Most of the buses from Chimbote to Caraz take a faster but longer route than the route we took today. We specifically wanted to take a bus through the Cañon del Pato. When Duke was in this area in 1979 he remembers going through Cañon Del Pato riding on top of a bus. When he bought the tickets yesterday at the bus station he told the lady about riding on top of the bus and ask jokingly if he could still do that. She laughed and said definitely not.
Cañyon del Pato is deep, desert and narrow. It was well worth taking the scenic route along narrow roads through tunnels and over one lane bridges.
Caraz where we are tonight sits at the head of a valley between the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera Negra mountain ranges. The Cordillera Blanca range has some of the highest peaks in the Peruvian Andes including the highest peak in Peru which is 22,200 feet. We caught a look at some of the snow covered peaks through the clouds as we came into town.
One thing that Peru has tons of that we never saw in Ecuador is mototaxis. Today we took our first ride in one. The poor motorcycle engine had to really work to pull a driver, two adults and their luggage to our hotel. And he had to stop a couple of times to ask directions.
We are staying at the Hotel Santa Rosa. We had a good dinner at Entre Panes restaurant.