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15 avril 2010

Chiclayo - Chachapoyas

Long time no write!

After a relaxed weekend at the beach in Huanchaco, we moved on to Chiclayo. In Lambayeque, a 10-minute drive from Chiclayo, are Peru's 2 most impressive museums. The museum of Sipan is incredibly rich due to the fact that archeologists found the tomb of an important Sipan , that was completely intact and had not been robbed. The museum is full of fine jewelry and ceramics. It took us a good 3 hours to see everything.

Nothing much more to say about Chiclayo, not a particularly interesting town, though definitly not univinting.
After Chiclayo we moved on to Chachapoyas. Around Chachapoyas are about a million things to visit, there are tombs and ruins and waterfalls everywhere in the area. The only trouble is that each site in itself is quite small and all are quite distanced one from the other. Which means a lot of driving for little sight-seeing. The biggest site we went to is Kuelap, a military site. The site is still being cleaned, so most of it is still covered in vegetation, which makes the visit all the more impressive. You really get the impression that you're the first person discovering the site. We also went to see the Sarcophagus of Karajia, strange sarcophagus that are lodged in the crack of a mountain, in the middle of nowhere. We wanted to see the world's 3rd biggest waterfall, but unfortunately it was not our lucky day, it rained all day and despite our efforts to trek up the mountain, the rain didn't stop and the fog stayed thick. So we went home without a glimpse of the waterfall.

Posté par wendorej à 20:18 - Peru - Permalien [#] Partager