El Gran Marquez Hotel & Spa
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- Minbar in room
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Non-smoking rooms
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It was a dark dark night on a long long road, but finally we reached the Peruvian border. Drawing up to the new border crossing at 4am in the morning we could see a long line of people in the window. This was going to take a long time! Slowly, tauntingly the coach was stopped and searched, though what for I don't know. The locked doors held a promise of a longer wait in the border office. Moving as fast as a glacier we crept past the first border ...
... be fine. Eventually his mate told him just to give us 3 months.
Back on the bus, we quickly fell asleep and awoke shortly after sunrise. The Peruvian side of the border was vastly different to the mountainous terrain we left behind in Ecuador. We were now driving across a flat, dry desert. The bus inched it's way through Piura's rush hour traffic and pulled into the bus station precisely on schedule at 8am.
The four of us quickly got ...
... bus and into a hostel called my friend where I stayed for a week or so. They did surfing classes which I tried but I soon realised I had lost all ability to surf so I spend a week drinking with the surfers on the roof of the hostel and sleeping on the beach. It's rare you come across a group of such laid back, yet still fun, people. This included two really genuine French guys one of whom came with me to see the temple of the moon, a huge pre-Inca temple built by ...
... and breaking with equal enthusiasm while tapping the steering wheel to the sound of the loud rock music he had blaring. A young guy in a souped up old car getting to speed through the traffic to his favourite soundtrack and getting paid for it! How many boy racers at home would love that job? Once back the kettle went on and we chilled out watching a TV channel IN ENGLISH, whilst eating our take away chicken sandwiches, a nice way to unwind and something we haven't done for ...
... overrun with thousands of weekending peruvianos come to enjoy the seaside. We ate at a nice vegeterian restaurant for lunch and went to bed early that night, those night buses take it out of you. Early the next morning we went down to the beach again. We were standing on the esplanande looking out over a wasteland of polystyrene, plastic bags and other rubbish. The weekend revellers are clearly still not interested in using the bins provided and feel ...