Peter and Caroline's Most Excellent Adventure!!!
Our tour guide decided that Trejillo was actually a bit too dodgy for us to stay in so decided we should go a little outside town to the beach at Huanchaco. Good call!! The hostal was lovely and our room had sea views, how very cosmopolitan of us!! The transport however was less so with 21 passengers packed into the back of some local's van! Safe? er no!! Fun? well, funny! There is loads of history in Peru, you fall over it wherever you go. The two main attractions near our hotel were the temples of the sun and moon and the city of Chan Chan all architectural products of the indigenous Mocha people (no not as in coffee). Basically they produced the world's most prolific sand castle builders. They worshipped at the two temples, yet at the city of Chan Chan they worshipped four things- the rain, the sea, the moon and the land. The sun they took for granted and was not included amoungst them. Funny that what with them living in the desert and all!! All of the sights were built between the 12th and 14th centuary and all of them were, in some way, taken over by the Incas from the Mocha people. They had some quite barbaric elements to their way of life including male human sacrifices at the temples (70 bodies were excavated at the temple of the moon) and burying Governor's spouses, servants and concubines alive in concrete tombs. They also had and still have the ugliest pet dogs that are bald with body tempretures in the 40's. The beach was filled with touristy things to do and buy like strange indeginous drinks and sweets to go with your reed boat and or horse ride. We all go a little sunburnt in some way or other, the desert is not a very forgiving place to be. Well we are leaving the suburbs for a while now as we head for the capital of Peru - Lima.....