From Miami to Trujillo
Trip Start Apr 21, 2009
9Trip End Apr 28, 2009
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We depart Miami at 11:30 pm . The aircraft is not full, and in a rare phenomenon for these days, I am able to bag a row of 4 seats, stretching out in pure luxury.
Arrival is right on time at (gulp) 4:10 am . Suzanne has arranged a transfer service to her aunt's house in San Borja, and the driver will drop me off at my mother-in-law Aida's house on the way.
I arrive at their house at 5:30 and knock on the door. It is immediately opened by Aida's brother Telmo, who assures me is always awake and up by 4:00 am! Not so with Aida, who is under the impression I am arriving tomorrow, and is still enjoying her slumber. Nevertheless Aida gets up and prepares breakfast, and we converse until mid-morning.
Later on I convince Telmo to come with me to visit the National Archeological Museum , which I haven't seen since I was living in Lima 35 years ago.
Larco Herrera Museum. I haven't been to this museum in ages either so we decide to stay. We pay the steep S/. 25.00 (US$ 8.00) entry and enjoy the wonderful exhibitions of pre-Columbian art and artifacts. empanada at the attractive restaurant overlooking the garden.
Upon leaving we see a notice advising us to follow the blue line to the National Archeological Museum . We look down and sure enough there is the line painted on the sidewalk. It directs us for about a mile through the residential district of Pueblo Libre, past a gigantic Metro Hypermarket to the City Hall and the well tended plaza. Opposite City Hall is the museum. On checking the price, S/. 11.00 (US$ 3.00), we decide to come back to visit on my return from Trujillo .
Aida has prepared one of my favourites for lunch, tallarines verdes.
Our flight leaves Lima for Trujillo at 8:35 pm , and we are told to be at the airport two hours ahead (ludicrous), so I arrange with a local taxi driver to pick me up at 7:15. It arrives right on time, and I'm at the LAN counter at 7:35 . Suzanne joins me minutes later, and we check in for the 45-minute flight without any problems.
Even though it is such a short flight and we have paid so little, we still get a free snack and a drink on the way.
Wendy and her fiancée Gustavo are waiting for us at Trujillo Airport . After cramming Suzanne's over-stuffed suitcases into Gustavo's tiny Toyota , we proceed to a restaurant where we enjoy a special Peruvian dish, pollo a la brasa. By now, I'm totally stuffed, and in spite of the comfortable journey from Miami to Lima , in dire need of sleep. I am dropped off at my hotel, and Gustavo promises to come around tomorrow to give me a city tour.
The hotel (Hostal Colonial) is basic, clean and extremely well located on the quiet side of town just one block from the Plaza de Armas.
Where I stayed