Friday, December 02, 2011
Day 12 – Salaverry (port) and Trujillo (city), Peru
The Rotterdam creeps into port this morning sounding the ship’s horn as she goes through the thick fog that envelops the area. The Cruise Director tells us later that we almost had to miss the port due to the fog. My friends explore the city of Trujillo, taking a shuttle bus from the port in Salaverry to the city centre in Trujillo. They report that the central square is charming, but the abject poverty in the rest of the city is shocking.
I take a shore excursion to the Huaca Dragon (Temple), the Chan Chan complex, and to see the fishermen with their reed boats at Huanchaco, a popular beach resort area. Huaca Dragon is a small temple, but has a ramp up to the top of the single temple and has some fascinating rainbow decorations on the walls. Chan Chan is an immense adobe city. We visit the three plaza and former living areas used by the Chimor people before they were conquered by the Aztecs, who destroyed much of this complex. The reed boats at Huanchaco are an interesting diversion, and a couple of our tour members have a ride on them or try to paddle them in the ocean. As we travel around to these various sites, I also take note of the disturbing poverty in this region, other than at the resort town of Huanchaco, which is rather posh in comparison.