The Panamericana runs parallel to the ocean north of Talara, with frequent glimpses of the coast. This area is one of Peru’s main oil fields, and pumps are often seen scarring both the land and the sea with offshore oil rigs.
About 40km north of Talara is the sleepy town of Cabo Blanco, one of the world’s most famous fishing spots. Set on a gently curving bay strewn with rocks, the town has a flotilla of fishing vessels floating offshore, where the confluence of warm Humboldt currents and El Niño waters creates a unique microcosm filled with marine life.
Ernest Hemingway was supposedly inspired to write his famous tale The Old Man and the Sea after fishing here in the early 1950s.