Fishing for Chilaco y Chan Chan Ruins

Trip Start Sep 26, 2009
Trip End Jan 06, 2010

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We arrived in Trujillo bright and early and I felt really bad.... morale of teh story.... DONT eat creme caramelly type thing froma bus vendor! Anyway, because it was so early, we decided to check into a hotel, even if we decided to get teh night bus out... - we got a taxi to take us to Huanchaco which is a small fishing village just out of Trujillo and checked into our hotel... 50s for a day, steep but I just needed to sleep for a bit. it was a really nice place, with a nice courtyard with a couple of turtles and hammocks... after a lie down for a hour , we decided to get a tasxi to chanchan, which was our reason for being here. Now, I hadnt read much about the ruins, Al had just shown me I didnt really know what to expect, ... but after breakfast (well, I just had te manzanilla... camomille tea) we set off... we declined the chinese guide whose Spanish I could barely understand and wandered around the ruins for an hour or 2... it would have been spectacular in its day, mazes of walls, intricately decorated, opening onto big courtyard - ceremonial areas.... with lots of smaller rooms off teh sides... the decorations were maionly fish and nets and funny man shapes... and it used to be painted white. They are in the process of reconstructing a lot of it, so we watched the workers for a bit, building and painting walls (as well as injecting the walls with something!)... it ended with a massive tomb surrounded by lots of smaller tombs where the main guy had been buried (his name escapes me) and the smaller tombs were filled with things for his afterlife... lots of treasure...!

On our way out, a group of school children were on their way on, very cute, but glas we went when we did...! - we are running slightly short on time left in peru, so have decided to get the night bus out tonight (2 in a row, with a dodgy tummy...!) in order to have some relaxed time on hte beach resort of mancora in the north, ear the border... we booked the better of the two buses, with a loo (in case!) and went back to huanchaco for the day...! we watched teh school parade around the plaza de armas first though (and it wasnt even sunday!)

Taxi drivers keep trying it on here, and asking for more than teh agreed price whe it comes to paying, until they realise they are messing with the wrong person (in the wrong mood!) LOL! I am just like mum in that respect, I dont like being messed about...!

Al was hungry, so he had a bg 2 course lunch, and I had a sandwich... (this started my trips to and from the beach to the hotel for the day!!) we went for a walk up the pier, having paid the pier entrance fee! and saw lots of people fishing with blocks of wood and fishing wire... we had seen these in Wales where lots of people were fishing for I persuaded Al to get one and asked the lady how to do it.. we decided on shellfish bait rather than maggotty things... and she cracked them open and slipped them onto the hook... and off we went... within about 5 minutes Al had caught a fish... a big fish really - it was a Chilaco, we had no idea what to do with it, whether to let it back in or ... well, we didnt know. I tried to summon a little kid over but he just looked scared of me and ran the other way, so I went and got the lady who was really impressed and surpised that the "gringo" in town had caught a fish... we took pictures (as it was Als first time at catching a fish - despite the fact I bought him a rod a few years ago for his birthday... and we lived on a canal..abit like his easel, but thats another story!)... anyway, the lady took the fish and put it in her bucket! Al was like a big kid, he wouldnt let me have a go, and kept trying to catch another one until all the bait was used up!

We then relaxed abit and I dozed for an hour until it was time to get a taxi to the next night bus - it was a nice place in the daytime, but we had seen what we came for and it was time to head off to Mancora... to get on this night bus, we had a step further than our posh "cruz del sur" one, where we had a private "boarding room" and a security check and security video (like aeroplanes) and a hostess checking we were strapped in, and video cameraing us...maybe so they could identif us if something bad happened.. I dont know... but this time we also had to give our fingerprint...!!

Next stop Mancora... and the sand, sea and surf... and a seafood diet!
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