Amusing stop over with tongue.
Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
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So Chiclayo is essentially a town which you can shop, eat and mooch around but not much else. (There are some important Historical stuff, but there would be plenty more of that elsewhere in Peru). I'm sure there's over treasures if you have time to seek them out though! We had a bit of hilarity when we went out for our first lunch
We did try venturing out to the local beach, Pimentel, a 9km taxi ride away. A pretty non-descript long beach with a pier and many bars/restaurants along the front.It was enjoyable to have a few beers/and cocktails with a lovely view of the sea with the sunsetting over the propped up caballitos del mar boats. These are the local fishing boats which are made of local fresh water reeds. They're sort of shaped like half a banana. They are made by a load of strapped together reeds, with a hole in the middle for fishing paraphenalia and the day's catch. You can see them out beyond the breakers, which they seem to paddle through with infinite ease (and only a 20cm wide half bamboo pole for paddle). Then surf back in before luging the boat back up the beach over they're shoulder's. These things can weigh up to 250kilos wet!!
Anyway so nice evening watching the sunset, suddenly realise it's getting dark and there's not a cab in sight. Tuktuk says no way he's going all the way back to town, oh no, maybe in a situation here. However luckily there's this transport in Peru called colectivo minibuses. These are essentially a camper minibus which run up and down main routes and cram in as many, and I mean as many people as possible. In Chief's relief and hurry to get on, when enquiring as to cost, misheard the guys saying one sole each (about 25p) and offers him 10 for the four of us. As we can see Chief's bartering skills are coming on leaps and bounds, either that or his maths is shocking. Anyway out of that and back for more cocktails in town. That was pretty much it, a little whip around the market in the morning and onto Huanchaco....