Now to the southern part of Peru, where there is more desert
We also came closer to the coast.
In the left picture a truck had had a hard time staying on the road, and in the right the Peruvians show how to load a truck!
Several places the sand was also covering the road, and the wind was blowing hard
Other places the sea mist made it almost impossible to see anything
The landscape was changing, and the amount of garbage were less and less
Now meeting small house and giant chicken farm (right picture)
We stopped for the night in a surfer town called Pacasmayo – but it as low season so nobody was there, and we went for a walk on the beach. It is tough for the body to sit so many hours in the same position on the motorcycle for so many day. We could feel it in our joints, and I could especially feel it in my knees.
We had bought food for the trip, so we could spend all our time driving. So each day we had tuna and more tuna. Tuna for lunch and mostly tuna for dinner. One day we stopped at a small fruit stall next to the road and bought mangoes. For few days we ate out for dinner, but we had tuna every single day on our way to Santiago de Chile. We have not eaten tuna since we came to Santiago de Chile, just having a “tuna-break”.
Spending as much time on the motorcycles every day a possible we made it to the Nazca lines in Peru, our only tourist stop on our way
We really want to see more of the Nazca lines from above, but it have to wait. So this time we had to enjoy the lines from the tower while the sun was setting. The Nazca Lines are a series of large ancient geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert. The largest figures are up to 370 m (1,200 ft) long. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The high, arid plateau stretches more than 80 km (50 miles) between the towns of Nazca and Palpa on the Pampas de Jumana (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazca_Lines). So there is a lot more to see.
We got closer and closer to Chile passing by rice fields on our way, and the weather was clearing
After 1 day in Ecuador and 4 day of riding in Peru we came to the border crossing into Chile on day 6. Yes we had to strip down the motorcycles. Taking all the bags off and the carrying all the bags into a security area, where all the bags went through a scanner. The employees had to open up three of our bags, checked that my massage ball was not an apple and confiscated a small bag of kettle corn for popcorns, which we ere not allowed to bring into Chile.
We were really lucky at the Chilean border crossing. We have heard that people spend 4-6 hours, but after two hours we could drive into Chile. We decided to stay in Arica, the first city after the border crossing. Went to Walmart, or here in Chile Walmart is called Lider. Bought cheese and ham for a sandwich, making it the first lunch not eating tuna .
After putting up the tent we went for a nice walk on the beach chasing the birds.
See you in the next post, that will take us through northern Chile to Santiago de Chile.