Wednesday....Chiclayo..Archeological site of the Lord of Sipan
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I have heard from the school in Cuenca and finally the arrangements for Cuenca are back on track.
I ring Gloria re the arrangements for tomorrow and then send her an email with the details as requested. I am very displeased that she has made such ludicrous arrangements for me; 12 hours on local buses in one day is ridiculous, finishing at 3:30 am the next day! She knew how tired I was after the day trip to Nasca.
I talk to the receptionist re going to the archaeological site of Sipan but am told that it is too dangerous today because of the strike. On further discussion and enquiries I decide to go, it’s not as dangerous as suggested.
I’m quoted NS70, AUD26 and off we go. I like the driver and he speaks slowly for me and I can understand him. When we reach the site I pay NS8, AUD3 for the entrance fee and then NS20, AUD7.50 for a guide, in Spanish of course, but he will speak slowly. The guide is very good and I understand pretty well everything that he says. It’s particularly interesting because I went to the Museum yesterday and so I know what they found. Apart from the other sites, he shows me the sites that they found last year, complete with skeletons. Also a skeleton and clothes/regalia found last year and other relics found recently. I just cannot imagine being shown these sorts of things in Oz (well I guess they don’t exist?) or in Europe. Yesterday in the museum I saw the original skeletons and adornments for the Lord of Sipan and other principal skeletons.
Afterwards we drive back to Chiclayo, through the sugarcane fields. The pollution is bad, smoke from the fields is everywhere, like yesterday. The workers still cut the cane by hand in Peru; there is no machinery. I get the driver to drop me off at a local shopping mall. I buy a top for NS10, AUD3.67, then catch a taxi back to the hotel. I have something to eat in the restaurant.
Today's trivia. I've seen a lot of sugarcane driving north from Lima. There are also rice fields and apparently now they have started growing asparagus, but I haven't seen any. To the south I saw lots of potatoes and cotton and many chicken sheds. Apart from the eggs, chicken is very popular in Bolivia and Peru; it's much cheaper that red meat.
The weather up until Lima was very dry, but once in Lima and as I go north, it is warmer and more humid. For a long time I had no bad hair days, but now every day is a bad hair day.