Punta Sal was nice. Lots of sun, walks on the beach and whale watching every afternoon. We left early after our third night there to drive to Huanchaco, another beach town, where we stayed the night then had a morning visit to the Chan Chan ruins. The ruins are still being excavated and restored, there was scaffolding and tarpaulins all over the place but it was interesting to learn about the people who used to live there. Apparently Chan Chan is a newer name meaning something to do with the sun but the people who built the city were moon worshippers. There is a lot of symbology in the carvings to do with tides and phases of the moon.
After the tour we stopped in at a mall in Trujillo for a bit of shopping, then drove on to camp on another beach for a night before an eight hour drive into Lima. We left the truck at a lock up and got a scary taxi ride to the hostel. We stay here three nights in the centre of town and have free time to see what ever we want. Problem is elections are on this weekend so a lot is closed, and there's an alcohol ban, although restaurants still seem to sell it to tourists. Coming into the city it looked really dirty and ugly but here in the centre there are some nice squares with pretty buildings. Again I can't wait to get out of the city. We have some cool activities coming up like an overnight desert trip and a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands. We are also meant to be doing a flight over the Nazca Lines in a few days but a plane has just crashed there killing some British tourists and apparently it has happened earlier in the year as well, so that might get cancelled. It will be disappointing if it does as the only really good way to see the Nazca Lines is from the air. Will have to just see what happens. What will be will be.