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Day 1518 – 1519: Chao – Trujillo

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Nov - 16 - 2014

Distance: 71.92 km
Ride time: 3:59:42
Average: 18.00 km/h
Max speed: 46.07 km/h
Total: 30729 km

Trujillo has a bad reputation safety wise, but I felt comfortable enough as I cycled into this first major city in Northern Peru. The only thing was that it was easy to get lost: Normally every town is arranged in grids which makes navigation easy. In Trujillo, on the other hand, they seem to like roads that spread as bigger and bigger circles away from the main square. Street signs are not something they really use here…

Even finding the main square was a bit tricky, and thus looking slightly lost another guy came over and said “Hey, I’m also a cyclist, why don’t you come and stay at my hostel”. The cyclist turned out to be Neil from England, also on a Round The World trip. Check out

In fact I liked Trujillo a whole lot – a beautiful but still “normal”, non-touristic city where people live and go to work and school. It seems like the further north I go, the more colonial style architecture I see. I really liked the central Plaza and the surrounding streets with colorful houses, a few coffee shops, and markets.

I also liked the hostel where there were many cycling stories to share with Neil. The hostel also featured something I haven’t seen before – a turtle roaming around freely, usually in my room climbing and pushing around my cycling bags.

We shared the hostel with a group of nice girls from Quebec. They might have thought the cyclists looked a bit skinny as they invited us over for a big home made dinner. What a nice little break here in Trujillo!

Categories: Peru
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3 Responses so far.

  1. Johnny says:

    It’s so nice that you’ve found each other. After so many kilometers! Are you going to travel together?

  2. Hi Johnny. Yes, always nice to meet other cyclists. There is a special connection after all. Actually Neil was waiting for some parts for his bike, but now we plan to meet up in Ecuador again!

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