March 29, 2008 GMT
DAY 41 - Crossing from Ecuador to Peru

"EMBRACE THE DETOURS". Kevin Charbonneau

Got the bikes ready, had breakfast and went to the port for a stroll. We didn't much like what we saw so we left Machala to go to Huaquillas, almost all the way was disastrous, detours, dirt, stones, holes, perhaps in six months this road will be better since there are road works in this section. Throughout the night Shorty's wheel was losing air so before Huaquillas we took it to a place and they fixed it at once .
Some 3 kms before the town we completed immigration, they stamped the exit and we followed on through Huaquilla, lots of people walking by the street, food stands on both sides of the streets. All in first gear, beeping the horn and fighting with everyone, requesting permission. Finally, we arrived at the international bridge, very small, which passes over an even smaller stream no water in sight.
Not even 30 meters after was customs, they removed the bike papers and indicated i continue on my journey. The bridge was full of people loading fruits and vegetables.
Peruvian customs is right next to the bridge, we had to make a photocopy of the exit of Ecuador from the passport and photocopies of passport, bike license, we filled out a form for importing of the bikes and that was it, everything free of charge.
We left this sea of people and 3---4 kms later, Peruvian immigration, we needed to fill a form for the visa, got it stamped and as fast as we could hit the Panamerican highway, which by the way is in excellent condition in Peru, we began to see the Pacific ocean and for a long time we were only 50 metres from the water, a couple of times, for short whiles, when we moved away from the coast it got boring and ugly.
Tired we committed the error in entering Tallara, we did not find a hotel and we had to return to the highway and continue on. The road was straight and the surroundings were dry with dirt mountains. Before Sullana the plantations and palms began, things improved considerably.
We are now at an Inn, La Posada for 25 Soles, basic, not recommended. They have a cyber cafe and they let me put the bikes inside so I gave them 10 Soles. The petrl goes for $11.45 Soles per gallon, even cheaper.
When inland of Ecuador by mountains the majority of the population was indigenous, towards coast and the south they are the minority.
In our trip we passed through Tumbas, Canoas, Talara. The heat begins from 7a.m.
There is much distrust around here, businesses maintain their doors closed and you are served through metal bars.

PHOTO: Leaving Ecuador and the road to Peru
Dejando Ecuador.JPG2924.jpgEn Camino a Peru.JPG

Preparamos las motos , desayunamos y fuimos al púerto a dar un paseo, no nos gusto lo que vimos y dejamos Machala para ir a Huaquillas, casi todo el camino un desastre, desvios, tierra, piedras,pozos, quizas en seis meses este todo bien ya que estan trabajando en este tramo. Como durante la noche la rueda de Shorty perdio aire, unos kims antes de Huaquillas la llevamos a una gomeria y se lo hicieron rapidisimo.Unos tres kms antes del pueblo hicimos inmigracioin, nos estamparon la salida y seguimos, pasamos por el medio de Huaquillas y toda la gente caminando por la calle stand de los dos lados todo en primera tocando bocina y peleando con todo el mundo, pidiendo permiso llegamos al puente internacional, chiquito arriba de un riacho que ni se veia el agua, no mas de 30 metros, en aduana me sacaron el papel de la moto y me dijeron siga viaje, el puente tapado de gente cargando frutas y verduras.
Aduana peruana pegada al puente, tuvimos que hacer fotocopia de la salida de Ecuador en el pasaporte y fotocopias de pasaporte, moto licencia, llenamos un formulario para la importacion de la moto y ta todo gratis, salimos de este gentio y a los 3---4 kms inmigracion Peruana, a llenar formulario para la visa, sellaron y rapido empezamos hacer carretera por la panamericana que esta muy buena en Peru, empezamos a ver el Pacifico y por largo tiempo ibamos a 50 metros del agua, un par de kms de a ratos, cuando nos alejamos de la costa se puso aburrido y feo. Cansados cometimos el error de entrar en Tallara, no encontramos hotel y decidimos volver a la panam y seguir, el camino derecho y los alrededores seco con montañas de tierra, antes de Sullana empezaron las plantaciones y palmeras, mejoro pila.
Aqui estamos en un Hostal La Posada por 25 soles Basico NR. Abajo hay un cyber cafe y me dejaron poner las motos adentro, les di 10 soles. la gasolina mas barata esta 11.45 el gallon.
Cuando estabamos en ecuador por las montañas la mayoria de la poblacion es indigina para la costa y el sur es la minoria. Pasamos por Tumbas, Canoas, Talara. Mucho calor desde las 7 a.m. Todo es una desconfianza, los negocios cerrados, te atienden atraves de rejas.

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