Friday, 30 August 2013

29/08/13 Stage 16 Pacasmayo-Huanchaco

29/08/13 Stage 16 Pacasmayo-Huanchaco

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rubbish doesn't decompose quickly in the desert!
Another relatively easy day (110 km) on more or less flat terrain. Once we had left town we were quickly back cycling through desert which was interspersed with sugar cane plantations. Not sure where the water comes from? Our guide book seems to suggest that water gets brought in from the Amazon Basin. If there is water it doesn't appear to be scarce and people use it freely. The problem is that it only seems to be available in the towns. Some of the dwellings along the road look very miserable places to live in with no running water or electricity. Just adobe or cane walls with corrugated iron sheets for a roof. Sometimes the road sides are real dumps. It seems to be a kind of no-man’s land and not cared for at all. In contrast most towns are kept really well with lovely squares and parks. The rubbish is collected and the streets are clean. There seem to be just as many mobile phone shops as in the UK as well and little corner shops with the same things for sale. The fluorescent yellow Inca Cola made from lemon grass is a firm favourite. Apparently it is more popular than Coca cola so it has been bought out by Coca Cola!

View from our balcony.

Beer with a view!

Heaven in the shape of ceviche
 We found a lovely hostal with sea views and made the most of it with yet another ceviche and a large beer. For the first time in the trip the waiter spoke English! We realised that there a quite a tourists about probably here for the surf. It all feels very relaxed and like a holiday resort so tomorrow is another rest day.