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Jun 13, 2012 - Huanacho, water, Canning & three events

Huanacho is a small seaside town on the outskirts of a large unattractive city. Our camp site was within the grounds of a hotel and quite a few, in fact most of the group elected to upgrade - for once I decided to camp and it was really once on grass with a toilet and shower available. We are very near the beach and the water looked swimmable but mostly it is a surfing area so didn't go in. Visited two Inca areas - Huaca del Sol and Chan Chan ruins - very hot wandering around and we had the most boring guide ever - mostly because we...

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Jun 1, 2012 - Bienvenidos a la casa de ciclistas!

Nach all dem Vorbereitungsstress und den gesundheitlichen Problemen, welche nun zum Glück überstanden sind, war es wunderbar um halb acht Uhr morgens im Flieger zu sitzen und nichts mehr machen zu müssen (oder zu können). Bis dahin hatte alles gut geklappt inklusive rechtzeitig aufzustehen (viertel vor vier Uhr in der Nacht) und der Aufgabe des Gepäcks (Fahrrad und das Paket mit den Fahrradtaschen). Vielen Dank nochmals an meinen Vater für die ganze Unterstützung und die Unterbringung bei sich in den letzten 10 Tagen! Die Reise ging nun...

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May 30, 2012 - Pelicans and Surfers in Huanchaco

We're on our own now after saying goodbye to Ann yesterday morning. We're so glad she joined us on our trip and were sad to see her go! But she was right, Huanchaco is a much different place when the sun is shining and the surfers are out! We've spent a couple of days doing not much. A little ready, a couple of walks on the beach and that's about it! The local fisherman are still using the boats they have fished with for hundreds of years, kind of like half a kayak that they sit in and paddle with a stick. Not the easiest way to catch your...

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May 28, 2012 - Off The Beaten Track In Trujillo

North American airlines could learn a few things from their Peruvian counter-parts. We've had 4 internal flights and each one has been right on time! We flew from Arequipa to Lima, had a short stop over and then flew on to Trujillo which is located near the ocean in Northern Peru. No more altitude insomnia issues! We've been here for 3 days and have really enjoyed the experience! The city itself isn't very pretty but the main plaza is gorgeous with brightly painted colonial buildings and a Cathedral surrounding the large square. It is nice...

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May 22, 2012 - I misteri delle antiche civiltà nord peruviane

Arriviamo a Huanchaco un’ora prima del tramonto, in tempo per montare le tende e preparare l’attrezzatura per cucinare. Ci fermeremo qui 2 notti, dopodiché ci aspetteranno 700 km di strada per raggiungere il confine con l’Ecuador. Prima di superarlo ci fermeremo però altre 3 notti in un camping a Punta Sal, per concederci 2 giorni di relax al mare (sperando nella clemenza del tempo). Considerando i 5 giorni consecutivi di camping, ci fermiamo prima sulla strada, in un vero supermercato (non ce ne sono così tanti!), a far la spesa. Siamo...

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My Big Trip

Sep 20, 2011 - Miles upon piles of desert, then rice paddies and cities in the middle of now where.

Trujillo 20/09/11 Miles upon piles of desert, then rice paddies and cities in the middle of now where. On the trip from Mancora we passed yet more endless miles of desert, oil pumps scattered across the hills and every so often towns, rice paddies, sugar cane plantations and chicken sheds by the sea. We arrived in the middle of the colonial city. The old town houses weren’t as noticeable as in Antigua, but the churches were pretty spectacular. It had a nice feel to town and safe, but not a great deal to do. The only interesting thing was an...

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3rd Gap Year

Jun 19, 2011 - Last day of the trip - Lima

Last day of the trip today. Very sad, although I am looking forward to chocolate cereal, full English breakfast, marmite and crumpets, Linda McCartney veggie sausages and a good wash. In addition, I would like to go home to a dressing gown, slippers, log fire and Christmas television...but its not winter :( In the morning, I went to look around the very pretty San Francisco Monastery and its not so pretty catacombs. I saw more bones than I have at any other point on the trip, which was nice. After this, I went souvenir shopping at an Inca...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Getting out of Trujillo - Chan Chan and Huanchaco

Soon after arriving in Trujillo, I realised I had to get out of the city ASAP. Together with Charles, Michael, Neil, Scott and Brendon, I went to the nearby archaeological site of Chan Chan. I'd visited so many Inca and pre-Inca sites by this point, that my memories of them were starting to mesh together. However, Chan Chan stood out. It was the only archaeological site I'd visited which still had its original paintwork. Very impressive. Actually, I just remembered, the paintwork wasn't at Chan Chan, it was at the Temple of the Moon (the...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Trujillo - most certainly not a 'pretty, seaside resort'.

So about a week ago, I decided that I would spend my final few days in Peru in what Edgar described to me as 'the pretty, seaside resort of Trujillo'. I was very excited. However, this excitement soon turned to dread. My first inkling that something was amiss with Edgar's description of Trujillo was when a Peruvian lady I met at the airport nearly fainted when I told her where I was heading. She was particularly shocked that I was heading there by myself and insisted on pre-booking me a driver and a hotel. My second inkling that...

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Mar 27, 2011 - Pacasmayo, Chicama, Poemape

march 24. i haven't been keeping up, im already bad at this journal thing... actually we've been very busy.. we had a wonderful time in Lima. special thanks to Allison for putting up with us for two days! Lina and i accompanied allison to the market. shortly they will be electing a new president in Peru and new congressmen. so everywhere you go is saturated with propaganda. the market is no exception. so as we were waiting in line to buy chicken a small band came through promoting one of the candadates. beating drums, making lots of noise,...

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Viajando con Lina!

Mar 2, 2011 - Chan Chan

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Discovery docked at Salaverry, Peru, where our bus took us to th province of Trujillo and Chan Chan the ancient site of the world’s largest city made entirely of adobe. It consists of seven citadels and covers 11 sq. miles. We would be seeing only the one that is in the process of restoration; others will be restored as funds become available. Rocio and Johan were our guides and gave us some background information on our drive, also the economy of Trujillo. Agriculture is the principal industry and besides raising the...

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South America

Jul 1, 2010 - Last full day in Huanchaco? No, not already!

I can't believe it. It is happening. I knew this was going to happen. I am getting sad about leaving. Last night, I talked with Jessica about the bird situation on their roof. I found out they not only have chickens and roosters up there, but turkeys. I saw some baby chicks, okay, so what i thought were baby chicks. She was surprised I couldn't tell. Yikes. ANyway, they have their turkeys up there for Christmas, of course. Then, i started asking her if she helped Maria, well, you know, kill the chickens and she said, no way. I guess that is...

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