Walking through the “desert”

After visiting the shrine of the moon (Huaca de la Luna) I got the idea to walk on top of the nearby hill. My friend said immediately “Yes, let’s do it so.” There was no doubt about this idea. 100_7563

So we started walking with our Flip Flops and without any water bottle. I mean this hill seemed to be pretty small…well first problem we got was walking in the deep sand with our “shoes”. It didn’t work out too well, so we continued to barefooted. Wow, that was hot! After some minutes I thought my feet are going to be burned. Anyway we kept on walking. My strategy was walking 5 minutes with Flip Flops and 5 minutes barefooted.

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After a while we got a bit higher and reached the rest of the hill, out of stones.

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100_7669Since the stones had big holes and there were a few bees flying around, we decided not to go any further. As well it still looked quiet far and we were already exhausted from the heat. But still the view was really nice from higher up.

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Huaca de la Luna – Shrine of the moon

Huaca de la Luna lies a bit outside of Trujillo and it is worth visiting. It reveals the culture of the Moche, a very old civilization in Peru a long time ago. It is best to read about it out of an original sources. First i went to the museum “Huacas de Moche” to get a first impression of the new culture.

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After a visit in the museum you can take a van to the former village “Huaca de Moche”. It is impressive and it lies in a big desert.

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You have to go with a guide first, who explains how the former city lied in that area.  Around and in the Shrine of the moon the excavation is still going on. From the Shrine of the moon you can look at the Shrine of the Sun. This is quiet impressive. But before the tour started i saw an peruvian hairless dog, my first and only one. Well i m not 100 % sure if it is a pure race or a mix but still, it was an interesting dog.

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And here I will be showing some pictures of the Shrine of the Moon:

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On the picture above you can the the Shrine of the Sun. It is still under work. So we only visited the other Shrine, which was huge and interesting as well as you can see on the other pics above.

After this walk we wanted to climb the small mountain which lies in the background of the “Huaca de Moche”. (left side you can see the “Huaca de Moche”, middle the “mountain”, right the museum)

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Trying to go on top of the mountain wasn’t a good idea at all…i tell you more soon!

Trujillo and surroundings

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As far as I can remember the bus ride from Chiclayo to Trujillo is around 5 hours. In comparisons to my ride beforehand, it was quiet short. But it is always enjoyable to look out the window inhaling new impressions. My plan was to stay a few days in Trujillo and then go to Huaraz. Huaraz is located on an altitude of approximately 3.000m, where the climate is fresher than at the coast. For that reason I wanted to stay a bit longer in Trujillo to enjoy the warm climate there.

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As I arrived in the night time, I only had a look at the city center the next day. The main plaza is really nice with all the colorful houses around. A friend and I just walked around through the city. Later in the evening time we went to watch the football match between Peru and Colombia. Colombia won! Well, I was happy – it was an enjoyable day with good company.

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The next days I planned to go to Huanchaco and Huacas of Moche. Huanchaco is know for its beautiful beach and good waves for surfing. It is a cute village. A friend and I went there for the whole day. It was enjoyable. I also had the chance to try Surfing. It was fun but it needs a lot more practice. Next time….

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I’m looking forward to show the pictures from Huacas of Moche…

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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Day „7“and Day „8“– Sightseeing tour in Lima

Last view on the lake of Titicaca…

…and Puno

The only plan of Day “7” was travelling from Puno to Lima by airplane. So we packed our stuff in the morning time and went from Puno to Juliaca, where the airport is located.

Normally the flight was planned to take off at around 12 am. But only one hour before this flight was cancelled because there were some problems with the runway. Which problems exactly existed, I don’t really know, but it was certain that we won’t fly at 12am. The airport isn’t really big so the waiting time wasn’t really exiting either.

lambskin for sales – bargain in front of the airport

It was said that our flight should take off at around 3pm. But this wasn’t true and in the end we only arrived in Lima at 7.30pm and after our arrival our guide said we are doing the sightseeing tour in Lima right now.  So we saw Lima by night.

Lima is the capital and the biggest city of Peru. Lima was founded in the January of 1535. It was planned to found this city the 6th of January. The day of the kings, but the foundation was delayed and so the city was founded the 18th of January but nevertheless Lima is called the city of the kings.

    

    

This was nice and cute, but the traffic was really awful. Moreover in the center of Lima was a festival, so many streets were closed and there were loads of people. We actually left the bus and walked but with all your documents after a flight it was a bit dangerous. So we preferred to quit the sightseeing tour and enjoy in a restaurant nearby the festival the view and the empanadas. This was really good and relaxing.

The next day our flight from Lima to Bogotá was in the afternoon, so we had some time left to visit the city center of Lima during day time. Moreover we visited the “Convento de San Francisco”. This convent belongs to world cultural heritage of the UNESCO. It was founded 1546 and is really impressive. Unfortunately it wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside. The library in the convent is with its 20.000 books really impressive, as well the catacombs. In the catacombs you can find around 70.000 skeletons. It was really worth to visit.