After determining that the Triumph Tiger was roadworthy, and that the computer system in the motorcycle was only slightly damaged, we set out in a Southerly direction, following the Pan American highway. We stayed in a very nice hostal in Piura, a city of about 1,500,000 people in northern Peru.
Once we left the large city, the landscape changed back to the dry, arid desert-like picture that we had seen before, in northern Peru. These children live in a small community away from the city. Their school is fairly small, and they certainly do not have the green grass playing fields nor the trees that we are used to in Canadian schools....
The surrounding country-side is very flat and dry, with sand and gravel everywhere. There was not any evidence of rivers or lakes, making the region seem even more dry and desert-like.
We came to another small town, and the people in the small peublo were drying their corn in the very hot sun. Similar to Central America, corn, or maize, is a very important food product for the Peruvian people..
All of the children who do attend school in Peru wear uniforms....
On the inside of the walls, they were reinforced with these "elbows", and they also had a base which extended beyond the base of the wall, ensuring that the "sismos", or earthquakes would not bring the walls down. The CHAN CHAN people were great engineers..
The Peruvian government has made a great effort to build protection for this site, so that many people may enjoy it for years to come...
Notice how the walls are supported by the knees, and how the base of the walls is futher reinforced with a base structure...
Here are the sea-otters again. We know that they also live in North America, particularly in Alaska and the West Coast of British Columbia. Do you think there is a similarity in the waters of Peru and British Columbia?
There is those "knees" again, which help to support the huge walls...
Our guide was very knowledgable, and we appreciated the details that he knew about "his" city. When I asked him about his opinion about the people of CHINA and JAPAN visiting PERU, he laughed and pointed at his stature, and the fact that his eyes are somewhat slanted. He said that there is a very good possibility that the cultures evolved from more Northern people.
After the pyramids, we covered about 200 kilometers of desert. The dry and barren land borders the Pacific Ocean, so it was on our right hand as we travelled south. The winds coming from the Ocean were very strong, and in places we had to stop the bikes to take a break from the very strong winds..
We finally arrived at our destination for the evening. It was guarded by a watch parrot named Romeo...
Besides the very important lesson about WATER, I have learned the following about PERU:
There is over 2400 kilometers of desert along the coastal road of PERU.
The ANDES Mountains of Peru have 50 mountains which are higher than 5000 meters (20000 ft) above sea level.
The AMAZON RAINFOREST makes up 60% of Peru..
Peru has 28 different kinds of CLIMATES...
Peru has the deepest canyons in the world: COCLA is 3400 meters deep, and COTAHUASI is 3800 meters deep!
Peru has the highest navigable lake in the world: LAKE TITICACA
Peru is the highest producer of SILVER in the world.
Peru is the second biggest producer of COPPER in the world.
Peru is the natural native country of
- the POTATO, of which there are 3,000 kinds
-the TOMATO, the BEAN, CORN, and MANIOC
-the PASSION FRUIT
-the CHILI PEPPER and PAPRIKA
Peru is number 1 in the number of bird species in the world, with 1, 831 different species
Peru is number 1 in the number of butterfly varieties, with over 4200 different species.
Peru is number 1 in the number of different fish species, with 700 different species.
Peru has many WORLD HERITAGE SITES.
Some of PERU's early people were building cities 5000 years ago, during the time of the EGYPTIAN PYRAMIDS.....
Peru is a very cool place to learn new things....
Charcol is rolled up into balls, and then dried, maximizing the heat and firing process...