Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 52 - Huarmey - Chiclayo

Distance travelled (by bike): 6775

Driving primarily through the desert is dull! Heading up to Trujillo to see the ruins at Chan Chan, what i didn't realise until i arrived is how vast the ruins are. Can Chan was the capital of the Chimu Kingdom (600AD-1470, when the Incas conquered them) and covered 28km2. Presently the archaeologists are excavating 14km2 discovering over 10 palaces. The only one currently open to the public is the smallest. The ruins were not discovered until 1911, the majority not unearthed until the 80's.  The same ticket admitted me to 3 other sites, If your ever passing these ruins are worth the visit. 
The areas slightly further north is the start of the Peruvian surf territory, its claimed that this area has the longest waves in the world. Heading up the highway i stopped at a cafe for very late lunch, which turned out to specialise in seafood, another bonus. Heading further north i had a small altercation with a bus, arriving at Chiclayo, hot and and aching i collapsed.

chan chan




one of the corridors 

one of the springs 

the main course from the set menu!!!

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