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Camana, Peru - A Good Place To Spend A Night To Break The Journey

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2009   » View Photoset (12 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I was glad to arrive in Camana after a not so pleasant bus ride from Tacna, it took about 9hrs and I was in desperate need of some soup.
Peru Photo - The best soup in South America is in Camana, meat, potato, noodles, onion, ginger... Restaurant El Pacifico!
The best soup in South America is in Camana, meat, potato, noodles, onion, ginger... Restaurant El Pacifico!
I asked a few restaurants if they served soup and they all kept telling me the same name of a place where I could get some. I found it by the plaza and indulged. I stayed in Camana for 2 nights just to stop and rest for a couple of days before another long haul north. It is a nice place to catch your breath. There were a few interesting characters around, a lot of mototaxis, a nice plaza with trees and gardens. There was even noisy cars with balloons in a convoy driving through the streets to celebrate someones birthday.

Things To Do in Camana

The Pacific coast which is not too far away has several beaches such as Playa La Miel, Playa Quilca and Playa Chira as well as a lagoon called Lagunas De Pucchun. Plus the island called Isla Hornillos and various wildlife such as seals, penguins and pelicans which are common to see on the Pacific coast of South America. Very close to the center of Camana (12kms) is the museum called Museo Jose Maria Quimper which
Peru Photo - The beautiful coastline between Atico and Nazca, north of Camana.
The beautiful coastline between Atico and Nazca, north of Camana.
displays objects relating to the Nazca, Paracas, Wari, Chuquibamba, Collagua and Inca cultures. There are also hiking oportunities on Inca trails in the area and the Inca observatory south by the river to view nature and see the ocean.

I Found the Best Soup!

I got the feeling that Camana was a very proud city and found the people to have an easy-going nature about them. I was lucky and happy to find the best soup I have tasted while in South America in Camana at Restaurant El Pacifico. I came here a few times during my stay, it was less than $3 Soles per bowl including a drink!
Peru Photo - A busy street in Camana full of bicycle taxis.
A busy street in Camana full of bicycle taxis.

Buses Going North

After 2 nights in Camana I was ready to take a night bus up to Ica. I was just going to pass through Ica, Pisco and Lima (because I had been to these places on the way down earlier) and get up to Trujillo and Huanchaco to see some archaeology, banana boats, surfing and reach a warmer climate.

Get Your Hand Out of My Bag!

From Ica first thing in the morning I got a local bus for about an hour north to Pisco and stayed the night. I don't sleep that well on overnight buses and slightly dozed off on the way to Pisco. I had my small pack in my arms and felt something moving inside it while my eyes were closed. I snapped out of my snoozing and caught the guy in the seat behind me lift his hand out of my pack, his hand is in mid air and he is leaning over to my seat. I said something to him for which he replied 'no, no, no'. I changed seats and he disappeared off the bus at the next stop. He didn't get anything. Next day I bused for about 3 hours up to Lima, walked around for half the day waiting for a night bus leaving at 10pm to Trujillo which took about 8-10 hours and arrived the next morning.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Camana (Peru) to:


Map location: Camana, Peru. Camana is a small town on the coast west of Arequipa, there are beaches around the place but for me it was a place to sleep the night and have a feed!
 A : Arequipa - Peru 125 kms 125 kms straight distance | 2hrs 50mins 2hrs 50mins by car (172 kms) | 3hrs 24mins 3hrs 24mins by bus (172 kms) (172 kms)
 B : Moquegua to Desaguadero - Peru 197 kms 197 kms straight distance | 3hrs 58mins 3hrs 58mins by car (265 kms) | 4hrs 45mins 4hrs 45mins by bus (265 kms) (265 kms)
 C : Nazca - Peru 309 kms 309 kms straight distance | 5hrs 51mins 5hrs 51mins by car (392 kms) | 7hrs 1min 7hrs 1min by bus (392 kms) (392 kms)
 D : Tacna - Peru 299 kms 299 kms straight distance | 5hrs 49mins 5hrs 49mins by car (414 kms) | 6hrs 58mins 6hrs 58mins by bus (414 kms) (414 kms)
 E : Chile Border to Tacna - Peru 311 kms 311 kms straight distance | 6hrs 12mins 6hrs 12mins by car (423 kms) | 7hrs 26mins 7hrs 26mins by bus (423 kms) (423 kms)
 F : Arica - Chile 324 kms 324 kms straight distance | 6hrs 27mins 6hrs 27mins by car (436 kms) | 7hrs 44mins 7hrs 44mins by bus (436 kms) (436 kms)
 G : Puno / Juliaca - Peru 301 kms 301 kms straight distance | 7hrs 41mins 7hrs 41mins by car (455 kms) | 9hrs 13mins 9hrs 13mins by bus (455 kms) (455 kms)
 H : La Paz to Desaguadero - Bolivia 392 kms 392 kms straight distance | 8hrs 21mins 8hrs 21mins by car (562 kms) | 10hrs 1min 10hrs 1min by bus (562 kms) (562 kms)
 I : Puno to Bolivian Border - Peru 382 kms 382 kms straight distance | 8hrs 52mins 8hrs 52mins by car (579 kms) | 10hrs 38mins 10hrs 38mins by bus (579 kms) (579 kms)
 J : Copacabana - Bolivia 386 kms 386 kms straight distance | 9hrs 9mins 9hrs 9mins by car (593 kms) | 10hrs 58mins 10hrs 58mins by bus (593 kms) (593 kms)
 K : Cusco - Peru 352 kms 352 kms straight distance | 11hrs 41mins 11hrs 41mins by car (658 kms) | 14hrs 1min 14hrs 1min by bus (658 kms) (658 kms)
 L : Abancay - Peru 332 kms 332 kms straight distance | 10hrs 58mins 10hrs 58mins by car (658 kms) | 13hrs 9mins 13hrs 9mins by bus (658 kms) (658 kms)
 M : Ayacucho - Peru 418 kms 418 kms straight distance | 12hrs 8mins 12hrs 8mins by car (738 kms) | 14hrs 33mins 14hrs 33mins by bus (738 kms) (738 kms)
 N : Andahuaylas - Peru 337 kms 337 kms straight distance | 12hrs 58mins 12hrs 58mins by car (770 kms) | 15hrs 33mins 15hrs 33mins by bus (770 kms) (770 kms)
 O : Machu Picchu - Peru 385 kms 385 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Camana, Peru:

Hostal Plaza, Camana, Peru - Large Photo
Hostal Plaza, Camana, Peru (May 2009 - 2 nights) - Right on the plaza, not too expensive, room was ok and had a bathroom, a nice chinese style restaurant is nextdoor, it was a good base for me to wander around Camana from, it's in the nicer end of town.

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