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South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo » Chan Chan September 14th 2013

Sept 14th, Saturday - Currently in Huarez, Peru! We arrived in Trujillo in the late afternoon and took a taxi to the Hostel El Conde de Arce, which is just 1/2 block off of the very beautiful Plaza de Armas and which cost us what I could have sworn he said 60 soles/day but he demanded 70/day when we paid him 2 days later! The Arce is very run down and it´s really too bad because it could be very, very nice!! But it was clean and in a great spot so it was OK with us! We first went to the Vegetarian Restaurant a few blocks away (it was about 4pm) and had a nice meal (the ensalata mixta was great!!). Trujillo is beautiful!! We haven´t been to Cuzco yet but to us Trujillo ... read more

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo May 7th 2013

7/5/13 Trip to El Brujo and the Lady of Cao I was really looking forward to today’s trip as it was to the Pyramid of the Witch Doctors (shamans) and the Lady of Cao – the first female Moche ruler. Our guide yesterday had told me how the site is still used today by Witch Doctors from Peru, Ecuador and Columbia to perform shamanic rituals. In the past witch doctors went to the pyramid to boost their healing powers as the site was known to be a place of powerful energies. Great stuff! Imagine then my disappointment when after an hour travelling north through barren desert scenery only broken by areas of sugar cane plantations we finally reached the El Brujo Archaeological site and were told we weren’t going to the pyramid! Gutted!! Allegedly the site ... read more
9 Pyramid of the Lady of Cao (3) Outer wall of 4th level of pyramid, outer courtyard
9 Pyramid of the Lady of Cao (5) Outer wall of 4th level of pyramid, outer courtyard, Losers being taken to be sacrificed
9 Pyramid of the Lady of Cao (12) Preparation room and actual grave site

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo January 31st 2013

Hello people! Long time no write I know. Well, I have a few days of holiday before starting my next job so I am taking advantage of the time to update you… So the quick version: I´ve been in Trujillo (or Tru-tru-JI-lo! as they say on the radio) , northern Peru, for the last two months volunteering as an English teacher at an ngo in a poor part of the city. It´s been great - the students were super-cute, even the older ones, and my fellow professors were equally fab - if they are reading this - I miss you!!! It was a good experience for me on the road to becoming an English teacher, and it was great to meet so many people in the area and learn about their lives. I felt part of ... read more

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo October 2nd 2012

I have been working at Sta. Lucia since September, 24th. I have had the opportunity to observe and learn from brilliant, kind physicians here. Last week I learned how to properly examine a patient: Inspection, auscultation, palpation, and percussion. Dra. Matrissa drew out schematics of the pulmonary system, cardiovascular system, and gastrointestinal system. She explained the quadrants and the reason for watching, palpating, listening, and percussing the areas that we do; what is considered normal and abnormal during the exam. And for anyone who knows me, I thrive in an environment regulated by reason and theory. I have seen many diagnoses, especially lots of colds and flus. I met a young man with AIDS who was only 23 years old. We gave him a referral to a specialty clinic. He had this smile and grace about ... read more

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo September 30th 2012

I had my first medical campaign yesterday. It was organized by a local health clinic with both doctor and nurse participants. We packed up the medical supplies and medicine and set off to a remote area of La Moche, a town outside of Trujillo. Our arrival was immediately ensued by a line formation outside of our worksite. The worksite was a one-room schoolhouse. For the children, we recorded their names, age, weight, and height. We conducted hemoglobin testing and documented these results as well. There was a table devoted to listening to their hearts and lungs and another devoted to administering medications. For the adults, we also recorded their blood pressure. I was able to circulate amongst the tables providing help where I could.I also managed a dental hygiene station. Here, I brushed their teeth, instructed ... read more


South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo » Chan Chan September 28th 2012

One of the many things that has been an adjustment is the transportation in Peru. Where to start... Public transportation is a choice between "micros" (buses), "combis" (public vans), "mototaxis" (carriages attached to motorcycles), and taxis, depending on your location. Micros and combis are marked by color, letters on the lower right corner of the windshield, and letters on the top of the windshield. Taxis are marked by company, if marked at all (depending on the city). Even with the marked vehicles, you still ahve to ask everytime you get on if they are going to your location. The micros and combis have two personnel working, the driver and the cobrador (collects fares, opens and closes doors, yells out to pededstrians on the street...) Basically, the cobrador has his head of the window, yelling, the entire ... read more

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo November 17th 2011

…… and here is that afore mentioned instalment. Your correspondent arrived here via a bus and an article read in the Peruvian press by W. The article held promise of a relaxed city with a plaza surrounded by colourful town halls and cathedrals. The article was not without accuracy. There are two main attractions here, one being Chan Chan , the other being Huaca de Luna. With names like these how could they be resisted. We asked our landlady who was attired in a luxurious velvety green dressing gown how to get to Chan Chan and she told us to leave the hostal, turn left and get a local bus. To the amazement of your correspondent, this proved a most correct set of directions. Chan Chan is staggering. Although built much later than Chivan ( see ... read more
C'mon City !!!
looks unsteady - won't last thousands of years
bloody graffiti

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo December 19th 2010

Hola todos ! Espejo todo va bien. (notez cette aisance dans la langue de Sepulveda) Je commence mon voyage au Perou par un peu de culture. Ce matin, je suis allé voir Huaca del sol y la luna. Nous sommes un petit groupe: a couple austalien (lui est super lourd, mais son accent est tel que je comprends rien !), quelques peruviens et moi. Le tour se fera en espagnol et anglais. Car oui, j ai fait mon touriste et j ai booké un tour pour le 1er jour. On fera les excusrisons tout seul plus tard, une fois acclimaté au pays. Donc, nous commencons par traverser la campiña de Moche. Bon je vous arrete tout de suite, je ne vais pas faire de blague toutes les 2 lignes sur la culture moche. Et nous rejoingons ... read more
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South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo April 7th 2010

After a night bus from Lima, I arrived in the city of Trujillo - Peru’s third city and the capital of the north. 12km north west of the city centre is the small fishing village of Huanchaco, and as this is where all the budget accommodation is located, I decided to stay here. The village itself is very nice, with clean sandy beaches and a pier stretching into the pacific, but away from the sea front it seemed a bit grotty. The hostel was nice enough though, and the sunsets over the beach and sea were spectacular. All the main attractions were however in Trujillo, but there were frequent enough buses (albeit rather slow ones). I thought the centre was nice enough; the main square is very ornate, as are the main thoroughfares that form the ... read more
Fishing boats on Huanchaco´s beach
Trujillo Main Square
Trujillo Main Square

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Trujillo February 15th 2010

Nu har jeg lyst til at skrive en lang mail. Jeg har et par gange fået skrevet en del tanker ned, på mine efterhånden mange busture. Hov, før jeg starter mailen rigtigt vil jeg lige sige at jeg ikke gider koncentrere mig om tegnsætning - det ødelægger mit ”flow”. Så hvis du er sart med kommaer,,, så gå ud at lav en mad og se noget fjernsyn i stedet.... Jeg har som sagt fået skrevet et par gange på busture, men det er jo ucensureret, for det er jo terapi. Måske må nogle af jer godt læse det engang (som om i gider), men det er jo med lidt mere personlige og farverige oplevelser. Den her mail er jo bare ren deskriptiv: fx: først landede jeg der, så så jeg en bygning i en skæg farve ... read more

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