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Oct 25, 2012 - Into Peru

Another fabulous drive through the mountains as our farewell to Ecuador. Superb roads, 2nd and 3rd gear bends and lovely scenery. Nowhere to stop on the roads to photo though. One section of the road was gravel, but not too badly corrugated (washboard) and we enjoyed the challenge of the driving. Ecuador border controls were quick and efficient, but two and a half hours to get our carnets stamped into Peru. The change of country was immediately apparent dry, flat, hot and with obvious signs of poverty. Lots of donkeys, gosts and pigs on...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Feb 9, 2010 - Adios Ecuador - with bad luck....

Went via Guayaquil to Piura, Peru. Finally I got robbed my camera and mobile at Guayaquil bus station - without taking notice....actually a bad event for leaving this nice country....but on the other hand - I am ok....such things happens here .... its only about material things.... BUT I have to mention that the day started very nice, I took a bus from Riobamba to Guayaquil and I really think thats the most beautiful trip I have done so far on my trip, it leads you through impressive mountains, deep values, road is in a very good...

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Jan 19, 2010 - Piura (Peru)

This was my first stop in Peru and my intention was to get straight on to a bus and continue travelling south. However, because of a bus strike I found myself having to stay the night. The place was hot and dusty, the roads were congested with impatient drivers all beeping their horns and there was nothing to do here. There were a few of us who found ourselves stuck here and after we had eventually managed to find a bus company that was operating we had the whole day to kill so we made the most of the situation by drinking cold beers by the...

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Nov 3, 2009 - ...went on for days...

We were assured by many people along the way that a bus from Piura to Lima would be departing within several hours, but of course that was not at all the case. The next direct bus wasn´t until 8pm or something ridiculous. At this point we had also incorporated two very boring and unhelpful Irish boys who were in the same predicament as we were. I was the only person who spoke much Spanish so stress levels were running high.

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Jul 7, 2008 - My life in PIura

We have been adopted into a family of multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-personae people employed by the Peace Corps. A large black man with dreadlocks from South Carolina with a generous heart simply known as “JA” has taken a liking to us, as he is our roommate, and kindly invited us into his world of Peace Corps friends. Elena, a wordy, eccentric girl with a boyfriend teaching English here is also nearby. It is nice to have friends here who speak English and can join in the celebration of July 4 with some grilled hamburgers, deviled...

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May 20, 2008 - Crossing from Peru to Ecuador

In PIURA Very early in the morning, at 5AM, we arrived in Piura with very good sleep given the comfortable bus. Jon first went to Loja International 2 blocks to the left of Linea bus terminal to buy our ticket that day to Ecuador (Piura-border-Loja) for 28 Soles/seat, 8 hours ride which takes off at 9:30AM. So we had roughly 3 hours to kill. Of course, we first went to the food market to admire all the fruit and meat and drinks. We had an aloe herbal drink at a street stand. We were all amazed by the speed of the vendor. (see video ) There...

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May 3, 2007 - Peru - Riots and blockades

Keen to get going we set off at 7am to see if any of the buses were heading south today. Once again we were told that there was a demonstration blocking the road south and there was no way through for any kind of vehicles. The demonstration was being staged by local farmers! Can you believe it - farmers! Perhaps David will join in! He believes that they must be French Peruvians to be on strike all the time! Walking along the road we were approached by a guy with a car who said that he would take us through the blockade for $80, this sounded...

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Dec 21, 2006 - PIURA, Peru

...4 hours later we arrive in Piura. Now we didnt expect too much from this town, we were more intent on using it for the fact it was a bit of a transport hub and we could get to Equador from here. But, it was okay, it had a nice family orientated plaza and did seem quite pleasent. Not somewhere we would want to spend christmas but ok. Although I think I may have caught bed bugs from our hotel here. The 2nd time on this trip and the third overall, I must have had my fare share by now! Apologies, but no photos this time for all you people...

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Apr 15, 2006 - Piura

Arrived in Piura around 6pm and booked into a hotel for $20 which was very nice. Bit of a search for a bank on the night but managed to ask to police officers who gave us a personal escort for 10 minutes all the way to the door of the bank. We began to think that they were rogue officers and were looking to mug us afterwards but we were just being sceptical. Ate in a ropey Chinese near to our hotel on the night and grabbed a taxi to the offices of the bus company that crosses the border to book our tickets for the next morning. Once we had...

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Nov 6, 2005 - Piura, Peru

I swear I'll get better at this. But for now, here's how the day went... Woke up around 6am to get my stuff together and get to the bus station early enough for my ticket. This bus is one trip without a transfer that take you to the Ecaudor/Peru border at Macara, waits for you to finish custmos and walk across the international bridge, adn then continue on to Piura, Peru. It leaves 3 times a day, and take about 8 hours. Turns out the 7am bus was cancelled, not too sure why, maybe because it was Sunday. Or maybe when she told me "there is no...

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Sep 27, 2005 - Grenzerfahrungen

Hallo Zusammen Am Montagabend machten wir uns also auf den Weg in ein neues Land. Beginnen sollte es mit einer einstündigen Busfahrt nach Loja, von wo dann der direkte Bus nach Piura in Peru fahren sollte. Dummerweise existierte der Bus aber nur auf dem Fahrplan und nicht in der Realität! Also hiess es, mitten in der Nacht, genauer gesagt um 20.30 Uhr, wenn hier alles schon so tot ist wie um Mitternacht, ein einigermassen vertrauenswürdiges Taxi zu finden. Der Taxifahrer glaubte wohl, sein überrissener Preis würde uns abschrecken und er...

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Ecuador - Chile

May 28, 2005 - Peru (Land of the Moche and Inca People) - Country no 3

Nice little overnight bus from Loja in Ecuador with 3(yes 3)passport points. I think they have been getting a little paranoid in later years but smooth anyway. In fact, first impressions of Peru is that the overall quality in bus journeys are higher than Ecuador. (Nice change from some of the interesting busses we caught in Ecuador!) However, there is 1 major fault in Peru, they have no Terminals for the buses and all leave from private garages. Therefore you can get suckered by taking 1 company everywhere as the 20 minute walk to the other...

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