Chimbote - Peru
Chimbote is the largest city in the
Ancash Region of Peru. It is also the capital of the Santa Province and
the Chimbote District. The city is located on the coast in Chimbote Bay,
south of Trujillo and 422 kilometers north of
Chimbote is the largest fishing port in Peru. Chimbote has more than 30
fish factories, and has some of the world's finest fish-packing
equipment. During the 1970s El Niño, an earthquake, and overfishing
drastically affected the fishing industry, and restrictions were added.
However, more than 75 percent of Peru's fishing industry occurs in
Chimbote. The Chimbote-Huallanca rail line, built in 1922, serves as a
railway for coal and iron mines on the interior and a railway for the
river valley by transporting rice, cotton, sugarcane, and bananas.
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To the south of the city, there are many beaches, such as Vesique, Los
Chimus, Tortugas, Caleta Colorada and El Dorado.
Also located near Chimbote is the Isla Blanca (white isle, in English),
that takes it's name from the white color of the ground. This land
measures approximately 3200 meters in length, 920 meters in width and
about 204 meters in height.
Located next to the city is, Cerro de la Juventud (Mountain of Youth),
also called Cerro de la Paz (Mountain of Peace). Since 1985, this
tourist atraction brings hundreds of people from all over. The visitor
will appreciate a panoramic view of Chimbote's bay from the top of this
The tourist can also visit the Isla Blanca Boulevard - which has many
beautiful marble sculptures and fountains.
Chimbote has two important celebrations during the year: Holy Week and
The Festivity of San Pedrito of Chimbote (also called Chimbote's Civic
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