tuk tuk either wait for the sun to go up or we risk to get shot or cut for money…what a “great” first welcome in Peru!!!
We took a tuk tuk and passed through ghetto-like streets; nothing happened and we reached the hotel safely, but with a horrible sensation of fear.
At least the hotel was a nice place, quite laid-back and chill, full of young people from all over the world. But we’ve been told the rules from the beginning: do not hang out on the streets or on the beach after dark, do not have visible camera or other valuables at any time… a girl from our hotel was threatened with a gun just in front of the hotel the first night we were there…crazy! Worse than in Colombia!!!
So we couldn’t enjoy too much this small beach town on the northern Peruvian coast. Despite a large beach with quite soft sand, the water was quite cold and greyish, the food was not too tasty and everyone just had a too high sense of awareness all the time.
However, the Bear tried something new – surfing – and I guess he is quite a native talent. He was able to get up on the board from the first try, looked quite sexy in his surfing clothes and had a lot of fun! At least a positive thing in this ugly town full of fear.