Elvis is alive and well and living in Peru. Zorritos - Trujillo
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From the moment we got to Peruvian border I fell in love with the place. The frenetic energy, colours, buzzing market, rickshaws, local sellers and buyers all hustled together in a crowded square reminded me of India and Asia. This is how I expected South America to be! Peru shares a bridge with Ecuador and as you pass half way across the colours on the bridge change to red and white and then you are officially in Peru. So I now have my 2nd South American stamp in my passport. Woopla!
We met our guide at the border, Mum - good news, Elvis is alive and well living in Peru. He´s great, really knowledgeable and loves his country and in the short bus ride he really bought the country to life. Our first night we spent at the beach town of Zorritos.
Next stop was the dessert town of Chiclayo, which is home to a fascinating museum that has artefacts found in one tomb in 1987 belonging to the Lord of Sipan from the Mochica time.
Next stop was Trujillo, home to the Chan Chan ruins of te Chimu people and more recently where they discovered the Lunar and Sun temples from the Mochica times. The Lunar temple is beng excavated as they have private sponsors (the beer company and the Frenc government!) and the place is fascinating as it has 5 layers from 5 dynasties of the people. When each dynasty was completed they filled in the temple level and built a new temple on top.
Chan Chan was less in tact as they simply abandonned palaces and temples when they had finished with them. These people were around the time of the Incas and were descendants of the Mochica people.
Love how I´ve come here for Machu Pichu and the Nasca lines but have discovered so much more, the country is so rich in culture, cuisine and customs and i´m only scratching the surface. Next stop Lima!