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DAY 135-138, Feb. 22-25, Mancora - RECOMMEND, Temp: 28C, (380/16,820km)
Tried for an early start, which was impeded by a car blocking me in so I didn't get on the road until 8am. From the Mountains to the coast again with a bit of a dodgy stomach I wasn't sure I would make Mancora, Peru. Not many kms, but some tough riding with a border so 7 or 8 hours was expected. Cuenca to Santa Isabel C6R7T4V7 nice road with clean curves and fog. Santa Isabel to Pasaje C6R4T4V6 traffic in the way of detours, mud and rock slides. Pasaje to the Peru Border C4R7T4V6 banana plants and traffic until 3km to the border which is where the town of Huaquillas is. What, no one wants to go to Peru?
|Ok to get block in by Xavier's beauty
|Just want to sleep on those clouds
|Last bits of mountains and curves
|Lovely place for a rest stop
|Trust me Bumble you are better
|Giant speed bump!
|Don't miss the Ecuador Aduana stop
|left here to leave Ecuador Aduana
|Signs you have missed Immigration, shit!
|With out queues you don't know
where to go...
|Where are all the people? I heard this border was bad!
|Take a break boys
|Signs you don't want to stay in Tumbes. Looks chaotic.
|Look out ahead there's a road block
|Backpackers having to walk 3km
to get a bus on the other side of
In to Mancora after a straight road with nice coast views C2R6T3V6/7. It's a similar place to Montanita, EC, with the major difference being a highway running through the middle. With out the road blocks up north the traffic must be quite bad at times. I expect accommodation would be easy to find since people weren't crossing the border. I was wrong. Due to the blockade no one went to Ecuador so it was quite busy. Loki is by far the most popular hostel, but only had dorms so I eventually I came the HI La Posada across the highway that was good. A pool, private room/toilet (best shower detachable with 8 flow settings!), wifi, parking and a very engaging owner, Lusia who I always wanted to talk to. And besides it was possible to get day passes to Loki anyway where they have a good bar and excellent pool.
|Road side shops and housing
|Nice Pool at La Posada
|Cool Lusia at La Posada. That's how she rolls.
|Excellent Ceviche at
|Moto taxis enjoying the beach
|Main walk to the beach
|Can I get some more Watermelon delivered ASAP!
|Impossible to get a shot of the
beach with out this guy in it
|Main bar area and beach
|Bar and Restaurants a little too close to the water?
This happens everyday when the tide is in. You
can tell who's on their first day here.
|Sunset looks good to me
|Fishing boats lining the horizon
|A glowing walk
|Tasty, but a little odd looking
|Super Jenga at Loki
|Don't know what you call it, but it's
|Good fun with the English = Tom,
Elliot, Matt, Richard (Ben missing)
|So many Chileans in Mancora
|Fire twirling displays
|Could I do fire twirling?
|My buddy guard Martin from Loki
(6 photos and still no smile)
|End of the night burger or any time after 11:30pm burger
|Burger place in a good location
across from Loki on my walk home
|blocks on the center line that you
can really feel. I guess they don't
want me to pass illegally.
|A little green remaining at this point
|40,000km on the clock. No problems
|Some of the curves
|Very detailed sign. Good thing I
took a photo so I could read it later
|Above ground pipelining
|And then there was some straight road
|Road side shops and housing
|People of the road side
|I know you want to take a look, but a little space big guy
|Moto taxis galore
|Starting to see the lack of money in
Peru. To be fair I think the lack of
trees and greenery aids this look.
|The use of my highway foot rests (Not pegs to be clear).
|working the wet fields
|What Batman's moto taxi would look like
|Translation: God is Love
|Furry looking dunes
|Statue of Mary on the hill in Guadalupe
|About a 20km section of green in the middle of the desert
|stopped for a good shot
|Tough living conditions
|Huanchaco view from my room
|Couple of beers with Olivia (French)
Ana and Natty from Lima.
|Two kids squish a puppy on a bike
|You could stay at this place in Mancora for $300 a night
|More heavy and awkward transports
|My own version of awkward transportation
|This photo is more for the cool car