Our first destination in Peru was Chiclayo. We caught an overnight bus and arrived early in the morning. Our first impression when we woke up on the bus was nothing short of “Where are we?” When we looked outside, this is all we saw:
When we arrived in Chiclayo, we grabbed breakfast and headed out to our first destination there: HuacaRajada, for The tomb of Sipan. This tomb, since turned into a museum, is probably the only even remotely tourist location in the area. It literally sits in the middle of nowhere, around the corner of a dirt road. It was really nice inside, at least. It turns out that the discovery of Sipan’s tomb was considered to be the “King Tut of the Americas”, due to the amount of gold and treasure found with him.
After the museum, we wanted to head next to Zana, a small town with some (supposedly) interesting ruins. When we left the museum, there weren’t any busses, or taxi’s, or really people for that matter…so we just started walking down the dirt road. We eventually found a small soda shop, where some really nice store owners called a mototaxi for us, to help get us to the ruins.
We made it to the ruins, grabbed some good photos, and decided we should head back to rest.
Unfortunately, it was a bit difficult to find a bus back to Chiclayo, the main city. Thankfully, a bus full of guys (maybe a sports team or a church group?) spotted us, and gave us a ride back to the city. We were starting to see how kind the people of Peru are!
The next day we caught a bus to our next destination: Trujillo. There we grabbed a hotel, did some scouting of the city, hung out at McDonalds (for free wi-fi, of course), and toured the Chan Chan Ruins.
Chan Chan are ruins of an Adobe city built by the Chimor. The city was believed to be built in 850 AD, and survived until the Inca Empire took conquered it sometime in the 1400s. Supposedly, the city was home to about 30,000 people. We took a quick tour of the site, viewing the homes, courtyards, pools and sacrificial grounds. One of the kings even made an appearance!
Before moving on to Lima, two more things took place in Trujillo. First, we had to send Nate to the clinic, for what we thought was asthma related breathing issues. He got some treatment and medication, nothing too spectacular. Second, we met the first two Peruvians that weren’t exactly nice to us: In fact, they conn’ed both of us and switched our money with counterfeit bills! Thankfully, we only lost about $50 each.
With those things behind us, we took another overnight bus to Lima.
When we arrived, however, Nate was feeling worse. A lot worse. He could hardly walk without becoming exhausted.
We decided it was time to take him to the hospital. We went to Clinica Ricardo Palma, where they took excellent care of him. It turns out he had Bronchial Pneumonia, and the doctors recommended he stay in the hospital for a few nights to recover.
So we ended up altering our plan a little, and resting in Lima for the rest of the week to recover our health. In that time, we checked out some of the scenic side of Lima, the shops downtown, and a beautiful fountain park they operate on the weekends.
After Lima, we grabbed yet another night bus, this time to Pucallpa, our target destination in Peru. 21 hours later, we arrived.
Unfortunately, our health problems weren’t quite behind us yet. After arriving in Lima, Micah’s health began to plummet quickly.
We ended up having to send him to the hospital in Pucallpa, where he got diagnosed with Anaphylaxis, a type of severe allergic reaction. Although the hospital in Pucallpa (more like a jungle-clinic) was not nearly the same standard as the one in Lima, they were able to stabilize his breathing and heart rate, and prescribed him some medication to reduce the reaction.
Thankfully, our friends in Pucallpa arrived in time to help us translate what the doctor was saying to us (In Lima, they have english speaking doctors. In Pucallpa, they are few and far in between). They’re both missionaries with SAM, an organization we planned to work with while spending time down there.
After both of those health experiences, we decided to spend another few days resting to help regain our health. After resting, we were ready to move out into the villages and outskirts of Pucallpa.
We would be doing some media related projects for the next week or two here in Pucallpa for some of the many organizations in the area.
– Micah & Nate