We stayed here for 4 weeks as we stopped our journeys for some serious R&R at our first beach destination in South America. We found references to this place online and it sounded a lot more relaxed than many of the other "party" hostels in town.
The location of Guacamayo is at the north end of town in the more local neighbourhood- slightly away from the noisy action centre and closer to better part of beach, however the noise does tend to carry over the whole town.
The rooms are a good size with private bathrooms with hot electric showers and the beds come with mosquito nets. All rooms have a hammock outside.
Price wise I think it would definitely be the best value in town (there are a couple that are cheaper but much more basic and many that are more expensive offering less).
The grounds are really nice and Sylvia and Martin the owners put a lot of effort into it constantly planting new trees and flowers (will look great when all mature). There is also a terrific pool which they clean everyday. There is a communal kitchen with dining area and free wifi.
The owners were terrific - Sylvia and Martin - have put a lot of effort into creating this place and are wonderful to speak with and are always on hand to help and even let me watch their tv when wimbledon was on :)
Our first week here was absolutely idyllic - there was only 3 couples staying in total and we were all similarly just after peace and relaxtion and we felt we had found beach bum paradise! If I had only stayed one week I would definitely have given a 5 rating and probably said it was my favourite place in south america.
However after this first week when other guests came it did show some of the problems of the rooms. The majority of the rooms are part of the one construction (made of bamboo) and the walls dont quite reach the roof so if your neighbours leave their lights on (all night) this spills into your room, sounds travels very easily as does smoke. Unfortunately the next 3 weeks were very busy and there were a number of inconsiderate guests who didnt respect the owners and smoked in the rooms, brought non paying guests to the rooms, played music all night, didnt clean kitchen after use, didnt wash before using the pool, leaving rubbish all over the pool etc - it really destroyed the ambience of the place and what the owners want it to be (quiet and chilled) - very strange as there is an almost unlimited supply of party accommodations in this town. While these types of guests are not the fault of the owners they did highlight the construction problems of the rooms and the owners for some reason turned a blind eye to some of the serious problem guests (heavy drug takers for eg) and seemed to turn on some of the guests who were trying to do the right thing.
A great place to stay if you get lucky with your fellow guests.
TIp - the beaches south of Mancora (Vichiyato) are awesome - whiter sand and cleaner water. The accommodations looked more upmarket but might be worth investigation if you are after "relaxation"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cute rustic hostel in bamboo style, surrounded by vegetation , outdoor pool , deck and common areas to enjoy as TV room , kitchen and grill available for guests . Ideal for those who want to rest . We are committed to rescuing animals and therefore you will find some very friendly dogs and cats. ... more less
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