Trujillo and the Mocha people....

Trip Start Aug 28, 2004
Trip End Aug 2005

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Well with slightly aching footsies and feeling quite exhilerated from our walking in the Andes. We did yet another overnighter, but this time in ultimate luxury courtesy of Movil Tours, we had a small complimentary snack, a video BraveHeart and blankets too to fend off the vicious A/C sysetm these coaches always have!!! We made it in one piece to Truijillo, from where we moved on wiftly to Huanchaco, a beach resort and very good for surfing apparently too. On the way to Huanchaco, our very sociable cabbie pointed out places of interest to us en route. An ancient civillisation existed and there are the remains of a whole city, just deserted.....very eerie indeed. There are the remains of the irrigation systems that were built, resevoirs and all of the buildings etc...

We spent a few days just relaxing and recovering from our walking bout, Peru is just so diverse in itīs whole terrain as here it is like being in the desert quite literally. Many flat topped buildings and a whole lot of sand too!!! the waves out here are pretty good, but as Martin discovered the sea bed is also full of pretty nasty boulders which can be pretty painful when the tide is low..... the locals here are really friendly and it really has got the feeling of a sleepy, surfer, fisherman village about it. You can easily lose your days here doing a whole lot of nothing.... On our fional day we left to visit the Huanca del Sol and the Huanca de la Luna, both are temples which are situated south of Trujillo, quite impressive indeed, both Pyramids all built out of Adobe bricks(mud bricks all pretty well made to sustain the potential earthquakes that frequent the whole area.....

Had a great tour with a really interesting guide who was very enthusiastic about her subject. The work that has been takinjg place out here to find out the actual pyramid `like structures etc...(they built form a small structure adding to the outer layer each time so it increased in it`s size. It is just phenominal and can only be thanked for by the companies that inbvest to allow the archeologists to do their job thoroughly. It was a very enjoyable find if not a bit hot and dusty! But we`re getting used to being hot and mucky having been 8 months on the road now!!

Now we are on our way to visit several important archeological sites, and a 5 million dollar state of the art museum built just recently, further north in Chiclayo, where the Tomb of King Sipan lays....
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