18.12.16 Pacasmayo, Peru
After leaving Piura yesterday, we headed out along the Pan American Highway down to a little port town called Pacasmayo.
The road was long and straight and took us through desert landscape, with some winds gusting, and blowing sand across the road. The journey was quiet and enjoyable until we reached the busy town of Chiclayo where our planned route had us riding through the busy city centre. No matter, we had a look at some shops, and the tiny yellow ‘beeping’ taxis on the way past. One taxi driver asked Paul the size of our engine, and was delighted to tell him that his taxi had the same, 800 cc!
Out the other side of Chiclayo, the road remained busy, with some very ‘assertive’ multilane driving, despite there being actually only two lanes, with those little Tuktuk’s getting in everywhere particularly when a loaded truck with cane hanging down over the windscreens and all over, came chuntering along. All in an interesting day’s ride.
It’s a bit disappointing, especially after Ecuador to see so much rubbish lining the roads, just sitting on top of the sand. In the larger towns and cities, this does not seem to happen, but they obviously have no infrastructure in the village or roadside places to deal with this, so it’s difficult to control.
We passed a lot of mango factories, where the workers were just being dropped off in coaches, and lining up for their day’s picking.
Pacasmayo when we arrived is a nice little port town. It has an especially good ‘Malecon’ for the nightly promenade along the seafront. It’s great to be back by the sea again, this time the Pacific Ocean, not the Carribean like last time in Panama.
Pacasmayo has a large pebble beach, a pier, and apparently really good surf. Paul was told by a local that they get the highest waves in the world, and 40 km south from the town are the longest waves.
We have experienced mainly desert lands since entering Peru, but interestingly, we have been reading that the country has many climates and microclimates, apparently experiencing 30 of the world’s 32 climates all in one country. This is mainly due to the Andes mountains and the wind currents.
We could experience here warm desert, cool desert, sub tropical, humid tropical, savannah desert or monsoon weather, but for now at least we seem to have left the rains behind us.
We intend to carry on down the Pan American Highway following the coast, as we have a service booked for the bike in Lima, Peru’s capital on Wednesday.