Friday, October 20 to Monday, October 23

After the Chicama Valley, Cascas was the second overnight stop out of Trujillo on the old Moyobamba Route in the 1800s. Because of a unique microclimate it has long been a fruit growing region. Today it's a center of grape-growing and wine-making. It is a pretty little town and is popular with weekend visitors from the big cities on the coast.

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Vineyards surround Cascas and are even found inside town.

The Central Plaza

The Church looks down on the plaza from above.

The Moyobamba Route - Today

This old road went through town on this street. Here we are heading north (which takes us east towards the Amazon) from the plaza.

Today the pavement ends at the edge of town. Of course none of it was paved in the 1800s.

Here is the road heading south (towards the Pacific) from the Plaza.

This house along the route looks like it's been there since the 1800s, at least.

Today this arch greats travelers coming in from the north.

This dirt road just north of town probably follows the old mule route very closely.

The Cascas wine museum and the libary are located just in front of the church.

This restaurant opposite the wine museum was a pleasant surprise. It is run by a lady who used to have a restaurant in Lima. I ate there four time.

The vineyards are irrigated and some of the water is channeled through town.

One of many wine shops in town.

A few scenes of the nearby countryside.

My room at the Hotel Ermita

I had to stay in Cascas one more day than planned because of the Census. Everyone had to stay home (or at their hotel) on the day of the census.