Monday, August 6, 2007

Damn tourists

Mancora is tourist filled beach town on the very Northern coast of Peru. The locals there have to live with the unhappy duality of at once depending on tourists for their livelihood, while also despising the very sight of these intruders from afar. The result is a town full of good food, decent accommodation and easy transport all served up with a undisguised scowl, backed up by an attitude bordering on outright hostility. Of course, the reason for this attitude could also be to do with the fact that the town seems to lack any running hot water. Cold showers never mean a good start to the day.

Anyway, once you can see past the frowns, Mancora is an especially good place to hang up the thermal underwear and enjoy a week or so in nothing but a pair of shorts. After months of bitterly cold temperatures, climaxing with the recent salt flats tour, the constant sunshine and hot, dry air provided the perfect conditions to thaw out. Apparently, Mancora is the only place on the coast that enjoys this utopian climate, the areas North and South tend to be covered by cloud at this time of year. Our bodies soon turned a healthy brown, as we enjoyed long days by the pool or on the beach.

No comments: