My first sight of Peru (photo 1) and it wasn't what you expect. Along the whole West Coast its just desert. Thought I would hit the beach so near Trujillo is Huanchaco. It wasn't great though, one cool thing was the local fishing boats (photo 2) seeing them stand on those and ride the waves was impressive. Peru is full of archaeological sights and the first I saw was the 3000 year old clay city of Chan Chan (photo 3).
From Trujillo it was off to Huaraz and a week off hardcore hiking. (Photo 4) shows Huaraz with the Cordillera Blanca in the background. (Photos 5-10) show some off the beautiful scenery. Camping was fun but hard at high altitude conditions were harsh (fully clothed at night even in a -10 strength sleeping bag). But it was worth it for backdrops like this (photo 5). Over 50 peaks at 5000+ the Cordillera Blanca offered stunning scenery at every turn (photo 9). I was equipped with altitude sickness pills, learning from my Cotopaxi nightmare, and had no problems this time climbing and passing the 4800m high point on the trekking (photo 8).
Next was Lima, and despite the awful things I had heard from others, I enjoyed a few days there. Ok its not the prettiest place (photo 11) but after weeks on the road and a harsh week of camping in Huaraz, I enjoyed been back in a city. I didn't take many photos in Lima firstly because there's not a lot to see, and secondly you get enough bother and attention without flashing a camera around as well. Still I like the one with the traffic light sellers (photo 13). Who is going to buy a globe and whats the inflatable dolphin all about? There's was loads of similar scenes all around town, people selling the most bizarre items. The strangest I got offered was a microphone?! and the guy seemed surprised I wasn't interested.
So a short quick update this time, but a real contrast in locations from the beautiful stunning Cordillera Blanca, to the grimmest city of Lima.