Chiclayo

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

100_7433For 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.

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Later on, we had another beautiful walk through the city and a drive with the “taxi” :).

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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.

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Border Crossing: Ecuador-Peru

100_7356My trip from Ecuador to Peru started in Guayaquil (Ecuador). From there I took a bus in the evening time, around 8 pm, I guess. Arrival time in Chiclayo was predicted to be 10 am. So I entered a bus and unfortunately it wasn’t that comfortable. The climate condition of the bus wasn’t working probably and the movie which was shown wasn’t that great either…moreover you could forget about the sight viewing during the bus drive because it was getting dark outside. Fair enough, I had a lot of thoughts in my mind and I was dozing in my seat soon.

After a short time before midnight I fall asleep when suddenly the bus stopped. We were at the border of Ecuador (Machala, I think). We, all the people inside the bus, had to get out of the bus to exit officially the country Ecuador.

Then half an hour or more we crossed the border, only to stop a bit after again to enter officially the new country Peru, this was in Tumbes, I think.

100_7355Everyone warned me before that crossing the border Ecuador-Peru is really dangerous. Luckily, everything went fine and it wasn’t dangerous at all. This could be because we the only bus to enter in Peru at that time – it was now 1.30 am. Perhaps I was too sleepy to notice some danger, but I don’t think so. But interesting it was indeed. Some luggage of some people was searched inside out by the police, only because they wanted to or because the luggage looked suspicious. I had luck and they didn’t want to empty mine.

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After this we continued our way down to Chiclayo. At around 6.30 am we were in Piura, to let most of the people out. Piura is said to be an interesting town as well. But time is short so I wanted to go further south right to Chiclayo. And now I could enjoy a bit of the countryside. Well it is all deserts but still it was interesting.

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But I fell asleep a lot of times. In the morning time we arrived at the town of Chiclayo. I was still tired and didn’t want to leave the bus but it was the final station. I actually hoped that this isn’t Chiclayo at all and that we will continue, but I had to live with it…this is Chiclayo. I don’t know why but the first impression wasn’t so good. But I think it was only that strange way to the terminal of Chiclayo. When I finally was in the city center I found myself in a small and cute city. That I will tell you soon 🙂

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