BEACH: Mancora Beach
WHERE: Mancora, Peru
WHY: Renowned for its amazing seafood, relaxed surf-town atmosphere and hippy vibe, Mancora is the kind of place where you go for two days – but stay for two weeks. Our advice? Head straight to Green Eggs and Ham, the café on the beach that serves the best shrimp quesadillas in town
HOW: Most northbound coaches from Lima will take you straight there. It’s a mammoth 17-hour journey, but the coaches in Peru are seriously luxurious so time will fly by.
H2O TONE: Peruvian turquoise
SAND TONE: Pralines and cream
STAY: Embrace the low-key boho vibe and stay at the Kokopelli Backpackers Hostel. Don’t be scared: friendly staff, gorgeous pool, food to die for and a real community atmosphere makes this luxury backpacking at its best.
INSIDERS TIP: The Hostel Loki is deceptively beautiful from the outside but there is nothing “low-key” about it – it’s a gigantic party hostel. But, then, that might be what you’re looking for…
WHEN: Summer in Mancora runs from December – March and will delight both surf-bums and sun-worshippers alike. There’s a slight chance of rain, but rest assured it will still be deliciously warm all year round.
By Jennifer Needham
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