Celebrating Jade's Birthday by the beach!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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Where I stayed
Casa Amelia

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Highlights

Casa Amelia.
Jade did good and found a awesome house/hostel right on the beach in huanchaco. It only had 3 rooms and was run on behalf of Amelia by a dutch couple Renee and Paul. The rooms were a little unusual with a single bed and small bathroom on the first floor and above via an open staircase was where we slept. This did mean we had to make some mad dashes from bathroom to bedroom so not to expose ourselves! There was a lounge and a kitchen that could rival the one we had at home with loads of cooking equipment and a blender! There were hammocks with a sea view to enjoy our afternoons in and ofcourse there were the resident pets; a really old dog that seem the sunbath all day, 2 parrots that laughed a lot and a cute cat. We got to know the other guests staying; Adam and Amy from the states that are staying at the house for over a month and Pip and Dan another english couple who have travelled up from Brazil

Jades Birthday.
Our dutch hosts kindly suggested they would make us a yummy apple pie if we and the rest of the group made dinner. With my worldwide cooking reputation on the line i quickly offered to do the washing up while Jade happily cooked her own birthday meal!! She did get a lot of help though and she loves it really. We all tucked into some lovely chicken and chorizo pasta with garlic bread and apple pie for puds. The plan was then to go out for more alcohol but everyone was so stuffed (and Huanchaco is pretty dead at night) we decided to spend the rest of the night drinking at the house. The following day we did manage to find a cafe that sold some very tasty chocolate cake/birthday cake which i think made up for the lack of birthday presents. 

Las Huacas del sol y de la luna.
Unfortunalty Mark was feeling unwell for our archilogical exploration day so it was just me, Pip and Dan. Things didnt go that great initially when our taxi driver thought we could speak Spanish and went on a rant for 10 minutes. If in doubt just nod and say 'si'! We arrived at our first sight of 2 to find out it was closed. Great. Perhaps thats what the taxi driver was trying to tell us. That left us with the Luna Temple. This was built by the Moche civilisation (one of many civilisations before the Incas) around 1500 years ago. Human sacrifices were made here, firstly civilians were chosen to battle each other but instead of killing, the idea was to capture each other. Once captured they would be stripped naked, scrubbed clean and given a hallucinating juice from a cactus to make them pure. A priest would then show the human sacrifice to the community and drink their blood. Good stuff. The luna temple was originally a pyramid shape with different carvings on each step that have been preserved by the whole temple being covered by bricks and dirt. The history was impressive but due to the age/condition it wasn't as good as some other temples i've seen. What was awesome though was my first meeting with the Peruvian hairless dog. Perhaps the ugliest thing I've ever seen: black, leathery, wrinkly, butt ugly with a small tuft of hair on its head. The cool thing about these dogs though is that they have a higher body temperature than other dogs. They are used by Peruvians as body warmers, especially those with arthritus. Why have a hot water bottle if you can snuggle up to this ugly mutt at night?!


Chan Chan.
As Jade missed out on Chan Chan it meant i could go with her the following day thanks to a miraculous recovery. We took a taxi there as its only a few km from Huanchaco. Chan Chan was built AD 1300 by the Chimu empire and once formed the largest pre-columbian city in the Americas. Now its pretty much a huge area of crumbling mud walls that have been eroded down in time with a section thats been restored which we visited. It basically looks like a giant sandcastle that someones sat on, however there are still beautiful carved birds, fish and waves in the walls. 

Lowlights

Huanchaco.
Huanchaco is a small beach town about 30 mins from Trujillo and is renowned for its world class surfing. Thats about it. The sea was pretty dirty, the beach wasnt much better and the town lacked any atmosphere or quality. Jade dipped her big toe in the sea one day and that was about all the beach action we had. Also it rained a lot, so much so Jade got rudely awoken one night by the leaky roof, straight onto her face. No prizes for guessing who had to sleep downstairs! We did get some decent sunsets but thats about it!
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