Peru – I’m HOME!

We’ve set up in the fishing/surf town of Mancora. This little town is located in the far north of Peru, only 2 hours across the Ecuador border.

Whenever we roll into a new town, the first order of business is to secure a place to stay. We have an unusually high demand list. It’s pretty entertaining to watch the faces of the employees as Stevie rolls through The Sprinter Life housing requisites.

1) Do you have internet, Y or N? If N, no further questions required. If Y, proceed to #2

2) How strong is the signal? The answer is always “muy fuerte”, regardless of whether or not it’s true, so we always follow up with “please give us the password so we can test it on Skype.” If able to connect, proceed.

3) How much is a room with a private bathroom? If less than $25 per night, proceed.

4) Is there a secure place to park the van? There is usually not, so next question, is there a secure parking lot within 10 city blocks? This is the maximum acceptable walking distance.

5) Is there access to a kitchen? If N, evaluate the local restaurant options and proceed accordingly.

6) Is there hot water? The answer is always yes, regardless of whether or not it’s true, so we always test. Anything above luke warm is a win.

7) After we move in and pay for one night, we present Kiki and ask, do you accept dogs?

Sometimes we get lucky right off the bat, and sometimes we walk around a town for hours! In Manorca we hit it on our 3rd try.

It’s very rustic, has super strong internet, luke warm water, a terrible kitchen, amazing parking, and it’s RIGHT in front of the point break. Price, $14 per night.

You always miss what you don’t have, and for us that is routine. When we get to a place where we’re going to stay for longer than a couple days, we both try to fall into a flow. For me that has been easy here…

5am – rise and eat breakfast

5:30am to 8am – surf

8am to 5:45pm – work on Outdoorplay

5:45pm to 6:45pm – happy hour sunset on the malacon

6:45pm to 8pm – dinner, walk around town

8pm to 10pm –  free time

10pm – bed

Below Stevie and Kiki enjoy our front yard during the 5:45 to 6:45 pm family happy hour time slot…

Overall, we LOVE Peru so far. And that is why I intend to petition the Peruvian government for citizenship, which I believe I am entitled to.

I think it is indisputable that if a country names a beer after you, then you should automatically receive full citizenship in that county whilst receiving a lifetime supply of said beer.

That’s not only fair, it’s the right thing to do. I’ll keep you posted on my efforts.

Carry on – TREE




  1. Lorraine Chittock says:

    PLEASE, if you haven’t already passed it already, please stop in Colan!!! There’s a white South African woman who lives there by the name of Rosemary and she has a wonderful animal org! She’s done amazing things for the animals in this area!!!! I stayed at her place and walked her dogs for 2 months!!! Please walk those dogs for me!!!!

  2. Welcome to Peru! We are in Arequipa now – The White City. So lovely! I think its the most lovely city in Peru, after Machu Picchu. See you in a week in Trujillo!

  3. Cyndi Lou says:

    Trujillo – Cerveza de los Campeones!!!! Now that you found the gold you can buy a real car, use the god-damned airways and stay in rooms with a indoor toilet and a door that locks; you god-damned country crawlin’, easdroppin’, commie writin’, cocaine leaf eatin’ hippies!!!

  4. Mauro y Naty says:

    Excelente parqueadero….

  5. Ivan Prates says:

    YOU’RE IN PERUUUUUU!!! Holy frog you’ll love it! But don’t trust any Peruvian – they have that terrible malice directed to tourists. Don’t miss the Huaca de la Luna pyramid in Trujillo, the Andes in Huaraz, the boat trip to Islas Ballestas in Paracas and obviously Cuzco, the most beautiful city in the new world (from where you get to Machu Picchu) – and definately GO to Sacsaywaman site in Cuzco! Let me know if you need any information, as Anna Penna and me spent 45 days in this astonishing country. Have a great time!

  6. mamatuyas says:

    Not all Peruanos are ” filled with malice” at tourists or travelers. Many are seeing their standard of living rise with new opportunities.Try doing some homestays with families and you will get insights into their struggles, their great hearts, their family focus, their gracious “allni” spirit. (Allni means sharing everything, all for one and one for all in a family or community.)) They work together, share resources to help everyone. Especially in small rural communities allni is alive. Yes, in big cities there is hopelessness and resentment, as in big cities everywhere. But overall, Peruanos are saturated with a spiritual and national/family pride that allows them to be gracious and hopeful. This is my experience here, another view.

  7. I think the beer company should have the right to use you, Kiki and Stevie as spokepersons/animal beer lover for the beer.
    Other than that, I see nothing wrong with your proposal to the Peruvian Government.
    They should also let you pass on any fees, documentation from police, US Government FBI files or CIA files and give you a free pass on importing the van.
    Your routine sounds acceptable to an American expat, but would probably drive any Latin American crazy.
    Enjoy the waves dude and dudette – Kiki too.
    John D. Wilson

  8. Don’t work so hard. Tristen has odp covered. I miss you guys. Chattanooga is going well. Been climbing a few times really I’m just working a lot.

  9. Greg Lavespere says:

    Love it. Let me know if you ever have a void in your sales/marketing team at Outdoorplay.


  10. Paul Lyttle says:

    need surf pics next post K

  11. Tree- next time you are the states.. we have to go climbing. Don’t worry- I think I have climbed like 6 pitches since the last time I climbed with you lol. Anyway- enjoy the surf- Are you guys going to climb a Mtn anytime soon? Getting close. Oh- and my wife and I are getting started on our sailboat plans. Detroit lake is a perfect training ground for the adventures to come.

  12. Why does Stevie look like she’s getting sucked in to the wall? And Kiki looks possessed in that picture.

    • you must be referring to my mad photography skills? And no, that isn’t a blue ribbon around kiki’s neck. It’s a poop bag.


  13. Hi Tree & Stevie,
    We were introduced to you by Luis & Lacy. We first meet them in Antigua Guatemala (where we live) and have followed them ever since. We started our traveling 13 years ago when I (John) retired and we started two companies which we are able to service while on the road (sort of). We moved to Antigua to be closer to our businesses 4 years ago, then did a three month trip to South America in search for a place to settle down. We thought we had found it in Bariloche Argentina and bought property there without living there first (mistake). We moved there in 2010 for six months to build our dream house on this incredible property and soon discovered all our reasons for not living in Argentina, so moved back to our place in Antigua to begin preparing for a drive through Central and South America. We own a Nissan Patrol and an Outlander off-road trailer (decided to buy the trailer to serve us in “emergencies” and “opportunities” (like camping when we cannot find a hotel, or if we find an exceptional place to camp, setting up for a week or whatever).

    We drove our Patrol from Guatemala to Arkansas to buy the trailer. Upon arrival we learned that it was going to take 4 months to build so we drove 22 states while waiting for it (totally custom built with everything we wanted). We picked it up and drove back through Mexico to Guatemala (camped 2 times – once near the builder so we could find any issues to be worked out, and second at a friend’s vineyard/winery in Texas). We then departed for the island of Roatan in the Bay Islands off Honduras as Anita’s son was setting up a beach bar restaurant there (spent two months), then back to Guatemala for one of our travel groups. We eventually began our drive through Central America and on to South America (a lot of going back and for to take care of business over the past 3 years). We are currently in Macara Ecuador getting ready to cross the border into Peru this morning. I asked Luis who had Peru experience and he directed me to you guys. I am reading your website and, indeed, getting lots of good advice and guidance.

    As a result of NOT camping we have decided to sell the trailer if we can find a buyer on the way. Otherwise I feel like I am just hauling around dead weight. Hope life is going well for the 4 of you in Lima. Would love to get to know you and to hook up when we get to Lima.

    Best regards,
    Joh n & Anita

    • Hey guys,

      Thanks for reaching out. Sounds like you’ve had quite an adventure. We’d love to get together and swap stories. We’re posted up in Lima and will be here for a while. Let us know as you get close. We’ve got some great restaurants picked out so lets have dinner!

      If you have any questions about Peru, just email us as well.

      Don’t miss Chacapoyas and Cajamarca.

      Drive safe and we’ll see you soon! – TREE

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