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South America » Peru » La Libertad » Huanchaco August 13th 2015

Boy oh boy, am I behind with the blog. So I better get cracking and update it before I forget what has happened or I don’t have the time to write it down. After an amazing, and exhausting, time with Carla in Lima it was time for her to get back home to Brasilia and for me to continue my trip. Carla’s flight was early in the morning and I had booked an overnight bus to Huanchaco in the north of Peru. So I had a whole day to kill in Lima and as I really liked the centre I took a taxi there and just strolled around, had a great lunch and enjoyed the atmosphere. After all, who knows when, and if at all, I would come back to this wonderful city? At 19.00 I ... read more
Robbed on the way to Huanchaco
Cooking
Cooking

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Huanchaco July 24th 2015

Distance driven today: 263 miles / 423 km Cumulative distance driven: 10,343 miles / 16,645 km Today’s trip: Piura to Huanchaco, Peru Windy desserts crossed: 1 Found Peru’s surfer hangout: yes, Hunachaco Only minutes after we started riding this morning, we found ourselves in the Sechura desert, which is one of the many deserts along the Peruvian coast. Even though the road was straight for several hours and the traffic was relatively light, driving turned out to be rather challenging. A very strong side win, blowing in from the Pacific Coast, constantly tried to blow our heavy loaded bike off the road and into the sand dunes on the side of the road. I had to lean the bike heavily into the wind to counteract the forces of the wind, constantly having to adjust for the ... read more
Boat on the road through the desert...go figure
The Sechura desert
Chiclayo is easy the dirtiest city we have driven through - ever

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Huanchaco May 15th 2015

Well we have had a wonderful three weeks with our oldest daughter in her home turf of Huanchaco. She has introduced us to lots of people and places, and we have made some nice memories together. We went north to Chiclayo to ride paso horses, and visited Tucume, the valley of 26 pyramids, near Sipan. Several civilizations lived in this area, building on the remains of the past groups. The pottery, metal work and art is unbelievable. A fairly bloody past, with lots of human sacrifices though. and we went into the mountains on Mothers' Day, to Otusco, and had a lunch of cuy, or guineapig. There's a revered statue of Mary there, and people make a pilgrimage by foot on Dec 15, from Trujillo all the way up. Lisa has been busy at the skate ... read more
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South America » Peru » La Libertad » Huanchaco July 9th 2012

Time on the North Coast of Peru slides by easily, but we didn't realize that it's been so long since our last update. When we came to Huanchaco, we were looking for a sleepy little beach town, and that's just what we found. Most days are taken up with a little bit of work on the computer, a little bit of almuerzo and a little bit of time in the sun. Not bad, but not very exciting subject matter either. We've also been healing our scars (literally, emotionally, financially, etc.) from the previously chronicled theft and hospitalization. But, as everyone knows, bad luck comes in threes, so we knew we were due for something else. One night, as Justin sat watching the finale of Homeland, it came in spectacular fashion. The television exploded in a burst ... read more
Standing Guard At Chan Chan
Chan Chan Agriculture
Chris Hanging Ten

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Huanchaco June 30th 2012

Geo: -8.0795, -79.1206Gegen 6:00 Uhr morgens treffen wir in Trujillo ein. Doch etwas gerädert von 2 Nächten in Folge im Bus nehmen wir ein Taxi zu unserem Zielort Huanchaco.Ein süßer Ort am Strand mit blühender Surferscene soll Huanchaco sein. Viel erkennen können wir davon nicht. Das Hostel, welches wir ansteuern ist mittlerweile keines mehr und so fährt uns der Taxifahrer zu seinem „Tipp". Obwohl es ein ziemlich düsteres Loch ist, nehmen wir das Zimmer – und bereuen es kurz später als wir durch den Ort schlendern und durchaus nett aussehende Hostels entdecken. Na, ja – wir haben uns aber auch gleich entschlossen nur eine Nacht zu bleiben, denn so toll ist der Ort nun wirklich nicht. Der Strand ist grau in grau und dreckig und obwohl die Brandung wirklich gut zum Surfen geeignet zu sein scheint, ... read more
Suedamerikanischer Pelikan kurz voe der Landung.
Die fuer den Ort bekannten Boote...
Der Steg von Huanchaco.

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Huanchaco May 8th 2012

The busses here are an experience, that's for sure. I don't mean the busses to get from one city to the next, but the ones within a city. I've only taken them a few times, and every time I'm enormously proud of myself. Somehow I always end up on these little busses (which may be called collectivos.. half the time it seems they are called that, the other half a collectivo is seemingly just a taxi that fills with people all going to the same place.. who knows!) So don't picture a real bus. Picture a van. Just a van with seats. Filled to the brim. Sometimes people have to stand and literally their heads are horizontal, there's just no room! Today I took one to Trujillo, which is the city about half an hour away ... read more

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Huanchaco May 4th 2012

Last night I arrived in my tropical paradise. I've been waiting all trip to get here. Ya, I know I've only been travelling two weeks but still.. this is what I've been waiting for. So last night I arrived and set up my new tent (thanks Scott!) for the first time in the dark. No problem. Then I set up my hammock for the first time ever, with a little help from a new Swedish friend (who I found out just turned 45. Ok he may eventually read this but fuck if he wasn't the hottest 45 year old I've seen in my life!) I met a guy from the states, named Jake (though he first told me his middle name, as people down here have trouble pronouncing Jake.. it was Rafael. Ya, I just instantly ... read more

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Huanchaco March 31st 2012

Once again, it’s been a while since the last installment of our South American adventures. Post-border crossing and robbery, we settled into our new beachside apartment. It doesn’t take long to get to know the town of Huanchaco. There was a movie-themed Carnaval parade that didn't take place on Mardi Gras but on the following weekend. But we’ve basically been enjoying quiet days (and nights) and enviable sunsets. So when Chris was asked by Cuenca friends Karen and Donovan to help them out at a travel conference in Lima, she was happy to take the diversion and go to the big city. She jumped on the 8-hour “Super VIP” overnight bus, and woke up in Lima on Leap Day. This was not her first trip to the town, but the last time she was there was ... read more
Yup, this is Chris watching a parade
Edward Scissorhand
Pucusana outside of Lima

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Huanchaco February 3rd 2012

On Thursday, we had one last lunch at the California Kitchen and headed over to the Cuenca bus station. To get to the North Coast of Peru, the quickest way is to cross at the coast... however, this crossing is notable for its sketchiness. So, we decided to cross into Peru at the mountain crossing, near Macara, for caution's sake (in literature, this would be called foreshadowing). This also gave us a chance to spend our last night in Ecuador in Loja, other than Cuenca our favorite place in the country. We had some tamales and empanadas at url=http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ecuador/the-southern-highlands/loja/restaurants/south-american/el-tamal-lojanoEl Tamal Lojano, and a couple of drinks at url=http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ecuador/the-southern-highlands/loja/entertainment-nightlife/pub/el-viejo-mineroEl Viejo Minero. Friday morning, we headed out early for the long bu... read more
Downtown Trujillo
Our New Home
The Procession

South America » Peru » La Libertad » Huanchaco December 1st 2011

From Lima, we are heading up the coast north towards Ecuador and our first stop was Huanchaco, a small fishing village turned surfer paradise. We boarded a "semi cama" nightbus in Lima to go to Trujillo and arrived in the early morning and caught a bus to Huancaco which is 12km away. The word "bus" is maybe a bit of an overstatement, the vehicle looked a little welted together, was shaking and ratteling during the ride and hardly stopped on the way, the passengers mostly got on and off at half-speed. Huanchaco is quite small and life definately takes place at the promenade along the beach. Fishermen paddle out with funky looking reed boats and fish for crabs, locals sell touristy souvenirs, ice cream and snacks, everyone watches the surfers and couples take a stroll on ... read more
The patio at the hostel
Turtles!
Beach




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