Peru South America

Lambayeque, Chiclayo and Trujillo

My coach was supposed to leave Mancora at 1.00am but I left it at about 2.30am…The bus was enormous, in a horrible state and I was closely observed by the locals. And I was exhausted, woke up later in the night when our bus broke down in the middle of nowhere- in the desert of Piura… I don´t remember how long it took to mend it but I arrived in Lambayeque at 10.00am on Saturday…

My guidebook said Lambayeque was a little, charming town…and I’m not sure whether the person who wrote it ever had a walk in the city center. It is very dirty, noisy, extremely dusty as there is no asphalted road and the only interesting thing you may find here is the famous, modern Museo Tumbas Reales Sipan which seems to be a contrast to the poor city. I was really keen on visiting it as I’ve already mentioned in my last postSome archaeologists consider this to be one of the most important archaeological discoveries in South America in the last 30 years, as the tomb of Senor de Sipan was found intact and untouched by thieves. I confirm that it’s a must see of the Northern Peru. I found there so many similar pieces to those that we have in my favourite Museo Larco in Lima.

In the museum I met Laura, a young Peruvian girl from Lima visiting the town alone and we had lunch in a restaurant recommended by her friends that I do recommend as well – El Pacifico. Oh My Good, it was all delicious and so copious.
We travelled together to Chiclayo, a big, hot city, nothing special really, it was just a stop before going to Trujillo.
In the afternoon I took a bus to Trujillo which was a 4-hour journey.
Trujillo was a surprise to me. It’s a beautiful town with all these colonial houses and haciendas everywhere. In Trujillo, I met with Stephan, my German flatmate. We were supposed to visit El Bosque de Cañoncillo together on the next day but the only problem is that there was not any public transport to get there and taking a taxi would be very expensive. Stephan spent 3 days in Trujillo, was slightly fed up as had already visited the length and breadth of it and decided to go back to Lima in the evening. We had dinner in a European- like Sham&bar and I took a taxi to the hotel (that I do recommend as well- El Mochilero). And I won’t forget that taxista, a nice old man who called me “Justi”, we got on well together!
On the next day I woke up very early to have a stroll in Trujillo…
Hotel Colonial is a must see or a “must stay” in Trujillo
To sum up, I spent 3 nights on a bus. The next plan was to visit Chan Chan, the largest Pre-Columbian city in South America, near Trujillo…

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