Trip Start Aug 03, 2011
2Trip End Sep 23, 2011
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Huanchaco is sleeping off its high-season hangover, most of the restaurants and hostels are closed, thick clouds sit over the town all day and the main beach road is all but a ghost town, all the more bizarre for the pictures in every shop window of the same place absolutely packed.
Not that I mind, the laid back atmosphere in the handful of places still open is perfect for me and the hostel is a steal at only 10 soles a night. The beach is still pretty picturesque even under cloud cover and the temperature is still very pleasant
The city of Trujillo is about 15 mins away in the taxi and that is where the action is in regards to things to do. We went there for the day and stayed mostly in the old town area around the square and the government buildings. Their are numerous beautiful old colonial buildings dotted around the area in various states of disrepair/restoration and the streets seem pretty safe. At one point I needed a rest (still sufferng with my foot) so we stopped for a coffee in a gorgeous old mansion full of antique furiture. Also whilst in Trujillo I went to a sandwich place that was mentioned in the Loney Planet guide and it did not disapoint; i had a fresh hot chicken sandwich with various salad and two different chilli sauces, simply brilliant and so so cheap!
On another day we went to see the ruins of Chan Chan, situated just outside of Trujillo, and at one time the largest adobe city on earth apparently. The ruins were interesting but nothing to shout about and once again my foot was throbbing so had to keep it short but well worth the small entrance fee.
Anyway this keyboard is knackered and driving me crazy typing so gonna leave off for now and will write again once I´m in Mancara, the next stop on the way to Ecuador!