To this town...lvg on Union Cariamanga (do NOT trust these guys!!) bus even tho we thought we'd bought tickets at Loja bus line window 2 days before, go figure! Turns out the Loja Line leaves at 7 am whereas Union left at 6...lucky for us as you will see. Bus was very slow, picking up passengers here and there arr at border town 11:45am. After we asked several times how long we'd be at the bus station and getting different answers, finally the driver said we'd leave at 12:30 so Bon went for a walk. I stayed behind reading a book (Atlantis Found). At noon the bus began to move, I asked what was happening and they informed me they were leaving. I could not believe it! I said 'You told me 12:30' The conductor (who I surmised now was calling the shots, not the driver who usually is in charge) said, no 12 'a punto!' I was pissed, and said I needed to go look for my wife and got off heading in the direction Bon had left. Next thing I know the bus is moving again...I rush back and yell at them to stop, I got on and asked (not too nicely) can't you wait even 10-15 min. No was the answer. I asked that they unload our packs from under the bus and asked what I should do? The conductor handed me a buck and said I could take a taxi to the border bridge but not to be too long since they only wait a short time. I was boiling but what could I do? Bon showed up a couple minutes before 12:30 and got the story. We rushed to the town square, got a taxi who drove fast to the border where our bus was already across and pulling away from the Peru side!!! Luckily the Loja bus which left at 7am was still on the Ecuador side and we explained the situation to them. They agreed to wait for us and for half the total fare we boarded the bus we expected to be on in the first place.
Arr in Piura about 3pm we got to an ATM and then to a bus station, Chiclayo Express (each company has it's own station) where a huge croud waited for buses. As it turned out, even tho buses leave every 30 minutes the next 2 were full, so we got tickets (only 4 seats remaining on that one too) for the 5:15 bus arr in Chiclayo at 8:30pm. Tim fell for the tout who greeted us off the bus (in Chiclayo), he claimed to be a taxi driver (NOT), and said the hotels we mentioned from the LP were closed! Took us to a hotel where we stayed for 20 soles ea ($8 US) dbl w/bath, hot water, TV. After some "discussion" about the day we settled on traveling to Lima as quickly as possible to return here after business in Lima.