In a country which unfortunately has not yet had the opportunity to be well educated about this planet and the importance/how to look after it, we were incredibly thrilled to discover Eco Lodge Mancora, an amazingly designed lodge by the talented owner, architect, and builder, Tom. With the materials used being natural, recycled, and local - the earth was considered every step of the way throughout both planning and construction stages, including energy and water consumption being controlled. And we love that these earth-preserving principles are continuing to be applied.
As soon as we stepped foot into Eco Lodge we were instantly surrounded by calming and good-hearted energy. The girls in reception greeted us with warm smiles, welcomed us to our new home, helped us with our baggage, offered us coffee, tea, food, and encouraged us to make ourselves comfortable.
Mancora can be quite a busy and loud little town, so to be so close, but yet so far from the hustle and bustle of this surf village, was such a perfect compromise. All the staff were so friendly and happy to help, with many of them being bilingual (Spanish / French / English), always handy when travelling with limited Spanish!
As we arrived early and our room was not yet ready, we were given a tour of the lodge and kindly seated in the outdoor dining area and provided with a late all-organic breakfast - fresh juice, coffee, bread, jam, cake, fruit salad, and yoghurt - our bellies were extremely thankful for one of the most delicious, nutritious, and natural meals that we had enjoyed in South America for some time!
We were truly made to feel at home and provided with towels to use while we enjoyed the swimming pool and day beds, with funky soul music playing while we soaked up the sunshine and chilled-out atmosphere. The common pool area was surrounded with table and chair areas, deck space, sun-beds, hammocks, books, magazines, and many beautiful palm trees - it was difficult not to feel anything but very refreshed & relaxed!
It wasn’t long before the staff advised us that our room was ready for us, generously allowing us to check-in early. Eco Lodge has a number of different rooms for different types of groups, from matrimonial rooms for couples or 2-3 people, a double story duplex lodge, or a suite that can accomodate up to 4 people - perfect for families or groups of friends. We were shown to our sanctuary for the night, completely gobsmacked and in awe from the second we opened the door to our room!
Our suite was located on the top and third level of the Lodge, a spacious area full of natural light, cane and wooded furniture, shell light fittings, and the most heavenly bed.
There was also a seperate dressing room space to store our clothes and bags, a safe, mini-bar fridge, cable TV, and couches. Our ensuite bathroom was large and luxurious with two basins (his & hers!), a large mirror, a super-sized shower with a pebbled floor set in concrete.. soaps, body lotions and soft large white towels at our disposal. With a private balcony looking over the ocean, and a private terrace looking over the garden and pool area, we had both inside and outside options for chilling.. Our fresh and naturally decorated retreat was nothing like what we have seen before, and we spent some time taking photos for inspiration to take back home with us for when we one day build our own home.
As we did not want to leave our little haven for the night, conveniently Eco Lodge offer a food delivery service from five highly rated but affordable restaurants in town, each a different styled cuisine. We browsed through the menu’s and settled on thai from Buda. The friendly reception staff made a phone call and within 30 minutes our delicious room service meal had arrived. Sushi, pad thai, and curry - each tasty, and huge serving sizes! With a fridge stocked with an assortment of alcoholic beverages and many red wine options, everything we needed for the night was right here!
We awoke excited for another delicious breakfast and made our way downstairs to where we were greeted by the other guests and owner Tom. We sat and enjoyed an espresso coffee while chatting to Tom about how this eco-lodge came about. He explained that initially his plan was just to build a refuge for himself, and a seperate lodge for his friends when they came to visit - this quickly however expanded to being open to the public, and now a place that is in high demand especially during high season. Eco Lodge was a personal experiment for Tom, where he decided to start construction without specific plans/sketches, only a vision in mind.. just how the locals do! With all building materials sourced from within 10km’s of Mancora, Tom used the resources which were available around him to build his own home away from home.
Breakfast day 2 was just as delicious as day 1, and Tom explained to us that his coffee is sourced from an organic company nearby, the bread freshly baked by a local in the neighbourhood, the fruit salad and fresh juice changing every day depending on seasonal produce, the marmalade made here onsite, and then a different main course each day (today it was french banana crepes!)
Sleeping a total of around 17 people, Eco Lodge has such a pleasant atmosphere, never too crowded, but always a friendly face about. Offering on-site massages and a yoga platform/classes, there are so many options for soothing your soul and body here! And if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, Eco Lodge can assist you with organising surfing, kite-surfing, paddle boards, horseback riding, swimming with the turtles, and much more!
Eco Lodge offer a standard late checkout of 12 noon, however as our next bus-ride was not until later that night, we were invited to stay and enjoy the pool and outdoor areas in the lodge, and keep our bags stored until we needed to leave.
We hope to be able to return to Eco Lodge another time, however as Tom informed us, he has plans to develop many more lodges around Peru in the future - already with another lodge on Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca (more info can be found at www.amanticalodge.com, it’s definitely now on our bucket list!)
For more information or bookings at Eco Lodge Macora, check out the following link www.ecolodgemancora.com - we had the most incredible time here and did not want to leave this beautiful hidden environmentaly friendly kingdom!