Chan Chan and our adventure in the Peruvian hospital

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At the temple of the dragon in Trujillo

Troubles again! In the morning Aart noticed that the parasite he had gotten in Puno was probably still there. Since La Paz he had been taking medication for it, but every time the medication ended, he felt a bit of fever. As long as he was taking pills, nothing happened, but as soon as he stopped, it troubled him again. The troubles had been with him since La Paz and followed us through Arica and Arequipa. Naturally, Aart was troubled himself and he thought it might be best to see a doctor again. We asked at the reception in our hotel for a doctor that could speak English, but the girl didn’t know any.


Yet the next day, a few people greeted us inside the hotel after breakfast. One was the owner of the hotel.

The walls of Chan Chan
He had brought his wife and explained that she had studied biopharmacy and that her son was a doctor and hence the owner had contacts in the local hospital. He brought us in his car to the hospital and pulled us through all the waiting lines and pushed his weight around to get a doctor for us. We got in contact with a very old surgeon named Dr. Kaiser Z, who shuffled slowly through the corridor and was apparently the only one who could speak a bit of English. He was a cracky old man and yelled a few weird jokes but helped us get a few medical examinations. When the results came in, Aart noticed that they hadn’t even looked for parasites so he didn’t trust the declaration that he was perfectly healthy, so basically the hole thing didn’t help us a bit. Still, it was a little adventure of sorts, to visit a Peruvian hospital and be a patient and meet a crazy old Peruvian surgeon, hehehe.


Chan Chan


That afternoon we still had time to visit Trujillo’s greatest sight. The enormous adobe city of Chan Chan. First we visited a smaller temple inside Trujullo, which was named the temple of the Dragon or something like it.

Residences of Chan Chan
There wasn’t much to it, but it was our first introduction to Chan Chan, because, note, the temple was once part of the adobe city, even though it would be another half an hour by car to the ruins of the city’s citadel. Can you imagine the size? Chan Chan was the biggest pre-columbian city of the Americas and covered more than 20 square kilometers. The Chimu (the people that built and inhabited the city) were very similar to the Moche people who built the nearby pyramids of the moon and the sun, but the artwork of the Chimu was not as highly developed as that of the Moche.


Too bad adobe is such a soft material. The city has almost completely disappeared because of erosion and El Nino effects. Chan Chan once had a massive citadel where the emperor lived, and so far only one out of ten parts of the citadel (the Tschudi Complex) has been restored by archaeologists and is an Unesco World Heritage sight. Still, it is mindbogglingly huge. Sandy walls up to 15 meters high surround this part of the citadel and inside there are numerous courtyards, residences, temples, a huge water reservoir and imperial burial chambers.


The walls are restored and are not of the original material and still it requires some imagination to see what Chan Chan really was.

Canoes
But it is impressive because of its size. Just driving to the citadel from Trujillo you travel through a seemingly endless landscape of eroded sand castles. It is very unreal and hard to get your mind around Chan Chan.


The tour ended with a short trip to a nearby beach town where tourists come to surf. The town had adopted the old straw canoe as its symbol and canoes were visible everywhere. Aart was in a particular energetic mood and stalked the edge of the ocean to touch the water, till the ocean bit back and splashed his pants to cure him of his frivolities.

geokid says:
It is always better to be safe that sorry:)
Posted on: Nov 06, 2009
Jeroenadmiraal says:
If im correct the fever turned out to be an after effect of the medication and in Holland he completely recovered. We just didn't want to take any chances while in Peru, so it seemed better to continue the medication and enjoy the trip.
Posted on: Nov 06, 2009
geokid says:
Thank you for posting this! Great blog!!! How did Aarts health turn out?
Posted on: Nov 05, 2009
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The walls of Chan Chan
The walls of Chan Chan
The walls of Chan Chan
The walls of Chan Chan
The walls of Chan Chan
The walls of Chan Chan
The walls of Chan Chan
A seat?
A seat?
Chan Chan
Chan Chan
The walls of Chan Chan
The walls of Chan Chan
Animals everywhere
Animals everywhere
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
Residences of Chan Chan
One of the inner courtyards
One of the inner courtyards
Walls of Chan Chan
Walls of Chan Chan
Water basin
Water basin
Wall
Wall
At Huanchaco
At Huanchaco
At Huancacho
At Huancacho
At Huancacho
At Huancacho
Huancacho
Huancacho
End of the continent
End of the continent
Thats what happens when you taunt …
Thats what happens when you taunt…
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