Straight after breakfast the boys searched and found the Toyota garage in Trujillo only to be told that they would not have the brake shoes as a Toyota Landcruiser 100 series is not commonly used in Peru but that they could get these parts from Lima within a day or 2 alternatively Pirate parts would be available from one of the many street mechanics around the corner.


Without hesitation the boys decided to head straight to the street mechanics and found one shortly after the visit to the Toyota agent.


Of course, English is not a common language used by these guys so with hand and the use of dusty Lipstick it was agreed that a price of 600 Sols would be fair for the replacement of all 4 brakes.


Lipstick being used as a notepad to determine remuneration for street mechanic


In no time Lipstick was jacked up, both front wheels removed and the deputy street mechanic took a sample of the brake shoes to start finding equivalent parts – most probably manufactured in China…


The sun was burning down on the guys and with the chief street mechanic realising the discomfort of the boys – whilst waiting for the deputy street mechanic to arrive back with new parts – he quickly arranges for some shade next to Lipstick.


Street mechanics repairing brakes in Trujillo and providing shade for the boys


After a more thorough inspection of the rear brakes it was decided to leave them as is and just replace the front brakes – the rear brakes would then be done in Lima.


90 minutes later the job was completed, money changed hands and the street mechanics gave Team Lipstick a thumb up and wishing bon voyage…


Team Lipstick on the move again


So straight off onto the E25 ( panamerican Highway ) in straight direction towards Lima and Lipstick was back in a desert environment last seen in the Gobi desert in China.


Lipstick in a huge sandbox…


Getting closer to Lima the Pacific appeared on the right-hand site and the boys could witness a beautiful sunset with the sun kissing south America good bye for the day.


A short while later the boys arrive at Lima with the rear brakes making more and more noise…


Approaching Lima from the north at night.


Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the ChillónRímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. With a population of more than 10 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru and the second-largest city in the Americas , behind São Paulo.

Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. It became the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. Following the Peruvian War of Independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru. Around one-third of the national population lives in the metropolitan area.

Lima is home to one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the New World. The National University of San Marcos, founded on May 12, 1551, during the Spanish colonial regime, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas.

Day 30 – 14th February – Trujillo to Lima