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January 2022

outside Lima 2022 - Peru

archeological sites

sunny 81 °F

overview / intro

We spent a few weekends checking out the historic sites just outside the city limits (1-3 hours away from the center of Lima).

The first was Pachacamac to the south. It has been around for thousands of years, and has many different civilizations use it as a religious and commercial center on the coast. There is a very informative and modern museum there at the entrance. Then you can walk, bike, or drive a car to the rest of the locations on site. There are excavated and partially repaired temples, agricultural sites, meeting buildings, pyramids, walkways, and military style buildings.

The second location was in the north and is named Caral. It's believed to be the oldest built site in Peru and possibly all of the Americas at over 5000 years old. It has pyramids, houses, theater, and government buildings.

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Pictures

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PACHACAMAC

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CARAL

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Posted by MurkTravels 14:15 Archived in Peru Tagged museums temple history peru national south_america inca 2022 Comments (1)

Mancora 2022 - Peru

the north remembers

sunny 90 °F
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overview / intro

Checking out the far north west corner of Peru with a trip to the Piura region. We saw the towns of Tumbes, Zorritos, Mancora, Vichayito, Los Organos, Nuro, and Cabo Blanco.

It was over New Years, so we watched some fireworks and did some typical Peruvian New Years traditions with the locals. That includes eating 12 grapes and making 12 wishes after midnight, walking around the block with luggage to bring you good travels, wearing yellow, champagne (obviously) and pomegranate. The other days, we just took it easy and learned about the region and the nearby cities.

It is said that it's a surfing coastal area. We saw waves, but only a few surfers. Maybe it's the off season. There are several beaches (Nuro) where you can swim with giant tortuous. We definitely did that, even in the freezing water of the Pacific. We paddle boarded, we swam, we relaxed on the beach, maybe got a bit sunburned, and saw amazing sunsets.

Recommend:

  • try the local seafood
  • swim with turtles
  • check out the wave obstacle course in Zorritos
  • the shopping, hotels, and beach life around Mancora

Trip Map

Pictures

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Posted by MurkTravels 01:54 Archived in Peru Tagged beach peru sand sun newyear 2022 Comments (1)

on the water 2022 - Ecuador

boat tour

sunny 85 °F
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overview / intro

Nothing really of note, but we did a boat tour of mangroves in northern Peru and souther Ecuador, so we crossed the border into another country. There was a crazy bird island with thousands of residents, and lots of clam, crab and mussel farming in the swampy mangrove areas.

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Posted by MurkTravels 18:28 Archived in Ecuador Tagged trees birds boats peru south_america ecuador 2022 Comments (0)

2021

time to move

sunny 85 °F
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Looking Back

2021:
Well, the pandemic continued. And I got cabin fever just sitting around in the US, so found ways to travel as usual.
The big news was that I left the boring bank job and moved to Peru to live for a while.

Well, here's the quick review:

Activities

Things that happened in 2021:

Big Travels

Challenges
Didn't get to do any 14er hikes, or trail runs, or any new crazy challenges this year. But I got to enjoy snorkeling in the Indian Ocean in the Maldives, hiking around Machu Picchu in Peru, and visiting more US National Parks. I count that as a win.

Events & other activities

  • bought an investment house in Des Moines - May
  • races: none
  • continued with volleyball, biking, running, walking, hiking, SUP
  • Prudence turned 4 - August
  • move to Lima, Peru - September
  • concerts: local Peru rock band in Lima - October

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MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 17:51 Archived in Peru Tagged museums food parks beach peru california mexico colorado oregon lima valley music camp machupicchu national usa road sacred trip travels 2021 murk Comments (0)

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