Posted by Julio C. Tello,
I woke up to the sounds of roosters much like I had on my previous trip although this time around my family had bought a new pup which was eager to shut the roosters up. I dressed in my usual business attire and had a quick breakfast with the family. I was then off to check out local hotels and perhaps find a few agencies to provide guides for Sechin. Once again I was surprised to see that there are no formal agencies where you can go and book your tour of Sechin. Much like in Barranca, there are local guides you can ask around for and depending on their availability they will give you a tour of Sechin and other nearby archaeological sites surrounding Casma.
I was able to acquire the names of the guides and much like in Caral will incorporate them into new Karikuy tours. I must have visited at least six hotels all of varying services and quality. The hotels I chose to include in the Karikuy program are as follows: Hostal Monte Carlo for Economy Class (comes standard with tour), Hotel El Farol for 3 Star Service & Las Poncianas for 4 star Service, even though it is a 3 star hotel they still provide the most amenities and is the best you can find in Casma. I will also be offering a beach side resort next to Tortuga Beach which is also a Poncianas hotel.
By the time my work ended I headed back to the store that my family runs on the main street that runs through town. There I found my cousins brother in law having a few Cristals with some clients and he eagerly pulled me into the conversation. The day in all went by fast, walking from hotel to hotel in the scorching Casma sun had taken its toll, especially with me and my long pants and dress shirt. Being dehydrated and downing a couple of bottles of Cristal is not the best way to freshen up, and I had to keep the boozing to a minimum as tomorrow I would be taking the long bus trip to Huaraz.
And so I headed out for a walk around the main street of Casma, this stretch of road is actually part of the Pan-American highway. Along the road lies a multitude of vendors, shops, restaurants, pretty much anything you could be looking for. I found the bus agency I was recommended close to my cousins shop; Alas Peruanas (Av. Luis Ormeño N.224). This agency has a 6 hour bus via the Callan Pass, a very scenic route that’s not for the faint of heart. After buying my 20 s/. bus ticket for Huaraz I headed to an internet cafe to check up on the business. I was still feeling a little light headed as I returned to my cousins shop. Luckily I had some downtime to chat and joke with my nieces for a bit before heading out to a restaurant to eat with my family.
Yes today was probably the most uneventful day of my trip, but it was worth getting all the information that I had gathered to put new tours together. Sure I could have visited new ruins and places surrounding Casma, but when your on a budget sometimes you just have to relax and lay low. I would have plenty of time to explore and see new things in the morning, as I would be taking a new route into Huaraz, one I had only heard stories about.
Daily Expenditure – 29 s/. = $9
8 – Beer (two .65 L bottles)
1 – Internet (1 hour)
20 – Bus (Alas Peruanas) Casma to Huaraz
Free lodging and Dinner – Thanks to the Family