A Break From the Big City

Trip Start Nov 10, 2007
Trip End Nov 15, 2009

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

One of the places I hadn't had time to visit when I was in Peru in May was the colonial city of Trujillo.  The main reason tourists go there is to visit the archeological sites of Chan Chan and the Huaca del Luna Y Sol...time to go see them!

There are numerous bus companies that run deluxe double decker buses to various cities around Peru.  I don't remember which one Ronal and I  took but it was a really easy trip.  We sat in the semi-cama reclining seats upstairs for the 9 hour trip.  We were served breakfast, lunch and drinks, and watched 4 movies.  There was even a bingo game for passengers to win a bus ticket...fun!  And the scenery was stunning! 

We followed the Pan-American Highway north of Lima along a steep slope that appeared to be nothing more than sand.  What keeps the highway from sliding into the ocean is beyond me but it is a deadly highway nonetheless.  The traffic consists mainly of buses and trucks with a car or motorcycle tossed in on occasion.  The trucks tend to be heavy and slow and the buses and cars jockey for position to pass these slowpokes pretty much without regard to whether they can see oncoming traffic or not.  Probably the only thing that prevented this truck from ending up in the water was that it sank in the soft sand.

Eventually we turned away from the coast a bit to continue  through the arid and stark landscape.  Every so often we would pass a crude hut that served as a base camp for families who would come and fish the coast.  I don't think these are permanent home because they are among the crudest form of housing I have seen outside of cardboard boxes in poverty stricken barrios...but I don't know.  The walls and roofs of these huts are made using 3x5 sheets of flattened reed woven in a somewhat tight lattice.  It surely doesn't keep the rain off!

From time to time we would pass through a town and this was usually signaled by the appearance of an emerald green field of asparagus among the sand dunes.

We arrived at about 6 p.m. and settle into a comfortable room in the center at Hotel Colonial.  It was great to be out of Lima and in a city of a more manageable size!  And what a beautiful city!  We roamed around admiring the colonial and republican architecture. 

The Plaza de Armas is fronted by this brightly painted church and a variety of other colorfully painted buildings.  I loved all this color!

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Hotel Colonial
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