Dead dolphins and used condoms

Trip Start Feb 07, 2006
Trip End Aug 07, 2006

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La Casa Suiza Trujillo
Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Monday, June 19, 2006

Make sure to check out Andrea's Travel Blog for more stories and photos of our trip!

Dead dolphins and used condoms

After visiting Lima, we had our hopes set high hearing the promise of a beach in Huanchaco which sounded like a nice place to catch up on some needed rest.

Unfortunately, it turned out to be a disappointment. We arrived on yet another night bus, tired as usual.

It was a dark and overcast day. The hotel, Casa Suiza, was supposed to be one of the best around and our LP guidebook raved about it. When we arrived we realized that it must have gone downhill since its glowing review!

Cockroaches, dirty rooms, bad beds and grumpy staff. We were less than impressed. We dropped our gear and headed to the beach. Walking down the coast we could see locals fishing on funny reed boats in the water.

Tourists surfed the small waves in the cold waters. What concerned us though wasn't what was in the water but what was on the beach!

As we walked down the trash strewn beach, we saw a dead dolphin laying on it's side and not much further down, we skipped to the side to avoid a used condom along with the other trash.

This was hardly the idyllic place we had though off when we planned to stay here for Andrea's birthday.

With that, we made a quick decision to skip this town and head off. It would mean yet another overnight bus ( 2 days in a row ) but we wanted to make sure we wouldn't be anywhere near this place when Andrea's birthday arrived 2 days later.

Chan Chan

With the rest of the day to kill we went out for a day tour of the region stopping in at only one sight which was all we could manage in our tired state.

In Chan Chan laid the remains of an ancient pre-Incan civilization which also happen to be the largest adobe city in the world.

We didn't have our cameras with us but the walk through the tall remaining mud-brick walls left quite the impression on us as we appreciated just how big the civilization must have been and marveled at how walls made essentially of hardened mud could have survived hundreds of years.

Heading north

Although only 9 hours away, the beach town of Mancora had it's own promises.

Our friends had spent a week there and raved about it. We crossed our fingers and hoped that it would make a fitting birthday spot.
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mrjoe on

I'm in Huanchaco right now.
I wish I'd read your entry before going for a paddle in the sea. Think I need to go and wash my feet.

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