An easy day for a change

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

We bought bananas the previous night to have in our oatmeal, which looked normal from the outside, but turned out to be orange on the inside and tasted more like a potato.  Weird!  We mashed them in to our oatmeal anyway though.  The rest of the morning went like normal and we were on the road by 8.30am.

We cycled through the tiny town and saw all the fruit stall sellers setting up their stalls for the day.  As it was early in the morning the wind was low and maybe almost working with us.  So we sped along the first hour and had already cycled 23km by the time we stopped for a drink for the first time.  We knew that the day should be a nice, short one and our map showed that we had 44km to cycle to get to Trujillo.  After about 30km the town was signposted and we took a smaller road off of the highway, which surprised us as we thought we had another half an hour or so to cycle before entering the town.  The mystery was soon cleared up as we cycled for about an hour, with built up housing and industry on both sides.  The city was far more sprawling than we had realised and it took a long time to get to the centre.  The drivers seemed really irritated with us and barely gave us any room, which along with all the buses that continually pulled in front of us, made the cycling really slow and annoying.

We arrived in to the city and found ourselves in a beautiful square, with tall, brightly coloured colonial buildings on all sides.  It reminded me of Popayan and Cartagena, in Colombia, as we haven't seen similar buildings since leaving our first country.  We decided to hunt out a restaurant before arranging our accommodation, and found a nice place selling sandwiches, with chips.  We then asked at a couple of places about accommodation and found a really nice place, just away from the main square.  It had a beautiful room and lots of outdoor sitting areas, with a communal balcony area, with views over the cathedral.  It was a beautiful place to spend a relaxing couple of days.
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Natalie on

Those buildings are beautiful - so colorful! It is so nice compared to our generally uniformly painted subdivisions in our cities.

Karen on

Nice sunset! Glad you found a beautiful place to enjoy!

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