is the area around paijan peru still dangerous for cyclists due to robbery?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jul 5, 2012 7:56 PM Last Post By: Livestronger
Feb 27, 2012 7:35 AM
Feb 27, 2012 11:42 PM
1When we cycled the Peru coast in 2010 we were strongly advised to take the bus from Chiclayo to Trujillo, which we did. In fact we took the bus from Piura to avoid cycling through the 150 km desert north of Chiclayo (with head winds).
Much later we met a Columbian cyclist in Chile which was still limping from a robbery attack near Paijan. They litterately beat him from his bike with big sticks while riding and then carried on while he laid on the ground. He thought being a Latino he would be spared from such a thing. He was quite peed-off to say the least.
Call in at Lucio at the Casa Cylista in Trujillo, a most remarkable prerson.
Feb 28, 2012 6:53 AM
Short answer - yes, it's still dangerous.
I'm a stubborn cyclist (one of many) who refuses to get a lift - I went through in October 2010 camped on the edge of Paijan headed south and went through at 5 am on a Sunday morning. Even then the local police still insisted on escorting me.
At Luchos I met a guy who had been robbed the day before I'd been through and Lucho himself was off to Paijan to help a girl who'd been robbed the week before.
On this google group - http://groups.google.com/group/panam-riders - the topic still frequently comes up and yes, it's still going on.
If you ask for a police escort they'll give you one, so if going through I'd recommend it.
It's a depressing situation, simply because there's simply no way the police don't know who's doing it but yet the issue is never sorted.
Also a word of warning - after getting through Paijan I was subsequently stolen from in Trujillo in broad daylight outside Luchos. Lucho assured me this is rare (and I'm the only person I know of who it happened to), but be vigilant and if going throught Paijan be prepared.
Feb 28, 2012 4:46 PM
Jul 5, 2012 7:53 PM
4Every now and then the police arrests some Bandidos that rob cyclers and bike tourists.
I have also heard that the police does not permit cyclers to travel by bike but by bus or other motorized vehicle.
I am a little bit shoked, the stolen bike looks like mine now. Also a black Cdale.
Be careful out there. And don¨t let some poor devils spoil your journey through Peru. It is a very nice country for bike traveling. 99.9 % of the inhabitants a very helpful and nice.
Greetings from a German bike tourist from Puno, heading to Cusco.
Jul 5, 2012 7:56 PM
5Oh sorry. I forgot the link for the newspaper article.
This are the litle pieces of sh.... that bring down a nations reputation.
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