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Chimbote, Peru - Port Town, Not A Bad Place At All

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - June 2009 June 2012   » View Photoset (62 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
In 2012 I returned to Chimbote and stayed a couple of nights. I got to know the city a lot better and saw some more sights. The same friend from my first trip showed me around. I was fortunate to be here on a weekend of
Peru Photo - Peruvian boys in traditional dress dance in Chimbote.
Peruvian boys in traditional dress dance in Chimbote.
festivities and watched a couple of shows in the plaza beside the sea during my stay.

Plaza Mayor and Cathedral

Chimbote's oldest main square - Plaza Mayor, is quite far out of the center and although the area of New Chimbote is not that attractive, the plaza probably is more so than the plazas in the city center. The cathedral (Catedral Nuestra Senora del Carmen y San Pedro) stands on one side, it has 2 belltowers and was built by the Italians. It wasn't open at the time but the photos I have seen look pretty impressive with it's dome and artworks on the inside.

Plaza Grau

From here by taxi we headed into the center of town, to Plaza Grau (where the festivities were being held), this is where most people in Chimbote hangout. The plaza is dominated by a monument of naval officer Miguel Grau Seminario (1834-1879). Beside the plaza and sea were a bunch of llamas with colorful woollen accessories and nearby an old shipwreck in the water.

Vivero Forestal

Next, my friend
Peru Photo - Fine wooden sculptures of indigenous people and animals at the art fair in Chimbote.
Fine wooden sculptures of indigenous people and animals at the art fair in Chimbote.
suggested we visit what she described as 'a nice place in Chimbote', a big park called Vivero Forestal. There happened to be a fair going on called 'Feria de Integracion San Pedro'. This place could be nice, that is if they planted some grass. Basically it was a park with trees, gardens and a duck pond, but it wasn't at all green or inviting. Just brown and definitely not my idea of a nice place, (sorry Paula).

Isla Blanca Boulevard

Back into the center and a walk through the art fair along Isla Blanca Boulevard and to have a look at all the statues and artworks along this public walkway. A lot of the art pieces are centered around children playing with fish like dolphins and turtles.
Peru Photo - Orange and yellow flowers around a tree at Plaza Mayor in Chimbote.
Orange and yellow flowers around a tree at Plaza Mayor in Chimbote.
There are a few other statues to various people including Jose Garcia Polo, the fishermen and workers, writer Dr. Carlos Salazar Romero and political leader Victor Raul Haya de la Torre (1895-1979).

School Groups Perform

Enjoy the performances by local school groups dancing and playing music in Plaza Grau. I made this video of the show.

Coastal Walks and Beaches

Apart from having the biggest fishing port in Peru, Chimbote has several beaches and there are coastal walks, swimming and surfing. Most popular are Playas (beaches) Caleta Colorada, Vesique and El Dorado. Climb to the top of Cerro de la Juventud (Mountain of Youth) for panoramic views of the city or go on a boat cruise out to Isla Blanca (White Island).

Not A Bad Place

Chimbote is a nice enough place but probably not
Peru Photo - Tall thin dancing woman artwork in Chimbote, Isla Blanca Boulevard.
Tall thin dancing woman artwork in Chimbote, Isla Blanca Boulevard.
somewhere you would go out of your way to visit. It has some cheap hotels and restaurants in the center of town and the people are quite friendly.

Full Days Travel North

In the morning I wanted to spend the day traveling north. The first bus of the day was up to Trujillo (2hrs 30mins), then another for 6hrs up to Piura and then another ride for 2hrs 30mins in a combi van up to Mancora.

My First Time Here

The first time I stopped in Chimbote was for a few hours to have lunch with a friend who lives here and then we travelled 6hrs by bus south to Lima. The prices of the buses varied a lot, we got a ticket for $20 Soles in first class which was a good deal (2009).

Fish Oil

Chimbote is a place that makes fish oil, the whole city smells like fish, quite strongly. But you get used to it and don't smell it at all after a while.

     

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


Map location: Chimbote, Peru. Chimbote is a port-town on the coast north of Lima and is not a bad place to stop and have a look around or spend the night to break the journey! There are sights along Isla Blanca Boulevard!
 A : Huanchaco / Trujillo - Peru 118 kms 118 kms straight distance | 2hrs 15mins 2hrs 15mins by car (136 kms) | 2hrs 42mins 2hrs 42mins by bus (136 kms) (136 kms)
 B : Huamachuco to Caraz - Peru 114 kms 114 kms straight distance | 3hrs 4mins 3hrs 4mins by car (157 kms) | 3hrs 40mins 3hrs 40mins by bus (157 kms) (157 kms)
 C : Yungay & Caraz - Peru 88 kms 88 kms straight distance | 3hrs 50mins 3hrs 50mins by car (167 kms) | 4hrs 36mins 4hrs 36mins by bus (167 kms) (167 kms)
 D : Huaraz - Peru 125 kms 125 kms straight distance | 3hrs 56mins 3hrs 56mins by car (198 kms) | 4hrs 43mins 4hrs 43mins by bus (198 kms) (198 kms)
 E : Huamachuco - Peru 153 kms 153 kms straight distance | 4hrs 34mins 4hrs 34mins by car (234 kms) | 5hrs 28mins 5hrs 28mins by bus (234 kms) (234 kms)
 F : Cajabamba - Peru 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 6hrs 21mins 6hrs 21mins by car (290 kms) | 7hrs 37mins 7hrs 37mins by bus (290 kms) (290 kms)
 G : Cajamarca - Peru 214 kms 214 kms straight distance | 6hrs 48mins 6hrs 48mins by car (390 kms) | 8hrs 9mins 8hrs 9mins by bus (390 kms) (390 kms)
 H : Lima - Peru 370 kms 370 kms straight distance | 6hrs 20mins 6hrs 20mins by car (431 kms) | 7hrs 36mins 7hrs 36mins by bus (431 kms) (431 kms)
 I : Leymebamba to Celendin - Peru 257 kms 257 kms straight distance | 10hrs 12mins 10hrs 12mins by car (539 kms) | 12hrs 14mins 12hrs 14mins by bus (539 kms) (539 kms)
 J : Huanuco - Peru 262 kms 262 kms straight distance | 9hrs 8mins 9hrs 8mins by car (555 kms) | 10hrs 57mins 10hrs 57mins by bus (555 kms) (555 kms)
 K : Tingo Maria - Peru 284 kms 284 kms straight distance | 11hrs 34mins 11hrs 34mins by car (592 kms) | 13hrs 52mins 13hrs 52mins by bus (592 kms) (592 kms)
 L : Chachapoyas - Peru 328 kms 328 kms straight distance | 12hrs 32mins 12hrs 32mins by car (772 kms) | 15hrs 2mins 15hrs 2mins by bus (772 kms) (772 kms)
 M : Tarapoto & Lamas - Peru 377 kms 377 kms straight distance | 14hrs 59mins 14hrs 59mins by car (775 kms) | 17hrs 58mins 17hrs 58mins by bus (775 kms) (775 kms)
 N : Tingo Maria to Tarapoto - Peru 217 kms 217 kms straight distance
 O : Pucallpa to Tingo Maria - Peru 359 kms 359 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 Chimbote, Peru:

Hostal Los Delfines, Chimbote, Peru - Large Photo
Hostal Los Delfines, Chimbote, Peru (June 2012 - 2 nights) - Nice compact room with tv and bathroom in the city center for a good price. Friendly and helpful staff. Recommended.

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