Loki Hostel in Mancora, Peru is a great place for a fun loving person to meet awesome travelers from around the world. Mancora is predominantly a beach town in Northern Peru and it’s mainly known for its surfing conditions. Loki is situated a mere three minutes walk to the downtown area and is literally steps away from the sandy coastline. However, the visitors who book a stay here are usually younger and are always looking for the next place to party. As such, the hostel has quite a reputation for being the place to have a great time. Light sleepers should take note.
Although it is a hostel, mostly because of the availability of shared dorm rooms, one could easily mistake the premises for a high end resort. There is a large swimming pool and an area with hammocks which is absolutely heavenly for lounging with a drink. Plus, there is a large bar area complete with a pool table and the security onsite is very efficient. All guests are required to wear special wrist bands which are checked before entry into the grounds.
I had booked a room in a six bed dormitory with an ensuite bathroom. The bed was soft with crisp and clean white linen. The bathroom was well kept and stocked with toiletries, and a very large locker was provided for the safekeeping of my bags and valuables. I spent a total of four nights at the Loki hostel, although I had originally booked for two nights. The rooms were serviced daily and I generally had no complaints.
The bar was a definite high point during my stay. The drinks were reasonably priced although cheaper cocktails could be had outside of the hostel. For dining, there were menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I ate several times at the bar, and while the food was a bit pricey, it was always well prepared and tasty. I especially enjoyed their omelettes at breakfast along with complimentary coffee and tea. Such a meal was approximately $3 USD. The bar staff would check your wristband for your room number and you would be billed upon checkout. Happy hour equals discounted drinks and there was even a BBQ one night.
Loki Hostel is a good option if you are a young (or young at heart) traveller and you are on a budget. I paid only $11 USD per night for my dorm room and it was easily worth more in my opinion. It’s perfect for solo travelers and there are private rooms for couples or families. I easily recommend.
The Pillars of Hercules is a natural phenomenon in Antigua where water erosion carves out a cliff face into ‘pillars’ like those seen in Greek or Roman architecture. The site was recently nominated to become a ‘Natural Wonder of the World’, but sadly didn’t claim the title. Regardless, I figured a trip to see the pillars would be a great weekend activity.
There are two ways to get to there. For the physically adventurous, there’s a hiking path which takes visitors to the cliffside. To take this route, interested persons can inquire at the Information Office at Nelson’s Dockyard. We decided to take the easier route, and opted to hire a water taxi to take us out into the harbour for some awesome seaside views instead.
The day before, we went to Nelson’s Dockyard to inquire about the water taxi and to make our reservation. We took a leisurely stroll through the area, snapping photos of the different sights before we found the skipper of the water taxi. We made our appointment, then returned home.
The next day, we arrived about 4pm to begin our tour. Our Skipper was called Mannix, and he took us out to sea in a little speed boat. It became quite the adventure when we left the calm waters of English Harbour and came into contact with some waves of somewhat epic proportions.
We passed two ancient fortresses, known as Fort Berkeley and Fort Charlotte. They once protected the island from pirates and today they’re beautiful relics of Antigua’s history.
Before we knew it, we were approaching the Pillars of Hercules. The site was awe-inspiring, and it was truly astonishing to think that they were created by Mother Nature.
We snapped as many photos as we could before turning around to return to the harbour.
Mannix mentioned that he needed to pick up a few folks from Galleon Beach, so we got a little more sightseeing than we’d bargained for! It was fun to weave through the throngs of yachts, as we made our way to the jetty at the beach.
We moved over to make space for the newcomers then headed back for Nelson’s Dockyard.
After hopping out of the boat, we paid Mannix $4 USD for the trip, which in our opinion was a really decent price. We had such a great time, that I’m pretty sure we’ll be back with a few more friends before the year is over.
In all the 7+ months in which I’ve been blogging on this site, I’ve never given an actual shout out to the country in which I was born and raised. Therefore, I think I should dedicate a few posts to my favourite country in the world, Antigua. Antigua is part of a twin nation country of Antigua and Barbuda, and it’s located in the Caribbean Sea, smack in the middle of North and South America.
Just a few days ago I decided to tour my island, so I booked a catamaran trip with Jennifer, my friend from the European half of my Round The World Trip. The ‘Wadadli Cats’ sailing tour lasted for half a day, from 9am to 3pm and took us to snorkel on Antigua’s Cade Reef and to Turner’s Beach to relax for a bit. Antigua is also known as Wadadli, which is the original name which was given to it from ancient Indians who landed on its shores.
The catamaran tour was great, and allowed me to be wowed by the beauty of my nation from a gorgeous point of view: