Around the world in Cessna 182

November 10, 2003
Guayaquil, Ecuador (SEGU) to Trujillo, Peru (SPRU)

Another weekday and another night flight. For this particular part of my trip that was OK, as the scenery was not all that interesting. Once more I will stay away from the Andes, following the safe route just to the west of the mountains. Otherwise, it would probably not be possible for me to negotiate around all of the gigantic peaks had I chosen the direct route. In the next few days, I might venture in the mountains as there are some places I want to visit, so we shall see how that goes (if I actually decide to do that).

One more thing that I found out during my flight tonight was that I am completely unfamiliar with the southern sky. Here I am south of the equator, and the only familiar thing in the sky is my old friend moon. I think I should start learning the constellations of the "other half of the universe".

Most of the route today was over the relatively low lands, similar to my flight yesterday. I took the heading of 191 which got me to the URA VOR station, and then switched to the heading of 150 which brought me directly to Trujillo. I stayed at 9,500 ft, which was probably more than I needed too, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

When I was planning this trip, I was not paying particular attention to the size or the quality of the airports I will be landing on, and that is starting to show now. Trujillo seems to be the smallest airport in Peru, and the approach at night (without ILS) sucked. But, as they say, all is well that ends well, so I should not really complain. I had a very good landing and I am happy about that. One good thing about the small airports is that there is rarely any traffic. I guess I was the only person crazy enough to want to go to Trujillo as there were no other planes talking to the tower while I was there.

Guayaquil by night

Southern sky

Over the URA VOR station
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