28.02.2013 - 12.03.2013
28.02.2013 - 12.03.2013 33 °C
For the third time in one year I land in Lima airport. I’m back here for Felien and Omar’s wedding, to visit North-Perú and to continue to Ecuador. This is how my last month of traveling will look like, before I head back to the Peruvian jungle for my three month volunteering project.
Miraflores, the area in Lima where I’ll be staying again this time, is starting to become a familiar. I know (some of) the streets, the restaurants and the shops. WhenI’m installed in the hostel and I open my laptop, I find out my sister got a new baby boy! I’m super proud to be uncle for the third time of a healthy boy named Jef.
The second of March is the big day for Felien and Omar, as they celebrate their wedding. It’s a beautiful afternoon and evening at the beach, with a very intimate and personal ceremony in the sand and a Peruvian-Belgian party afterwards. It’s nice to meet some Belgian friends and family of Felien and the same goes for Omar’s Peruvian side. That same night, I go out in Lima, the city that has never let me down, at least party-wise. So I’m even more exhausted when I leave Lima.
A first stop is Trujillo. The most interesting things are not found in the town itself, but around. Here, Moche and Chimú people lived long before Inca’s ruled this region and both civilizations have left their traces in the form of immense adobe piramids. I spend one day exploring the temples and graves they have here. The other day is for relaxing only: late breakfast, resting in the hammocks of the hostel, wandering around the time to grab a coffee and a quiet evening with cuba libre drinking games, once again in the hammocks.
Afterwards I continue North to Chiclayo. This town contains more of Moche and Chimú ruins in the neighborhood of the city. It is different from Trujillo however: I visit some nice museums and from a mountaintop I get a sweet overview of what once was an immense complex of temples.
The last stop in Perú is Máncora. I was promised a beautiful beach and great party. I have to say it’s not much like all the people told me. Máncora consists of one street, which is the Pan-American highway. It’s filled with bars, restaurants, hostels and tourist shops only and the beach is not beautiful at all. Sure, this is the place to be if you are looking to party with other tourists or 18-year old locals, alcohol, drugs, sex or any combination of the above. I must admit however, I have a great time there… But 2 days there is more than enough…
Then it is time to travel to Ecuador, my last country before spending 3 more months in Perú. A short bus trip takes me to Piura, where I take a direct night bus to Loja, where I will meet my cousin to travel through Ecuador…