Couple of days ago I posted a photo project "Postcards from Peru". It was a selection of photos from my one month trip around Peru. I travelled through 4 different climates—from the Pacific Ocean and desert of Mancora, to the long forgotten rubber kingdom of Iquitos in the Amazon jungle, to the bustling coastal metropolis of Lima, and finally all the way to the last capital of the Incas in the high Andes.
In the next series of posts I will be posting more photos each location. The first stop on itinerary was Máncora district. On the North of Peru on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, just an hour away from Ecuador, is the Máncora District with the Pan-American Highway passing right through its desert. Máncora doesn't look much like the Peru most people experience. Unlike the Andes and the Amazon, the northern coast is mostly desert, and the Incas didn't have an impact here.
To be honest I had some mixed feelings about Máncora. Though advertised as the best Peruvian beach destination Máncora area appears to be quite abandoned in the desert with long stretches of dusty sand cliffs and isolated fishing villages. It was still an interesting place to visit, and there was something pretty in the emptiness and abandonment of this place. But I would hardly call it a "beach destination" in comparison to what I have seen in both Central and South Americas.