After we got spoiled by the generosity of Ecuadorian and breath the fresh air of Andes mountains for months, we were craving for a beach that we didn’t have it for more than 8 months. So, we decided to ride our bicycles along the Peruvian coast.
Excited by the fact that we crossed to a new country, new people, new culture, and a hope that we could feel salty water on our feet whilst we drink fresh coconut water, yet, frustration. We crossed the border in Macara, then we stopped in Las Lomas. on the next day, we cycled to Tambogrande and over there the heat was so intense that we had to stop cycling. We were kinda disappointed, with really low energy, and I wouldn’t be wrong by saying we were kinda grumpy too… so we decided to get on a bus and find our way to Piura and from there go to Cajamarca. It would be our first time putting the bikes on a bus in Peru. Right on our second day in here! What a start, we thought! Piura didn’t change much of our feelings. It’s a big city, with lots of traffic and just one or two places that are a bit well cared to enjoy a walk.
We felt something was wrong with our choices but we continued until Chiclayo, again by bus. It was definitely the best we did because the road to get to Chiclayo was totally desert. Impressive flat and nothing around. When we are on the bus, arriving in the city, we asked again to ourselves: ‘what are we doing here… ?’ The city was a mix of desert, with dust everywhere, and tons of motorbikes, car, buses, horning all the time! …and us with our loaded bicycles, trying to blend in.
Our first feelings about Peru
The first impression of Peru we had was a shock. We realized that the Northern Peruvian Coast wasn’t a friendly place for bicyclist touring like us. The chaotic towns where the people were too intense, dirt roads, and the cars or tuk-tuk honking every single second, was a nightmare. Believe me, horrible traffics combined with unpleasant heat is the last place you want to travel by bicycle. All of these made us low and we became less cool as the cucumber. In fact, we aren’t the only ones who felt like this. We have some friends who also took a bus from Piura to Cordirella Blanca, or to Lima at once. While we gave the fortune to visit Chiclayo before we go back to ‘Sierra’.
2 days in Chiclayo
Tired of packing and unpacking our bikes on buses, and since we were a few kilometers from the coast after so many months, we decided to stay one night on a cheap hostel and go see the ocean. By the end of the afternoon, we made our escape from the busy city to the Pimentel beach, that I do recommend visiting. It’s only 14 km away from Chiclayo and we went there by public transport. It cost PES 6 per person. Without any expectations, Pimentel beach turned surprising us. Although we came on the weekend, the beach was quite calm and clean. It was immense that we could breathe again. The tranquility that we felt was a big relief from the utter mess from the last couple days. The salty breeze calmed our souls down and brought us back to the ground.
On the next day, we packed once again and we went straight to Cajamarca by bus. Escaped the entropy and we were back to the mountains where we have been feeling in peace. Cajamarca was such a bliss in our first week in Peru. Don’t miss to read our post about Cajamarca.