|Bye for now to Cuenca, Cajas and Ecuador|
|Our "familia" in Cuenca|
Then...a long day by bus (one of the many of this week). We left Cuenca for a bus to the border. The adventure of the day began when we arrived at the border in Machalla and the officials at immigration told us that we had overstayed our time in Ecuador (which was not true) and that the only way to get our passports back was to pay a "multa" or fine of $200. each. We had been warned by many not to carry much cash while traveling on the bus so of course we did not have $400. So....they instructed one of the "guards" to take us to the bank in town to withdraw money. They wanted me to stay behind while Richard went with him but we decided that we should definitely stay together so we both went. We knew that we could only take $300 from the bank (the most they allow at one time) so Ricardo "negotiated" our multa down to 300. When he said yes to this, we were convinced that this was a scam, which we had already suspected...however....we did want our passports back!!! He pulled the car over to the side of the road and asked for the money. He pocketed 100 and held the 200 for his buddies back at immigration. All this while, we were holding up the next bus which would take us to Peru. (We never knew till we got back whether the bus would wait for us or not - it did.) When we got back to immigration they gave us our passports with no receipt or information that we had paid or any indication that we had indeed done anything wrong.
So, back on the bus for 4 more hours to our destination...Mancora, Peru....the coast. BEAUTIFUL weather for 4 days and swimming, relaxing, walking the beach, and yoga! Also....the best vegetarian restaurant that I have ever eaten in...Angela's place with delicious yucca bread and sweet potato bread as well as many incredible dishes. Needless to say....we ate there every day. We found a good Thai restaurant for dinner meals too. We loved our yoga class at a beautiful hotel on the beach with the sound of waves and wind during the whole class. Mancora is on our list of places to return to.
|Sea horse on the beach|
|The docks at Mancora|
|Our hotel in Mancora....finally great weather|
|We even found a yoga class in Mancora...|
with an incredible view
Our next interesting adventure was the night bus from Mancora to Trujillo. We left at 10:30 pm and then arrived at about 7am. In some ways this is a great way to travel...save on a hotel room and also have an extra day wherever we are going and coming from. They have "cama" or bed buses with reclining seats so it is fairly comfortable but not the best sleep of our lives. Otherwise, uneventful.
|Plaza de Armes, Trujillo...great colors|
|amazing work down on these large adobe temples|
While we were here in Trujillo there was an earthquake in Lima - about 9 hours from here, which we did not feel. This was going on at about the same time as many of you in "el Norte" were experiencing snow in October. Mother Nature seems quite upset these days!
|Huanca de la Luna...Moche cultural site|
built with mountain in view.
|Believed that this was a calendar of the Moche people|
|Tourists....great that we can go with|
Spanish speaking guides.
|Chan Chan...the largest adobe city in the world. Chimu culture|
(850 AD - 1530's when the Spanish arrived)
We look forward to hearing from you and wish everyone a Happy Halloween and Dia de las Muertos.
|Many details of fish, birds and other|
sea wildlife on the walls of Chan Chan
|The beach at Huanuco, Peru.|
Fisherman still use these boats