Still on the move in Peru. Left Tumbes, the shit-hole that wasn’t, for Piura this morning at 11:30 a.m. and arrived just shy of 5-hours later. There was a time that a 5-hour trip by bus would have seemed onerous, now anything under 8 to 9-hours is great. The next leg to Lima will be the ultimate test, approximately 20-hours. But like I mentioned in the previous post these long haul cruisers are international airplanes on wheels.
Sleeper-sofa seats should make the trip bearable. Also included: 2-bathrooms per level (upper & lower level), onboard hostesses serving three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), free onboard movies, air-conditioning, individual reading lamps and much more. Our 20-hour transit from Piura to Lima, all inclusive, is $77 USD pp. Beats the hell out of most airlines, with the exception of actual travel time. We will leave at 6:00 p.m. so most of our travel will be overnight, and then arrive in Lima at 1:00 p.m. the next afternoon.
We arrived in Piura at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon and checked into our local hotel. A little over budget at $15 USD, but the rooms are very nice and there is plenty of piping hot water, breakfast is included. The Wi-fi seems to be better than what we’ve experienced in other places, and all-in-all we’re happy campers. Had a quick dinner at 6:30 p.m. (a little late for us), and downed a few beers to relax after a day of travel. A large Cristal beer (equals two regular beers) runs $2.00 USD (or $6 Peruvian Nuevo Soles; 3 soles = $1 USD).
I had Chicharrones mixto (deep fried mixed seafood: shrimp, fish, lobster and assorted shellfish). Joel opted for the Pollo de Plancha (grilled chicken). Food is a bit pricier down here in Peru so far, a typical dinner entre typically runs about $8 USD. In Quito, Ecuador we could get by with about $4 – $5 USD for dinner. We’re still waiting to try the fried guinea pigs, a specialty of Peru.
Tomorrow morning after breakfast we’ll try to book our bus trip to Lima. I’m not terribly fond of big cities, but everything seems to pass through Lima. At a minimum we would like to visit Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Huaraz. I wouldn’t mind getting back into the Amazon again too. After we finalize our bus trip, we’ll probably start exploring Piura. So much to do and so little time. My little joke.
Stephen F. Dennstedt
Photographer, Writer and World Traveler