Provincia de Piura

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  • Day206

    Piura: the Eternal City of Heat

    February 20, 2018 in Peru

    The next stop on our north Peruvian expedition was Piura, known as the eternal city of heat. Or is that the city of eternal heat? The weather is reasonably constant in Piura with the minimum temperature rarely dropping below 20 degrees celsius in summer. For Team Canada, Dave and Terrie, who had joined us on our journey northwards, the heat was a stark contrast to the bitterly cold weather of their hometown. But for us, it felt like another summer's day in BrisVegas, although less humid.

    Piura is three hours by bus from Chiclayo and is the fourth largest city in Peru, with about 180,000 people. We were prepared for the bus to arrive later than scheduled but it seemed that the driver was on a mission to get us to our destination. For the fast, three-hour journey, the driver tailgated anything that got in his way. It was a wonder that the cars didn't end up becoming a decoration for the front of the bus. And we had front row seats! Every time the driver went over 90km per hour, there was a loud beeping sound, which could still be heard long after the trip. It's possible we're all suffering from tinnitus now. At least, we got to our destination on-time and alive. In recent times, there have been a number of buses that haven't made it to their destinations.

    Our time in Piura was spent mainly feeding our food addictions and exploring the centre city, around the Plaza de Armas. We were accompanied, as partners in crime, by Team Canada, who were staying 10 minutes away. We’re not sure if they were entertained or wanted to slowly slip away into the sunset, when we had an altercation with a street vendor selling cold drinks. Jason handed the vendor money to buy a cold drink but soon discovered that the woman wanted three times the price of a restaurant or supermarket. He politely told the woman that he didn't want the drink and that we would like his money back. This turned into a saga with the woman refusing to give the money back. Things soon escalated and a nearby security guard came over to investigate what was happening. In the end, we called the vendor a thief and walked away, as the woman continued to argue with the guard. After our time in Piura, Team Canada is probably sighing with relief to have rid themselves of the “rogue” Australians who made them traverse across the maniac streets of Peru, narrowly missing the cars as we weaved in and out of traffic to secure our next treat.

    After spending the last eleven days with Team Canada, we said our farewells as we went in different directions. We already miss the sound our their Canadian accents while we are “oot and aboot” and decked out in our toques. But we are sure that they will think of us when they are home amongst all the snow and ice, drinking their hot homo milk. We even started to speak Canadian and will be able to fit in like natives when we go to Timmies [Tim Hortons, a Canadian coffee and donut shop] for a timbit and a double-double. We tried to teach the Canadians some Aussie slang but it was all too much for them. Maybe we will try again if we get to meet up at another destination.

    Next stop: Loja
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  • Day220

    Short stop - Piura

    October 18, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Peru is our speed-up country. The country is huge and we do not have enough time. First stop is Piura, but only for a night and afterwards we will travel to Lima for another night. We have a longer stay ahead in Arequipa. Therefore only a short post.
    In Piura we tried some of the typical Peruvian food: leche de tigre and delicious beer (the dark bottle is a black beer that has a bit of a taste of chocolate).
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  • Day17

    Time to leave Yapatera and Explore!

    February 25, 2018 in Peru

    The project ended 1 week ahead of schedule which meant extra travel time for me! Hooray!

    First stop is Piura, a large city still recovering from massive flooding just the year before. Not my favorite place or the safest place but this city is a major bus/air hub for northern Peru. Trash culture is bad in North Peru and all trash is burned. Yapatera, Chulucanas, and Piura all smell like smoke and burning plastic. Not a smell you get used to really.

    Next stop is Trujillo and the beach town of Huanchaco. I LOVED this town. We stayed at a great hostel that had a pool and pool table. Right next to the pacific we could hear the waves. We visited the pre-Columbian civilization of Chan Chan. The largest pre- Incan civilization in all the Americas.
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  • Day274


    February 2, 2010 in Peru

    Gisteravond hebben we Ecuador achter ons gelaten. Bijtijds zijn we na het eten afgereisd met de taxi naar de busterminal van Vilcabamba....en 1,5 uur later stonden we op de terminal van Loja. Daar hebben we nog een poosje zitten wachten tot de nachtbus naar Piura vertrok om iets over elven. We hadden de achterste twee banken tot onze beschikking, er was geen film en geen muziek.....dus konden we met gemak de ogen een poosje dichtdoen. Er werd nog twee keer gestopt in de opvolgende plaatsen en er werd getankt. Net weggedommeld werd ik wakker van een man in het gangpad met een geweer....het bleek dat we gestopt waren bij een militaire controlepost....en dus moesten de papieren getoond worden. Na wederom een hazeslaapje gedaan te hebben werd bij de volgende stop alle bagage gecheckt en moesten er mensen uit de bus. Om vier uur kwamen we bij de grens van Peru aan.....niemand te bekennen....alleen twee duistere kantoortjes aan beide kanten van de brug waar papierwerk ingevuld moest worden en waar onze paspoorten gecontroleerd werden. Ondanks de roerige verhoudingen uit het verleden tussen beide landen was het erg gemoedelijk. Per abuis werd ons een visum verschaft van 30 dagen.....maar met een extra 1 ervoor was dat ook weer snel opgelost. Nog even langs de politie controle aan de kant van Peru....een plas doen tussen de kikkers.....en we konden weer verder.
    Drie uur later kwamen we aan in Piura waar we over moesten stappen op de bus naar Lima. busmaatschappij rijd niet vandaag....en de laatste bus naar Lima is om 6.30 uur vertrokken. We hebben inmiddels kaartjes voor de volgende bus....maar die gaat pas om 13.00 uur. Bij het kopen van de buskaartjes zei men dat onze dollars vals waren......wilde ze ons oplichten met taxi naar het centrum accepteerde de �nep� dollars wel, maar gaf te weinig geld retour....welkom in Peru!!!
    We zijn gewaarschuwd door iedereen die we onderweg tegen zijn gekomen en reeds Peru heeft moet oppassen want aan alle kanten word je opgelicht.

    Het is nu 9.10 in de morgen.....even internetten en rustig ontbijten.....4 uurtjes tijd uitzitten....en dan door naar Trujillo....nog een uur of 6 bussen.

    En vanavond bijtijds slapen!
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