In Peru Now

I have figured out that I need to use the hotel internet in the middle of the day when there is less traffic. Here is our flight path since arriving in Mexico 3 weeks ago.

 

Merida, Mexico; Havana; Cancun; Lima; Chiclayo, Peru; then we took a 3 1/2 bus to Trujillo, Peru which is where we are now.

Merida, Mexico; Havana; Cancun; Lima; Chiclayo, Peru; then we took a 3 1/2 bus to Trujillo, Peru which is where we are now.

Here are some pictures from our first stop in Chiclayo, Peru; CIX on the above map. The Incas are not the indigenous culture in this part of Northern Peru.  They actually invaded this area from the south about 50 years before the Spanish arrived and started grave robbing for the gold.

One of the early cultures here was the Moches who started building adobe pyramids around 100 AD.  In 1987 an undisturbed area of tombs was discovered and the main one was near the tiny town of Sipan, just west of Chiclayo.  The amount of gold and archeological significance of this find rivals that of the King Tut tomb found in Egypt.  Here are some pictures from the museums and pyramids of that area.  These adobe pyramids are almost 2,000 years old.

Another piece of history is that there are now considered six cradles of civilization, one is in an area between here and Lima.  This civilization, which we will not be seeing on this trip, is about 5,000 years old, on par with Egypt.