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Jan 19, 2010 - Piura (Peru)

This was my first stop in Peru and my intention was to get straight on to a bus and continue travelling south. However, because of a bus strike I found myself having to stay the night. The place was hot and dusty, the roads were congested with impatient drivers all beeping their horns and there was nothing to do here. There were a few of us who found ourselves stuck here and after we had eventually managed to find a bus company that was operating we had the whole day to kill so we made the most of the situation by drinking cold beers by the...

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Jan 12, 2010 - Mancora...a new day a new country

Our first stop in Peru. The accommodation is basic, there are 4 of us sharing a room, the weather is hot and humid, and there is very little to do. We have 2 days here, I wish we had only 1 day here, and an extra day in Cuenca. I think many others agree, though there are a few who prefer the beaches here. The town is beautiful, though small, straddling both sides of the Pan American Highway. As said there are only 2 things to do in the town, sunbathe or surf. I have had enough of sunbathing, spending a large proportion of my time on the...

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Nov 29, 2009 - Peru: Mancora

Mancora is Peru's most popular beach resort and we took 3-4 days to boogie-board, body surf, relax and sleep. We ate lots of seafood and had ceviche every day. The sleeping part was tough as we stayed at the wild Loki Hostal, which caters to 20-something backpackers who have nowhere to be tomorrow (or for the next week). Ear plugs came in handy but it was delightful to hear the waves lapping the shore each morning.

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Nov 3, 2009 - ...went on for days...

We were assured by many people along the way that a bus from Piura to Lima would be departing within several hours, but of course that was not at all the case. The next direct bus wasn´t until 8pm or something ridiculous. At this point we had also incorporated two very boring and unhelpful Irish boys who were in the same predicament as we were. I was the only person who spoke much Spanish so stress levels were running high.

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Aug 4, 2009 - rio de janeiro, salvador

hello all!! jackie and i just realized how little time we have left and were incredibly sad about that..rio was absolutely amazing by far the best part of our trip..we made some unforgettable friends that we spent every waking moment of the week with. two irish claire and david, two brothers from the kansas nick and alex, and a girl from north carolina, meredith, and peter from london. the group jibed so well and it felt as if we had known eachother for years. needless to say we all want to reunite somewhere in the next couple years but...

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Jul 21, 2009 - Mancora, Ecuador, Panama, Brazil

Hey everyone, Sorry it´s been so long since our last entry- quite a bit has happened since then. We´ll give you a brief summary of our last 2ish weeks. -We did the 18-hour bus ride from Lima to Mancora. The seats were really really comfortable and it went by quickly (despite the man who snored really loudly all 18 hours). -We had an awesome week in Mancora at Jackie Vargas´s hotel soaking up the sun and enjoying the good food. -Our bus from Mancora to Guayaquil broke down on its way to Mancora, so we had to take a van to Tumbes (further...

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Apr 4, 2009 - Boarder crossing - to Mancora

I want to call this the great boarder crossing of 2009, but I think that title may be reserved for the next crossing, anyways the point is this was pretty special... So we got an uneventful bus ride, stopping to get our exit stamps on our passport and the Ecudorian side and ended up at an inbetween town. Now the experience begins... We hire a bike attached to a massive wooden tray type thing in front. I was the lucky one who got to sit on the bike and pedal. All our big bags were on the tray and we surrounded the tray to protect our...

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Feb 9, 2009 - Sunny Days

Woke up to warm breezes and sun. Had a meeting with our new leader Sylvana,and we like her, she is both organized and relaxed. Everyone is pretty tired from our long day of travel yesterday, spent the day relaxing on the beach, body surfing, drinking from coconuts, sleeping on hammocks, and shopping at the sidewalk vendors. Got a hat that looks kinda silly, but who cares. Craig wonders how it will fit in my backpack. Craig- Jeanne and I were I think the oldest people in town. Mancora is "wild", propably 50 bars for a population of <1000,...

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Jan 14, 2009 - Peru, Mancora

Our first stop after leaving Guayaquil was the beach town of Mancora in the north of Peru. We stopped here for a few days on our way to Ecuador and decided to come back because it is the nicest beach we visited on our trip. Its hard to believe that a small surf town that has the busy Pan American Highway as its mainstreet could be so tranquil. There were times we would forget this is the busiest highway in South America until a huge semi-trailer would come rolling through town. The town was basically the main highway and a few dusty dirt...

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Nov 23, 2008 - Mancora

First border crossing on my own! No foreign travellers in sight. Bus is ´direct´, but we have to get off three times: exit Ecuador, enter Peru, Peruvian customs. Muy confusiada! I´ve asked my driver ´Mi mochila esta bien?´'Si. Si.´ But the bus takes off anyway with everyone else on board along with my backpack. Ah ha, it returns later after dropping the other passengers at the Peruvian border down the road. Nov. 23: First night - accomodation is a shit hole (sorry - only way to describe it). Concrete floor, holes in the walls let mossies...

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Nov 19, 2008 - Into Mancora, Peru

After such a hectic time in Chiclayo, we headed north to Mancora, Peru. What a blessing we encountered! In route, we went to Cabo Blanco. This is a small fishing village where Ernest Hemingway visited. It is believed he got his inspiration to write "The Old Man in the Sea" after fishing here. The largest fish ever caught here was a black marlin, weighing in at 710 kilos (that's 1,562 lbs.), caught in 1953. What can we say about Mancora - it's the most beautiful place we've been - especially after our trials of Chiclayo. We stayed at Mancora...

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Nov 9, 2008 - Mancora

Tomamos un bus a Mancora. Pasamos varios dias caminando por la playa, viendo las nuevas casas y hoteles, disfrutando el sol, y saliendo en la noche. Ahora se ve un flujo de turistas que no se veia antes en Mancora, en una semana cualquiera. El sol siempre radiante. Despues llegaron mi papa y unos invitados de USA. El plan cambio a comidas y conversaciones tranquilas. Todo muy bien. Por fin llego el dia de volver a Lima!

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