Trujillo Day 2

Trip Start Aug 05, 2005
Trip End Aug 21, 2005

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Friday, August 12, 2005

One week down!

We start this morning with fog as usual and drive southeast to the two neighbors: Huaca del Sol and La Luna. This was a major Moche community with 2 temples and a residential area. As we previous temples, it went through several iterations with layers of beautiful friezes. The Temple of the Moon is the only one excavated so far. It was found to enclose a pile of large boulders that were apparently believed to be sacred. It's thought they conducted sacrificial ceremonies- tossing captives onto the rocks.

The temple tourist access is really great. They've built ramps and covering to lead people through the different sections & layers. We were given a very close up view of one section still being excavated. We were also given a close up view of the work being done to excavate the residential areas.

We then returned to the hotel and began a walking tour of Trujillo lead by Mercedes, our local guide. The hotel is right on the Plaza de Armas- the main central square that's part of the design for all of these Spanish colonial towns. We being at the Urquizga or Caloonga House across the square from us, that's now owned by Banco Central de Reserve who have opened part of it to the public. They've been able to maintain a number of the original furniture pieces as well.

The our tribe forms a conga line again behind Mercedes to walk up Pizarro which luckily turns into a pedestrian walkway. We work our way up the narrow sidewalks past shops to reach La Emancipation- another bank owned colonial house- this time Banco Continental. There's a nice model of Trujillo from colonial times when it was a walled city.

Then we back to the streets to the Museum of Archeology housed in in a colonial mansion with many seafaring/maritime was scenes painted as murals in the entryway and courtyard. The layout is great- just walk around the rooms bordering the courtyard to get a picture through time of the different cultural groups who occupied the area.

Then we hit the sidewalks again to walk to the restaurant for lunch- chicken this time Nice Peruvian style restaurant.

The bus picks us up at the restaurant for a short drive to the Huaca Arco Iris or Rainbow Temple. It's right in the middle of a city neighborhood. Surrounded by a wall with a single entrance. Then a small temple with uncolored frieze. Short ramp up to a flat roof which gives an interesting view of the neighborhood, but that's about all. At the gate, a business is set up to make molded pottery based upon known designs. I pick up a couple knickknacks.

Then back to the hotel for free time. Danise and I head off to a post office that's just a couple blocks from the hotel for stamps. We have a hilarious time with the clerk trying to get stamps-first getting the idea across to her as to what we need, then she has to get some from upstairs of large enough denominations to send postcards to the US. But they don't send enough for both Danise and I, so she has to send back for more We had quite a nice crowd cheering us on by the end. Then we walked back up the pedestrian way- which wasn't anymore-to find a shop for water. We spotted a little souvenir shop where we picked up some more knickknacks.

Once back at the hotel, I check with the desk on getting access to their business center- no problemo. I'm able to go through my email- A's are now in first place! Both Danise and Kirsten do the email thing too.

Dinner in the hotel again. I come back to the room to write up the day's events and discover the A's are on TV. The game is in Oakland against Minn. It's funny to listen to the broadcasters in Spanish and try to figure out what they're saying. Sometimes I can hear the English broadcasters in the background. They're' losing- maybe I shouldn't be watching. Anyway I have to pack for the trip back to Lima tomorrow.
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