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Friday, June 5, 2009

So it was time to bid farewell to Joan in Lima. Ended up spending two nights in Lima, we not too interested in spending too much time sharing a  crazy city with 9 million other people...

Stayed in the Miraflores area which is the nicer part of the city, with a nice park and plenty of nice restaurants to waste our money in.

Then another bus journey, only 6 hours to the city of Trujillo on the north coast of Peru. Not the most interesting city we have visited so we decided to stay in the little seaside resort of Huanchaco 12km from Trujillo.

This place reminded us a little of Bray in Ireland, i wont say anything more incase we have some Bray fans. All in all it was a niceish place to spend few days, lovely beach but probably not the safest place in Peru, we seemed to have been one of the few tourists that werent robbed. Only thing that happened me was that the bank machine decided to eat my Visa card.
beautiful sunset in Huanchacohuanchaco

Main reason we stopped of here was to check out the remains of the Moche culture which existed around 400 AD. There was two main temples to visit, the Huanca del Sol and the Huanca de la Luna (the temple of the sun and the temple of the moon). The temple of the sun was used as a political office and the temple of the moon was used as a religious temple.

These pyramid like remains are huge, taller than the pyramids in Egypt. We visited the inside of the moon temple. Pretty impressive how they were built, different temples built on top of each other over hundreds of years.
pretty big...Martina and Huanca del SolHuanca del Sol

The Moche culture liked to sacrifice people and then skin them.... charming...

The murals were pretty impressive and the walls of the facade you could see a series of snakes, squirels and condors which seemingly represent water, agricultural fertility and the sacrificies carried out by the Moche culture.

fierceful looking Moche culturemore moche ceramics...

Another ancient culture in Peru that we now know a bit more about....time to start making our way to Ecuador x x
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