Chan Chan and our adventure in the Peruvian hospital
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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.
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.
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
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.