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.