In late November, I set off for the north of Peru, for a 4-day holiday, to make the best of the sun and beach as the weather in Lima was not as pleasant as it is now and nearby beaches are quite stony and dirty. I already dreamt about Máncora in August when my boyfriend was here and we were suffering from cold and grey weather. So for the first time, I travelled alone, well not exactly alone as you´ll see later and I had a lot of fun!
I travelled to Máncora by bus (sic!), a 20-hour journey but the Peruvian buses are adapted to such long journeys and it was not as bad as I thought it would be after all. I had no plans really, my only goal was to see the northern beaches, enter to the warm Pacific waters and just relax. Then I wished to visit the famous museum Tumbes Reales del Señor de Sipan in Lambayeque, as a guide in Larco Museum I learnt so many things about Señor de Sipan (Peruvian equivalent of Tutankhamun when it comes to the value of artefacts found in his tomb) and mention it during my tours so it was important to visit it for myself.
I arrived to Máncora on Friday morning and was literally attacked by a swarm of taxistas as soon as I got off the bus. It was unbearable, they were following me asking what hotel they could drive me to or wanted to recommend some places to stay that cost an arm and a leg. I lost it and got helped by a young cop. I walked to the beach and entered to the first hospedaje I came across and just left my stuff there (Hotel Baco that I do recommend- located in front of the sea, a single room with warm water, air conditioning and private bathroom cost me 20 soles a night- approx. 5 euros which was a bargain in this expensive part of the coast).