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May 8, 2008 - Trujillo

Hello Everyone Internet Cafes are not very popular here yet, so I apologize for the delay in posts. The last entry we posted was from Lima, but we traveled north to Trujillo on Tuesday via an overnight luxury bus. The seats fully recline and we had a flight attendent too. Trujillo has a population of 1 million and probably that many taxis too. Yesterday, we went to some ruins that are older than the Incas and date to 200 B.C. They recently found two temples near a small coastal town just south of Trujillo called the Temple of the Sun and...

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Apr 26, 2008 - Lima to Huanacho: Chan Chan and the Moche pyramids.

We set off up the Pan-American highway to the small fishing village of Huanacho. The landscape along this coast is awful. First there is the smell. It is like tuna that has gone off from all the fisheries and chemical plants. Then there is the sea fret a deep fog that floats inland all up this coast. There is no rain due to the humbolt current which means there is lots of sand. The land itself has been dug out for minerals and gravel and just left it looks desolate and neglected. Then there is the rubbish tons and tons of black plastic...

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Apr 23, 2008 - Hauca del Sol & Chan Chan

Wednesday 23rd April – We took an all day tour. First stop was Huaca (pyramid) del Sol and Huaca del Luna. These are one of the most important urban-ceremonial centres of pre-Inca society. The Moche culture developed between 100 and 800 AD, before Chimu and Chan Chan. The Huaca del Sol is thought to be the largest adobe building in the world. Pretty difficult to take pictures because of its size. When getting to Chan Chan which covers 14 square kms, it becomes even more difficult to capture the scale. You could spend days here rather than...

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Apr 20, 2008 - Huanchaco

Sunday April 20th – today our hosts took us to a small coastal village called Huanchaco about 12 km north of Trujillo. This used to be a small fishing village until discovered by surfers and tourists. It is now going through a growth spurt and will continue to grow for quite a while. It has a marvelous beach and a cool wind from the south to make it very pleasant. We visited, with our hosts, a friend of theirs who had lived in Burnaby for several years before returning to Peru. He had built a large house overlooking the beach and sea and we...

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Apr 19, 2008 - Trujillo

Saturday April 19th – Our host family live in a suburb of Trujillo by the Golf and Country Club in what is pretty secure area. They, our hosts, seem preoccupied with security. After Lima and Quito, Trujillo seems to be a haven! They live in a nice townhouse in a complex of six townhouse accessible only through security gates. The area itself is heavily populated with private guards and people guarding cars. They have a five year old son and both are accountants and work for the government in various roles. Today they drove us around...

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Apr 18, 2008 - Quito to Lima to Trujillo

Friday April 18th – Up at 4.30 am to get a 4.50 am taxi to the airport. Everything went quite quickly until we joined the immigration line to check out of Ecuador. There were a lot of people in the airport at 5.30am and it took 45 minutes to get through. Quito was nice and cool when we left at 7.15am. Lima was 20 Celcius and humid when we arrived at 9.25am From the airport we took an uneventful (no accidents or potential heart attacks due to local driving habits) ride the bus station. We had booked front row seats on the upper deck of a...

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Mar 31, 2008 - Trujillo - a cultural explosion!

The number and size of the archeological sites aroung Trujillo is mind-blowing! We were lucky, and bargained our way to seeing as much as we could in a day and a half for very few Soles, including... Arco Iris (Chimu temple with lots of rainbows on the walls - hence the name); Chan Chan (HUGE Chimu city complex, made entirely of adobe, with ten walled citadels which housed ceremonial rooms, burial chambers, temples, reservoirs and some residences - it's really amazing!); Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna (two Moche temples: Huaca del Sol...

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Feb 23, 2008 - The adventure on entering Peru

"You came on a fucked up day" (Rachel 2008 USA) We boarded a bus from Loja Ecuador to Puira Peru. All was good. Immigration stamped us out of Ecudaor and into Peru....Than they preceeded to tell us that we couldn't go into Peru because there was a strike a national strike and that they wouldn't stamp our passports back into Ecuador. They told us to hide on the bus. WHAT.... We took a car and headed into Peru. There were 5 of us. It took an hour to get to the first barrier were we walked across with no problems. Than we had to take moto...

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Jan 14, 2008 - Huanchaco....outside of Trujillo

Hola all! We finally made it out of Lima after a few days of hunting down my backpack from the airline. We left Lima around noon on a nice autobus headed toward Trujillo on the north coast. It was a fairly nice day for an 8 hour ride, not bad though. the country was mostly arid there along that stretch and strange right along the coast, basically a desert with a ton of sand dunes. Definitely not what we expected along the Peruvian coast. We passed quite a few smaller towns or barrios where shacks and roadside vendors were prevalent. it...

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Sep 24, 2007 - Peru - Trujillo

Trujillo in the north of Peru is a great example of how a colonial Spanish city should look. The buildings in the old part of the city have been beautifully restored and it was great just walking around taking it in. The major attractions around the area are the various pre-Incan ruins dating back over 2000 years. The area has little/no rain meaning the mud structures are generally well preserved, apart from the deliberate damage inflicted by treasure hunters after the Spanish colonisation. We visited a few of the ruins, and it was amazing...

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Jun 7, 2007 - Chan Chan

If you sleep on airplanes and buses for a few nights, it's amazing how wonderful a bed feels! We all slept like logs and had a hard time getting up when the alarm went off at 8am. We decided to try the small cafe next door for breakfast as they were advertising "organic coffee". We weren't sure what that was going to mean, but yesterday's coffee had been less than stellar. The Otro Cosa is a funky little place advocating fair trade crafts, organic foods and local fare. We had a great breakfast of muesli, nuts, yogurt and fresh fruits with...

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Jun 6, 2007 - Huanchaco on the northwest coast

Huanchaco is a sleepy little fishing village on the northwestern coast of Peru. We arrived here after almost 9 hours on an overnight bus complete with reclining chairs, bus attendants (think flight attendants, just on a bus), and movie. The seats were comfortable enough, but I awoke somewhere around 4am with the distinct sensation of the bus rocking from side to side. It was a double decker bus and we were on the top deck. It felt like the bus was rocking from side to side as it rushed along. I came to realize that this was just the wind...

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