Unlike Ecuador, we are finding Peru quite dirty. Along the roads there is trash strewn everywhere with thousands of empty water bottles. I think most people are aware of the ecological disaster PET bottles are creating world wide. The roads are horrible, again, unlike Ecuador where they are spending $$$millions upgrading the road systems, even the remote rural roads, which appear to be in much better shape than Peru's highways. Having said all this, we met a very nice young man from Lima on our bus ride to Piura. He offered to escort us to the second bus terminal and was even going to pay for the cab, which we absolutely forbid him from doing. So there you go once again, wonderful people all over the world. Thank you Michael!!
The terrain varied a great degree throughout the 8 hour journey from Arizona looking desert to lush, tropical areas and then back to desolate desert all the way to Chiclayo. This guys are maniac drivers and pedestrians are low man on the totem pole. You have to be extremely careful.
Things are going to have to improve or it will be a short stay in Peru.