Peru 2006 - Lima, Trujillo, Cajamarca, Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Piura, Loja, Cuenca, Guaquil, Tumbes

I visited Northern Peru with its famous archeological sites and the Peruvian Amazon basin already in 2002. This time I wanted to explore the surroundings of Trujillo with the beautiful beach town of Huanchaco and the mud-city of Chan Chan. Returning to the northern highlands of Peru Cajamarca with the Inca baths and Celendin were the first stops. About 12 hours by bus, unpaved road, highest elevation about 3500 m, lowest elevation about 1000 m takes you to Leymebamba the starting point for the excursion to Kuelap also called the Macchu Pichu of the North. Here one can study Chachapoyas culture at many sites.

After returning to the coast and Chiclayo I visited the spectacular Museo Nacional Sicán in Ferreñafe and the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan. On my way up to Ecuador I passed through Piura and after a short stay in Loja, Ecuador and Vilcabamba (where very old people live) I arrived in the colonial town of Cuenca.

Ecuador is another of my favorite countries in South America with majestic mountains and even active volcanos. From Cuenca I travelled through the Cajas National Park to Guayaquil at the Pacific Ocean and returned to Tumbes, Peru. In the fall of 2007 I will return to Quito and explore various locations before returning to Bogota by bus.

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Trujillo, Chan-Chan, Cajamarca, Celendin
Celendin - Chachapoyas
Kuelap, Chiclayo, Piura, Loja, Vilcabamba, Cuenca
Guayaquil, Tumbes

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