Chiclayo Travel Blog› entry 32 of 71 › view all entries
We had an overnight bus from Loja (near Vilcabamba) to Puira in Peru. Our tickets were only to Macara which is a town just before the border. We were searched by the police at about 2am which was pretty annoying. We were mostly sleeping. They took all our details down for god knows what reason and we headed on again. On reaching Macara it was lucky we could go staright through because as we approached Macara it was dead (although it was about 3.30am) and pretty unattractive to say the least. Reaching the border was easy as. We hopped off the bus, got our exit stamps, walked over the bridge and got our entry stamps and filled out out tourist cards. Then a policeman ushed us over to them across the road where we gave our details to them (again, have no idea why). One of them was really friendly, reminded me of one of those big softies, he was near-giant size and looked more army though.
We got into Chiclayo which is a pretty unattractive town (no matter what the guidebook says, or fails to mention). It´s dusty and nothing worth mentioning apart for a nice plaza. We tried to find a tour for the next day to Sipan and Tucume, but they wanted too much as all that was included was a guide and transport and you still had to pay for entry fees. What idiots fall for this... it is dead easy to get transport out there and you can hire guides at site. Sadly though, we found out the next day that the sites were actually closed (again, no idea why) for that day and possibly the next day. I was pretty upset, I really wanted to see it but we were both so sick of the town itself (and lack of nothing at all to do) that we decided to move on to Trujillo which is another 3.5 hours away.
Needless to say, we did nothing in Chiclayo in the end. Nevermind, is on our list for when we come back to Peru one day!