There are two ways of going from Chiclayo to Piura. Almost all buses use the new Pan-American Highway, so if you want to take the other route you will have to change buses several times.
The old Pan-American Highway
The route on the old Pan-American Highway takes longer than the new Pan-American Highway, although there are a couple of interesting places on the way. Near Apurlec are the huacas of Otupe, which have not been investigated. As Motupe is approached, the vegetation becomes more tropical and palm trees start to appear. Shortly after Motupe is the turn-off for heading into the highlands. Near Olmos are the Liches petroglyphs, 50 drawings of human and animal figures. The Festival del Limón in Olmos is celebrated in the last week of June with parties, dances and competitions between lemon growers.
The new Pan-American Highway
The new Pan-American Highway is a direct road through the desert. This is a lonely route, with Morropé, just outside of Chiclayo, being the only town passed. There are several small lagoons that can be seen on the route. These are the remains of the floods that affected the area after El Niño of 1998. Bayóvar, 60km off the Pan-American Highway, is an important port used for shipping out oil from the Amazon. It is also home to some of the prettiest coastline in Peru, with crystalline blue waters next to rocky and sandy beaches, as well as much wildlife, including sea lions, pelicans, cormorants, boobies and frigate birds.
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