Thursday, January 27, 2011

Heading North Along the Coast

After spending the night in Casma, we rode a short distance to Huanchaco. Even though the distances are not much, 200 km or so, it takes three to four hours. There are a lot of small towns with lots of speed bumps, as well as lots of trucks and buses to get past.

We found a nice place with a couple of pools and a kitchette. We had our lunch and later that afternoon we headed to Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world, or what's left of it. It was the Chimu capital, but El Nino floods and heavy rains have severely eroded the largest pre Columbian city in the Americas. It was a nice time to visit as the sun was setting and it wasn't too hot, about 25C.
Chan Chan

We made ourselves some dinner and headed to bed. The sun sets early, about 6:30 pm, but it feels like 10 pm, mostly since the sunrise starts at 5:30 am.

Huanchaco Beach
The next morning we left Huanchaco. We went past the beach where they were setting up for a surfing contest. Huanchaco is known for its long and well formed waves with a pipeline. The sea cloud kept the morning cool for at least an hour.

After an uneventful 200 km, we arrived in Chiclayo. The rest of the afternoon was spent doing much needed handwashing and a few things on the bike, then out for pizza.. and beer!

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