|Today I traveled up coast from Trujillo for two hours then eastbound into the Andes. As the bus left the desert behind, the scenery became more spectacular. As the road snaked up the valley we passed nearly continuous rice paddies. This area looked very much like Southeast Asia. Along this part the highway was lined with mango trees laden with large orange - red fruit. As we gained elevation it became eucalyptus forest, hairpin turns and cliffs. After leaving the north – south Pan American Highway it was 5 more hours to the destination.