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  • Day250

    Trujillo, Peru

    September 7, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Auf dem Weg zum meinem eigentlichen Ziel "Huaraz" musste ich sowie so in Trujillo umsteigen nach knapp 11h (versprochen waren 8 und max. 10🤣)
    So habe ich mich spontan entschlossen einfach mal eine Nacht hier zu bleiben ... es war ja früh am Morgen ca. 8 Uhr. So bin ich in das nächstgelegene Hostel ... da habe ich erfahren das es eine Tour heute von 10 bis 17 Uhr gibt die die drei haupt Sehenswürdigkeiten abdeckt ... ja gut einfach mal gebucht!
    Dann mit dem Taxi zum Busbahnhof um mir ein Ticket zu besorgen ... was geht ab ... heute Abend fährt auch noch ein Bus nach Huaraz 21:30 ... das ist doch perfekt ... Tagsüber die Ruinen anschauen und abends einfach mal weiter ziehen ... und so muss ich keine Nacht hier verbringen!
    Zurück im Hostel erst mal schlechte Nachrichten.... es gibt keinen englischsprachigen Guid für heute! Ich bekomme mein Geld zurück ... den großen Rucksack kann ich aber im Hostel lassen!
    So geh ich selber los den hier in Südamerika ist alles aber wirklich alles mit dem Bus erreichbar!
    An der Hauptstraße frage ich nach dem Weg und zwei Sekunden später hält schon der richtige Minibus neben mir! Nach 30 Minuten bin ich schon da ... aber ich muss noch 1,5 Km laufen ... wär kein Problem aber ich bin gestern mächtig umgeknickt und kann rechts kaum auftreten!
    Nützt nichts, Zähne zusammenreißen und los!
    Am Eingang treffe ich auf 3 ältere Engländer mit denen ich mir einen Guid (engl. sprachig) teilen (jeder 10 Soles = 2,50€)
    Die Tour geht etwas mehr als eine Stunde und ist sehr interessant! Danach will ich ins Museum was nur 2km weiter weg ist!
    Es pass wieder alles zusammen den die alten Herren wollen da auch hin aber das Auto ist pralle voll und so nehmen die mich auf der Ladefläche mit!
    Nach dem Museum trennen sich unsere Wege und ich mache mich jetzt in den Osten der Stadt und zwar zu den Ruinen der Urkultur von Peru "Moche und Chimú" die fast 1100 Jahre noch vor den Incas hier lebten!
    So besuche ich dort die Ruinen der Pyramiden der Sonne und des Mondes (so ähnlich wie in Mexico City)
    Hier Teile ich mir den Guid mit einem Pärchen aus Israel!👍
    Zurück in der Stadt besuche ich noch den Hauptplatz "Plaza Major" dieser ist echt schön aber genau so gestaltet wie in jeder Süd- bzw. Zentralamerikanischen Stadt .... was kein wunder ist durch den spanischen Einfluss!
    Ich geh noch was essen und hole mein Rucksack ab ... 20 Uhr bin ich beim Busbahnhof und warte auf meinen Bus.
    Es war heute mehr als ein langer Tag und pünktlich 21:30 geht's los, das Ziel - Huaraz
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  • Day236

    Adiós Peru, Hola Ecuador

    March 8, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Vanuit Huaraz zijn we doorgegaan naar Trujillo. Hier kwamen we in een leuk hostel met leuke mensen terecht, dus een gezellige avond gehad. De volgende ochtend zijn we naar de ChanChan ruins geweest. Dit was een leuke wandeling vooral omdat de zon erg warm was. De ruines in het begin stelden niet zoveel voor. Het waren meer hopen van zand. Een aantal stukken waren nog wel goed, dankzij bescherming. Dat maakte het nog interessant.

    Vervolgens de bus gepakt naar Huanchaco. Hier hadden we wederom een couchsurfingsadresje bij José. Hij woont samen met nog 2 Peruviaanse jongens en een Amerikaans meisje (Ana) Hier een erg leuk weekend gehad. Vrijdagavond naar de kroeg geweest met live muziek, was erg gezellig. De volgende dag gesurft en het dorpje ontdekt. 's Avonds was er een parade voor de carnaval met een groot feest erna. Gelukkig wist Ana een weg over de muur, langs de security, om gratis binnen te komen. Dit lukte vrij gemakkelijk ook eigenlijk, wat ons 30 sol per persoon bespaarde. Altijd fijn 🙂. De volgende dag een relaxte dag gehad. Helaas niet gesurft, had me de dag ervoor aan een rots gesneden, en dat was nogal gevoelig. Al met al een geslaagd weekend in een super leuk en relaxed plaatsje in een super leuk couchsurfingsadresje. Kan me goed voorstellen dat mensen hier blijven plakken. Dit was ook een weekend wat ik nodig had aangezien ik net voordat we de bus naar Huanchaco instapten een telefoontje kreeg dat tante Veroon overleden was. Gelukkig ben ik in januari langs geweest en had ik afscheid genomen.

    Vanuit Huaraz zijn we naar Chachapoyas geweest. Een lange rit, maar het was het waard. De eerste dag naar de Kuelep Ruins geweest. Deze waren indrukwekkend. Het wordt ook de "ruins in the cloudforest" genoemd. Dit was heel toepasselijk, want het was super mistig die dag. Maar alsnog indrukwekkend.
    De dag erna naar de Gocta watervallen geweest. We wilden de hele route lopen, maar hadden daar uiteindelijk niet genoeg tijd voor aangezien onze collectivo zoals gewoonlijk weer veel te laat vertrok.. Uiteindelijk nog 15km gelopen, maar de waterval alleen vanaf de onderkant gezien. Maar wat indrukwekkend. Te hoog om op de foto te krijgen, maar wel echt indrukwekkend.

    Die avond de nachtbus naar Mancora genomen. Onze laatste stop in Peru. Net zoals Huanchaco een surfplaats, alleen een stukje groter. De stranden en oceaan een stuk schoner, maar Huanchaco had een leukere uitstraling. Gemoedelijker. Desalniettemin 2 nachten hier verbleven. Gesurft, aan het strand gelegen en wederom een avondje gedanst.
    Een goede afsluiting van Peru. Hier bijna 7 weken rondgereisd met veel plezier. Peru heeft een interesante cultuur, mooie diverse natuur, hoge bergen, stranden, lekker eten en goedkoop. Al met al een heel mooi en gaaf land dat zeker een plekje in mijn hart heeft gekregen.

    Vanaf Mancora de nachtbus naar Cuenca genomen. Na 2 uur in de bus werden we wakker gemaakt, omdat we de grens overgingen naar Ecuador. Exciting, a new adventure 😃. In Cuenca een paar dagen verbleven. De eerste dag gelijk de Pumapungo ruins bezocht. Dit stelde niet super veel voor, was voor ons wel mooi tijdverdrijf totdat we de kamer opkonden. Die avond was de laatste festiviteit van de carnaval. Dus gekeken naar de optredens en gedanst met de locals.
    De dag erna zijn we naar een lookout over de stad geweest. Erg gaaf uitzicht. Helaas was ik wat ziek geworden van de airco in de bus, dus verder niet veel gedaan. Al met al een leuke stad, niet heel druk toen wij er waren. Blijkbaar was de stad vrij rustig omdat iedereen 4 dagen vrij had voor de carnaval, dit beviel mij goed. Onze laatste avond afgesproken met Ceasar, een local die we in Mancora hadden leren kennen. Leuke afsluiting.

    Vanuit Mancora doorgegaan naar Montañita. Bekend om de surf, de toeristen en de feesten. Hier een paar dagen gerelaxed aan het strand en een feestje geprobeerd. Was een geslaagde avond. Vervolgens een stukje verder de kust omhoog gegaan naar Puerto López. Hier hadden we wederom een couchsurfingsadres gevonden voor 1 nacht. Geweldige locatie, aan het strand en onze kamer keek erop uit. Zover bevalt Ecuador goed, behalve dat het erg duur is vergeleken met Peru 😅

    Nu onderweg naar Baños. Zoveel goede verhalen over gehoord, dus ben benieuwd.

    Hieronder de foto's van Trujillo en Huanchaco.
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  • Day189

    Huanchaco

    March 9 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Nach einer eher schlechten Busfahrt komme ich morgens um 5 Uhr in Trujillo an und nehme ein Taxi nach Huanchaco. Auf dieser Fahrt hatte ich diverse Nahtoderfahrungen und war heilfroh endlich anzukommen 😄
    Das kleine Surferörtchen hat außer Surfen, Strand und schönen Sonnenuntergängen nicht viel zu bieten 😎Read more

  • Day58

    Huanchaco vibes

    October 31, 2016 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    After my sister left, I spent my last week in Peru visiting Roxy and Matteo in the beach town Huanchaco. Besides surfing a lot and trying out many great local specialties, we hiked/ climbed up a mountain top and camped there for a night. The view from up there was incredible, with a sky turning from a burning red into a starlit night. Only some kind of huge bird was keeping us awake while it was out hunting :).
    The impressive adobe city Chan Chan, which is even older than the Inca sites, was definitely also worth a visit. We celebrated our last evening with a halloween party and were thus wearing our makeup accordingly. Now it is time to explore the other side of the continent - Brazil here I come!
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  • Day81

    Huanchaco

    January 1, 2016 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Got to Peru after a long bus ride! Spend the last 4 days in Huanchaco by the beach mostly with chilling. The hostel is super cool, a real bamboo house with two annoying, loud parrots. Tried some new local food, including ceviche (raw fish) obviously just for Tom. On New Years eve two Russian volunteers cooked a whole turkey and some Peruvian other local deliciousness. We were all sitting around the table, celebrating together, it was a nice bunch of people. After this late dinner we all went out to the street by the beach to watch the fireworks and dancing. We were planning to leave yesterday but Tom got food poisoning so we stayed an extra night but at least we could get some more tan on the beach today.Read more

  • Day197

    Hanging Out in Huanchaco

    February 11, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Huanchaco is a coastal town, about twenty minutes from Trujillo by taxi. The journey was actually faster than our negotiations with the taxi driver to get us to Huanchaco, as we struggled to communicate that we didn't want to leave immediately. We tried to explain that we wanted to leave later, around lunchtime, to give us time to explore Trujilo's historical centre. In the end, we got our message across and seemingly both parties understood.

    We arrived at our hostel in Huanchaco and discovered a veritable Noah's ark living in the complex. We were greeted by the friendly cat, Fidel, who had been abandoned, along with the hostel for over twelve months. Apparently Fidel approved of the hostel renovations and decided he would stay put and become the hostel guard cat. To keep Fidel company, there were also two tortoises and three rabbits, including one intersex bunny with a wonky eye like Paris Hilton. The beach and ocean could be seen from the hostel balcony, with perfect sunsets over the Pacific ocean.

    After checking in, we wandered down to the shore to check-out the local delicacies on offer. As we sat eating our lunch, we partook in some people watching, observing some of the unique fashion on display by the locals and the itinerants passing through town. Jason pointed out one woman who was wearing such tiny shorts that Ricky was unable to see them because her handbag was bigger than her shorts. There was certainly more material used to make the handbag than the rest of her outfit. At this point, we saw a familiar sight in the distance in the form of our Canadian friends, Dave and Terrie, who joined us for lunch and who would be our neighbours at the hostel for the next six days and nights.

    On the first evening, we discovered a secret that Terrie had been keeping from us: the cake man. Each night at 7pm, one of the local bakeries traverse the streets of Huanchaco selling their cakes, tarts, biscuits and all kinds of delicious sweets. We had heard the sounds of a horn but Lima had desensitised us to all kinds of tooting and beeping. We suspect Terrie wanted to kept it a secret to get in first and clean out the cake man. We made up for missing the cake man over the next five nights. We could have opened up our own bakery with the bounty that we returned with. Each night, we waited patiently for his call to action and at the slightest sign of him we scurried down the steps, fearing that we may miss out on the tasty sweets. All nightly activities revolved around the schedule of the cake man. It was as if we were possessed by Marie Antoinette and took her suggestion to eat cake to the extreme.

    Sweets had quickly replaced the liquid calories of beer, caiprinihas and pisco sours. There's no wonder that our waistlines have expanded faster than you can say “let them eat cake”. Even our families have noted the extra kilos of our pastry baby bulges but, like crackheads looking for another hit, we are addicted and can't inhale the sugary sweets quick enough. To counter the excess calories, we enrolled in the yoga classes on offer at the hostel but we’re afraid that the horse has already bolted. Maybe we can get liposuction in Mexico before we return home. But in the near future, it may be necessary to fatify our clothes [to adapt clothes to accommodate an expanded waistline, usually involving sewing an extra panel of material into the clothes].

    After exploring the historical areas and clearing out every bakery in sight, we adventured further afield and took a day trip to Trujillo, along with Dave and Terrie. We split up with Dave and Ricky heading to the Huaca de la Luna, a Moche monument located about twenty minutes from Trujillo, while Jason and Terrie remained in Trujillo to shop and to see the sights. The evening was capped off with more food from the street vendors in the centre of town, a first for Terrie who has been placed under the evil influence of Jason. The kebab sticks, papa rellenas and picarones became a staple part of our diets for most of the time in Huanchaco, along with the cheap two course menu del dias.

    The next day, we wandered to the outskirts of the town to explore the streets and to walk off some of the excess calories, or more to the point to make room for more calories. The town didn't have a supermarket but we lost count of the number of shops selling baked goods. We stumbled across one bakery and got roped into being photographed wearing a sash in front of a painting. At first we thought the store owner wanted a picture to put on their social media site showing that gringos had frequented their establishment. But this wasn't the case and he ended up taking the photo with Jason’s phone. The store owner pushed and shoved us into place as Jason, Ricky and Terrie stood around wondering what was happening. We had no idea why the store owner insisted on taking the photo; we never asked for it and it just left us puzzled.

    Apart from surfing and yoga retreats, the other attraction in Huanchaco is the historical site of Chan Chan, about ten minutes from the main part of the town. The complex was the capital of the Chimu civilisation and was used as the residence of the Chimu royalty. Most of the complex has been destroyed by natural forces as well as by the Spanish conquistadors and only a small section of the twenty square kilometre complex, the Nik An, is open to tourists. From Chan Chan, we took a taxi to the Huaca de la Esmeralda before picking up supplies in Trujillo and then returning home, via the Chan Chan Museum, to eat more cake.

    On our last morning, we weren't greeted by Fidel the friendly cat, which had been commonplace over the previous five nights. Later, we found out that Fidel had been poisoned and had gone missing. Eventually, after a number of hostel guests went in search, Fidel was found alive but in a bad condition. The poor thing had spent the night vomiting, hidden away from the rest of the world. Fortunately, the worse was over for him and he was able to receive the care he needed. When it came time to leave, we had to tear ourselves away from the cake as well as the calm, chilled-out surroundings of Huanchaco.

    Next stop: Chiclayo.
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  • Day21

    Trujillo, Chan Chan City of Palaces

    February 2, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Weiter geht es nach Chan Chan, Unesco Welterbe, der ehemaligen Hauptstadt des präkolumbischen Chimù Reiches. Die Stadt entstand um 13 Jahrhundert und erstreckt sich über 28 Quadratkilometer komplett aus Lehmbauten. 60000 Menschen sollen hier gelebt haben. Erst als die Inkas den Fluss, der die Stadt mit Wasser versorgte, trocken legten, konnten sie die Stadt erobern. Als die Spanier das Inkareich eroberten, war es vorbei mit der Chimù Kultur. Il Nino trug sein Weiteres zur Zerstörung der Stadt bei.Read more

  • Day44

    Chan Chan

    December 4, 2014 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    De grootste adobestad in de wereld en voormalige hoofdstad van het Chimukoninkrijk. Echt een indrukwekkende site in grote en schoonheid. Wat nog het meest opviel, was dat er amper toeristen rondliepen :-)!

  • Day20

    Huanchaco, Peru

    April 29, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    A more local side of Peru, a visit to some ancient ruins and the first bout of sickness for the trip.

    The overnight bus from Máncora was unfortunately punctuated with a sudden onset of severe stomach pains and consequently a couple of vomits...thankfully these long distance buses are equipped with toilets on board! It did make for a bit of a battle over the following couple of days to reintroduce foods again but at least it was relatively short lived.

    Trujillo is one of Peru’s biggest cities and is only 10km or so away, but we decided we’d prefer to stay in a smaller place rather than a big city. In the end our stop here was mainly to break up what would otherwise be a 16 hour journey to the Huaraz, but also to see some of the ruins in this area.

    Until the 1970s Huanchaco was supposedly a bustling fishing village but today it is relatively laid-back, although many of the boats called caballitos and made from totora (a type of reed) remain lining the beach. Otherwise the beach is pretty substandard compared to Máncora and Montañita in terms of lounging and sunbathing but there’s still a fair amount of people surfing here. In fact, an hour or so further down the coast is actually the world’s longest left.

    Chan Chan was the capital city of the Chimú Empire, an urban civilisation that appeared on the Peruvian coast around 1100-1300AD and is the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas. At one point the city covered roughly 25km2 but now only spreads about 14km2. At its peak Chan Chan housed approximately 60,000 people before the Chimú people were conquered by the Incas around 1460. Later the Spanish looted the city, as it was well known for its wealth. One particular tomb of one of the Kings was found with an extortionate amount of gold inside. Every time a king died, his wife and servants would also be sacrificed and buried - so the palace would become a mausoleum and the next king would require a new palace. Over the years, nine different royal palaces were built. I hate to think how many people this means were sacrificed.

    We only saw a small portion of these ruins due to the fact that this was all that was open to the public but the size and scale of the place was insane, not to mention the detail in the clay walls. Originally these were thought to have been painted colourfully too but today no colour remains, although many drawings of various animals and lines do. Their building knowledge was very also clever for this time - some walls being up to 4m thick or designed in such a way to withstand the amount of earthquakes in the area. Given this site has only been subject to restorations in the last 30 years, they’ve definitely done a good job.

    Our ticket for Chan Chan also gave us access to a couple of other smaller ruins but without a guide they didn’t mean an awful lot to us so these were relatively short and sweet visits! In hindsight we probably should have booked a proper tour including a visit to the temples of the sun and the moon which we later found out were incredible as they still have coloured walls too but hey, can’t win them all.

    The rest of our time in Huanchaco was spent relaxing, perusing the markets for fresh local produce to make use of our hostel kitchen and a couple of visits to a bakery we stumbled across that did some great pastries, cakes and ice cream! You have to make the most of these things when you find them as they’re a rare occurrence in these parts.

    In the end I decided to go a day ahead of Kit and Bronte to Huaraz, partly due to the fact that there wasn’t a massive amount to do in Huanchaco but also to start acclimatising for some of the hikes I wanted to do. Somehow I ended up on a VIP bus, complete with VIP lounge pre-boarding with free crackers, tea, computers and the best couches I’ve seen in a while. Then on board I got given a pillow, blanket, hot tea and a snack bag. Very unexpected! The night buses here are actually very comfortable, with mostly ‘semi-cama’ seats which generally lie back to 160 degrees with leg rests as well do they definitely beat plane seats. Peru’s bus system was notoriously dangerous but has had a big overhaul particularly for long distance buses which requires them to display their speed, have seatbelts and not make extra stop to pick up any rogue passengers. Win for us really.

    Anyway, it’s definitely time for a break from the beach - take me back to the mountains!
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