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Máncora

Our last stop in Peru after Lima was Máncora, a surfing destination close to the northern border with Ecuador. It is a popular backpacker spot but most importantly, it has a beach.

We decided to find somewhere quiet to stay and found a nice bed and breakfast just down the road from Máncora. Marcial and Cecilia were wonderful hosts, great cooks. We really enjoyed our stay there, some much needed seclusion.

Our room at Marcilia Beach Bungalows

Our hosts explained that at this time of year the humpback whales were travelling south along the coast. That afternoon, as the sun was setting on the horizon, we saw a humpback from the comfort of our deck. We rushed down to the beach and watched the creature launch itself out of the water, again and again. Magic.

After two nights of solitude we shifted to Máncora, where we stayed for three nights. Again, peace and relaxation were on the cards. Fortunately some friends from the dune boarding adventures were also in Máncora so we caught up with them. A friendly Irish lad also became a regular drinking partner.

Kimbas Bungalows

Máncora was a good stop but we were surprised by how austere the landscape was. Much of the Peruvian coast is arid and desert-like. Máncora was an orange, rocky expanse with a beach. If it wasn't for the surf break it may not have become a destination in its own right. We had heard that Montañita in Ecuador was better so we packed our bags, gulped down some ceviche and said goodbye to Peru

 

 

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Celebrating Four Months in South America

Hola from San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, where we have just celebrated four months on the road.

The view coming in.

 

The lake edge near the city centre of Bariloche.

 

We spent last night in our hostel drinking fine wines over a 'home cooked' meal of fish and chips. There was a good group of people in the common room and soon the guitars came out and we rocked the night away. Great fun, doesn't get any better!

 

Local trout with homemade chips.

 

Harry and Mark keeping the crowds happy.

Thanks for following our adventures!

 


Dos Cerveza

Made it safely to Chile on Wednesday afternoon. Highlight so far: rocking into a bar and saying “Dos cervesas por favor.” Have also sampled a Pisco Sour, delicious.

Arrived late after flight delayed so slight hitch in plans. Immediately hit the sack for some catch up sleep. We stayed at La Casa Roja, an old wooden mansion converted to a hostel by an Australian couple. It looked fantastic, several courtyards, a pool, two bars and a restaurant. Bueno!

Now in Puerto Montt after an over night trip in a bus. Both very tired, have not had a full nights sleep for awhile. Hoping to take it easy today before catching the Navimag ferry tomorrow.

Adios.

 

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