02.11.2012 - 03.11.2012 21 °C
Arrived at Huanachaco, once the capital of the ancient Peruvian Moche civilisation, checked into our campsite out the back of a hotel type place which was surrounded by high glassed bottled topped walls, video surveillance and a security guard 15 yr old kid acting as doorman. Had a nice dinner though at the restaurant in the hotel, I think Peruvian dining will be a whole lot better than Ecuador.
The following day we made a day trip to visit Trujillo and the pre-columbian complex of Chan Chan, a mud brick city constructed by the emperor of the Chimu people, as well as visiting the Moche pyramids the Huaca del Sol(which was closed so we just drove past the outside) and Huaca de la Luna, where our local guide showed us around. Saw more pots but still haven't managed to pick up a replica one, their gift shops here are a bit sparse. I have my new favourite character now from the Moche people, he is called the Decapitator, so now trying to find him in a gift shop but not having much luck there either. We also had a midget dude follow us around the ruins trying to get money from people for photos which was kinda weird, he was with us for the full 2-3 hrs.
Headed of to lunch to the local guides' "friends" restaurant for some authentic Peruvian food, but when we got there the place was a tourist trap with a restaurant full of gringos watching some people dance on a stage, so we left and headed next door to a local place 3 times cheaper for lunch with authentic crap to eat. The guide wasn't to happy that no one ate here since he was sure to be loosing out on some commission.
After a crap authentic lunch we dropped into a shopping centre, the first I have seen since arriving in South America, to stock up on supplies for the truck, and was welcomed by another first siting....of McDonalds. Unfortunately didn't have time to stop and eat anything and I was wishing we could have just come here fo lunch. Also got to see the Peruvian version of Bunnings here as well not that I needed anything.
So back to camp to cook dinner and chill for the rest of the night.
Tomorrow its off to Huaraz.