Hello now from Peru…
Would like to begin with a thank you to everyone for following allong with us now for over a month! It has been wonderful to receive all of your messages, it is refreshing to be able to have words from a familiar place…you all have made us chuckle out loud in a "cibercafe" on numerous occasions.
As I mentioned we are now in Peru, Trujillo to be exact. We've been here for a few days now and are staying at a little beach town outside of the city called Huanchaco. It is probably what Laguna Beach was about 70 years ago. It is a great place to recharge from a somewhat challenging bus ride into Piura, Peru last week. We are here visiting some ruins and getting a little "beach brained"…I might even go surfing tomorrow. I can see why all the Cali boys come down here as the surf is big and the ocean is empty.
After we spend a couple of more days here we plan to keep heading south, and upwards in elevation to the town of Huaraz. Up high in the cordillera Blanca we plan to do some more trekking before heading to Lima for a flight on the first of the year. We will be heading to Cusco to see Machu Picchu amongst the other surrounding areas.
Our latest pictures are mainly from Sipan (around Chiclayo) and Chan Chan (around Trujillo/Huanchaco). El Senor De Sipan was from the Mochica culture around the time period 200-700 A.D. if I can remember correctly and the ruins of Chan Chan were from around 1100 A.D. of the Chimu culture which eventually were taken over by the Inca and the complex was abondoned. Some of these ruins are amongst the most significant discoveries in recent history (1980's) here in northern Peru. The Museo de las Tumbes in Chiclayo was amazing as it held all the original artifacts that came out of the tomb of El Senor De Sipan…which held things like extravagantly made metalurgy cast in silver and gold as well as intricately made pottery and bead work. The artifacts held things like Turquoise and Emerald which indicated the obvious trading with tribes in Columbia and maybe even as far as central America.
Until next time, it's great to have you travelling with us again, keep your wonderful messages coming, and welcome to Peru!