And there I was – in Chiclayo, first city of my backpacking trip in Peru. Well, I was a bit nervous because I didn’t really feel comfortable at that bus terminal. But finally I found my way to the city center.
First of all, I needed to shower and to change my clothes. It was really hot, although the locals of Chiclayo call that time of the year “winter”. Fair enough, for me as a European it was pretty warm and I was looking forward to a shower. After doing a walk around and checking the price offers, I booked myself into a cute hostel and went straight to the bathroom to refresh myself.
After that I felt more like human being. Now I was relaxed and enjoyed my walk around and through the city. I had some lunch and visited the local market, where the people are selling everything from fresh fish or meat over cleaning supplies to everyday needs…well I always like it and in every city it is very interesting.
The next day, a friend of mine showed me the nearby places, called Pimentel and Santa Rosa, which are located on the coast. It was a beautiful day and not busy at all because it is winter and because it was actually to late for the fishers to work. We got there at around 11 am, so the fishers were latest out on 6 am and back earlier than 11 am. There were not many locals or tourists, a bit strange, but what can you do…and someway I really enjoyed myself! You can imagine that, I guess.
For lunch I was invited to a really nice and good restaurant. There I tried some local food and I had to try Ceviche again. I already ate it one time in Lima, where I couldn’t finish it, somehow it was too spicy and to strong. But now I was presented to different types of Ceviches. Wow!! When you eat it in small portions, it is really good.
For your info, Ceviche is fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices. Before that I already had fish soup. I have to tell, that my stomach was not working properly since I left Bogotá. But you know what!?! After that lunch, I was feeling so good and after that I didn’t have more problems. Thanks to the good Peruvian food and of course thanks to my new friends and the nice locals, everything was fine. I was delighted, thankful and pleased.
Later on, we had another beautiful walk through the city and a drive with the “taxi” :).
After all, my stay in Chiclayo was really good, but too short – I only stayed there one night, but I would like to go back and visit the nice folks, I met there. Moreover it would be awesome to try some surfing when it is actually summer time there. Thanks very much.