From Lima we flew to Piura, a city in the north of Peru. You definitely don’t want to stay long in this hot, dusty and crowded place; we had a quick lunch and then took the Eppo bus (4,5 hours) to Mancora. We had a week to chill in this small beach town!
We first stayed at ‘Aquamarinn’, a tranquil place close to the beach and owned by a Russian family. Nice, but just slightly too far walking from the center. The first two days we lay on the beach and took a surf class. Unfortunately the waves were a bit disappointing and apparently lower than normal in this ‘surfers paradise’. After the first days we moved to ‘Laguna surf camp’, another quite place (at least during the day…) with hammocks and a little pool. Our favorite lunch spot in Mancora was ‘Green eggs and ham’, where they have delicious sandwiches with sweet potato fries and fresh mango/orange juice for a good price. Good restaurants for dinner were ‘Aqua’ with amazing tuna and ‘La Sirena d’Juan’ where we had the best lemon pie for desert ever.
After four days we wanted some better waves and a bit more silence during the night so we moved to Playa Lobitos; about an hour driving by taxi (or 2,5 hours by bus) from Mancora. This was the real surfers paradise! Besides surfing there was nothing you could do here…perfect! We stayed at ‘lobitos surf house’ where our room and terrace offered a view over the beach and the surfers. We stayed here for three nights; we went surfing 3 times a day, ate 3 times a day a nice meal that Bernardo (the owner of lobitos surf house) cooked us and we played with Marley, the huge 10-months old puppy of Bernardo.
After those 3 days we went back to Mancora and stayed two nights at hotel del Wawa, right at he beach. A beautiful place to finish our beach&surf week; ready for our trip in Ecuador with the family!