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PERU pt1, 'BG' (before Ging Gang - Steve's mum)

Bienvenidos a Lima y Peru norte!!!! 24/05/09-07/06/09

semi-overcast 23 °C

OK, so we hung around in Panama for about a wk longer than expected whilst Steve was recovering, cheeseburger after cheeseburger. Time to get outa there we booked ourselves a ridiculously overpriced one way ticket to Lima to make up time. This unfortunately resulted in us missing out on Columbia and Ecuador.
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After a brief 3hr flight we land safely on the tarmac in Lima and immediately head for the Ormeno terminal to get a bus north. Next day we arrive in Trujillo and stay at Casa de Clara. After a few days of stretching out Steve was ready to hit the water. YIIPPAAHHH Jess says, he’s been a painfull creature since the injury. A short collectivo ride took us an hr north and we arrive at Pacasmayo, a small fishing village well known to the global surfing community for having one of the longest lefts in the world.
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Whilst staying with Senor Otto at Hostal Duke in Pacasmayo (for the first time) the surf was smallish, we visited a lesser know left just south called Poemape, and found not one but many coffee plungers which we have been searching for since Costa Rica!!!!! That’d be right ey, we just ordered a plunger on eBay and asked mum to lug it over in a wk. Once the swell had dropped out it was time to move onto the next city north - Chiclayo - where we visited museums, attracted alot of attention jogging through the streets, and cranked out our own spin class at the gym on not so OH&S standard bikes.
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We’d seen enough gold, and got enough stares. Another swell was due so we cruzed back to Pacasmayo for our 2nd visit to see if this world class left would light up…Nope still not enough swell for Steve. So we get the overnight bus much further north to the swell magnet Lobitos. The Lobitos area is home to no less than 9 LEFT HANDERS and when we arrived it was on fire.
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YEEESSSSSSSSS!!! While in Lobitos we stayed at Nachos accom but before we could see the first day out disaster struck again. Nope, Steve didn’t hit the reef, Jess was struck down with an intestinal parasite and spent the first night in the toilet with dual end fury. The following 2 days Jess layed in bed asleep, going to the toilet in the adjacent desert, while Steve got his fare share of lefts at breaks El Hueco, Lobitos and Piscinas. Finally regaining her appetite and enough strength to walk for more than 10m we bail out of Lobitos (much to Steve’s disappointment as the waves were still pumping) and get the 16hr bus back to Lima to pick up Ging Gang. And that brings us to Peru pt2, 'AG' (after Ging Gang) and the Cordillas Blancas!!!

But while we write part2, here are a few more pics!!!!!!!MORE PICS I SAY STOP WITH THE SMALL TALK...

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Cruising altitude

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Sneaky beer at a mens bar in Lima....

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Trujillo main square - plaza de armas

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Heading north....

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COFFEE PLUNGERS AND HEAPS OF THEM!!!! There was more across the road the mercado where you can also buy the daily seafood catch, some eggs, fruit n veg, AND COFFEE PLUNGERS!!!!!

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The long walk out to el faro, Pacasmayo

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Tuk Tuks - a means to get around in Pacasmayo

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On our way to Poemape

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Poemape - Jess and the tuk tuk driver

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Poemape, wraping, slightly onshore, but wraping 4-6ft (steves 2nd surf since
reef wrestle)

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The peir, Pacasmayo

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Traditional fishing boats, used for 1000s yrs

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Jess and the ocean, perfect Pacasmayo.....

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Dawn patrol transit, 5:30am, Talara, 1hr from Lobitos

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Our shack at nachos, Lobitos

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Lobitos rock pools, sunset and late one......

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Lobitos midday, still pumping, half the crowd, its lunch time!!!

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Lobitos, early and an unidentified from the water

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El hueco from the water.....so many kegs......so round......so uncrowded....

Posted by jessnsteve 06:40 Archived in Peru Tagged backpacking

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