Trujillo and Chan Chan

Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
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Trip End Jul 06, 2011


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Hostel opposite El Ensueno

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Continuation of Day 9 January 12th - Arrive in Trujillo later than expected. Great, my bag seems to have been placed in a stinky wet part of the bus, the shoulder straps are damp. Grab a taxi, and more effort is required this time. I tell him the street and hostel name, but this time, I think he is just old and confused. Does he know we are in Trujillo? I know my hostel is two blocks from the central plaza, so ask for the central plaza. However, 5 minutes later, there is a group forum going on around this little yellow taxi. About 5 other people are trying to help, so I just sit back, and wait for him to decide to drive. He also didn't have his glasses, so couldn't read my map..........should he then be driving this little taxi?

Anyway, we are off, and in a few mins, I'm jumping out onto the Plaza de Armas. It's 8pm, and the place is in a frenzy. Within a few seconds, I've got my berings and head off towards the hostel. Broken Spanish books a room for two nights (I didn't have a reservation this time) and I dump my bags and head out to explore.

The city is awesome by night. It is well lit, streets are wide and the evening is warm. I find a little Chinese place, pick out some wantons and some fried rice, for once, I was unable to finish my meal. Man!! Walk back to hostel via Plaza de Armas and settle in for the night. I caught President Obamas speech in Tucson, very moving.


1.1 Miles walked
Temp 31 C 87 F

Day 10 January 13th - Today is going to be a lazy day. I wake up to notice the sheets on my bed have cigarette burns, random long black hairs, and the mattress has become exposed and has many holes. Oh well, it's still comfy and I'm not fussed.
Plan for the day is, drop off laundry, purchase bus ticket to Lima, pick out a tour for tomorrow.

Before long, good intentions of getting up at 9am, soon turn into noon, I eventually settle on 1pm, I really enjoyed the long lie in.

The poor young girls at the laudrette, actually count out each piece I've dropped off.....oh dear.....I feel no more needs to be said on this matter. Bus to Lima sorted out for 10pm the following day, an 8 hour overnight bus, and thanks to the Lonely Planet, I pick out a reasonably priced tour of Chan Chan for the following day.

A greasy pollo and cheese sandwich later, I potter around the outerlying streets before settling on some siesta time. I end up sleeping for quite some time, inbetween watching Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Street Kings. I skip dinner and settle for some more sleep.

Miles walked 0.7
Temp 30 C 86 F

Day 11 January 14th - Up bright and early. I won't see a bed or shower for another two nights so make sure I'm all set for the day. Spend a while trying to explain to hostal owner about looking after my bag for the day. He keeps rubbing his thumb and forefinger together, suggesting I pay him. Earlier in the week he tried to short change me. I suggest maybe I'll tip later in the evening.


Trujillo is spreadout in a grid like fashion, so I try to walk along all the inner streets that connect to the central Plaza. I continue to receive strange looks, think one guy even took a picture of me??

Lunch was a quick affair, some chicken and a coffee, obviously not together, sat in a cafe overlooking the plaza, it is another beautiful day.

I head to Hostal Colonial to pick up the tour I booked. We are heading for a Chimu site in the a museum, 
 Chan Chan itself and some time on the beach town of Huanchaco. I booked an English speaking tour, and on the tour is a guy from Finland, two girls from La France, couple from Wisconsin and a lad from San Francisco. Tour guide was friendly and helpful, I was more impressed with the skills of the driver.

The tour was interesting, but I wish I had been warned that the majority of what we saw was not originally from Chimu times, it has recently been reconstructed. Up until the 1970s, Chan Chan span over 20 kms, now, it's a couple of buildings, so sad to lose such heritage.


Anyway, I took some pictures for Toni, so here you go.

We left Chan Chan and headed for beach town of Huanchaco. We only had a limited amount of time, and for the first time on the trip, the heavens had opened. Here's what I saw.


I got chatting to a couple of the other tour guests, and ended up ordering a stick of beef heart, and made the mistake of adding hot chilli sauce to it. The beef heart tasted amazing, just my lips, tongue and mouth were on fire.....for the next 20 minutes. It was worth it though.

Back into town, I sort out laundry, buy some snacks for my overnight bus, get my bag from the hostel, although this time, I need to kindly ask to use the restroom. I've been busting for about an hour. Again, he motions the 'pay me some money' finger and thumb thing. I grab a few soles and run upstairs. What is this guy like?? Must remember, next time someone asks me for a favour or even asks a question, I'll just ask for cash first.

Had just enough time before my bus leaves to see some of Trujillo by night. It was truly amazing.

So, onto the bus for Lima. Before boarding, they took your fingerprint and had a camcorder stuck in my face. First time that has happened, I guess they must have some issues with the route or maybe some weird policy. Some big dude sits next to me, and within a few minutes, is snoring away. Great! The positives of coach travel, is that your seat actually reclines a decent amount, much better than economy airtravel. So, a good, well, a quite good sleep is in order. At the bus stop, I sort my bag out, and there is nothing quite like the feel of fresh clothes. Similar to that feeling when you go to sleep with a fresh duvet cover. So, without care, I start stripping off at the bus station and don my fresh new clothes. Sweet!

Miles Walked 1.2
Temp 25 C 78 F

Next stop Lima, well sort of.
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Comments

Pete on

Hey Ant - y oh y did you put chilli sauce on the beef heart...surely it smoothered the flavour of human heart...i'd want to taste it. Did you suffer from ring of fire later?

The Real Toni Border on

Sounds like you are having a good time mate....and the food sounds lovely!!

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mum and andy on

hope your feet are better now,best sleep with gloves and socks on!! realy good photos makes us feel we are there, that chilli thing looked hot . stay safe ant.

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