Jan 22, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Where I stayed
Hostal Santa Catalina
The market here is probably the most interesting thing I found. It is huge, taking up several blocks and I did get a bit lost after a while. One corner of the market is called 'Mercadillo de brujas', the little witches market. I couldn't figure out what half of the things they were selling were and maybe that is a good thing. There were lot of herbs and plants and bits of wood and bone. Lots of things in jars that one could only guess at really. It is the hub of faith healers, shamans and herbalists. Really interesting, but definitely wasn't tempted to try any of it out!
Another relatively short desert trip saw me in Chiclayo. The road was completely straight and there was nothing save the odd election sign in between. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of difference between Piura and Chiclayo, maybe Chiclayo wins on the noise pollution scale. There is never a moments silence in the town centre. The taxis (and everybody else) drive with their horns. I saw one man today who was standing outside, leaning on his car. Every now and then, he would reach into his car and beep the horn a bit. Why?? It isn't just horns, some of the small buses and taxis are fitted with siren! This city centre has about half a million people but less than 10 sets of traffic lights!! Policemen control some of the intersections, but as for the rest... it is a bit of a free for all. I have learnt how to cross the road properly though, wait for the slightest gap and walk really fast!