Welcome to Chimbote
Chimbote is Peru’s largest fishing port. With fish-processing factories lining the roads in and out of town, you’ll probably smell it before you see it. The odor of fermenting fish may take a while to get used to, but the vibrant open plaza in the town’s heart is less overwhelming. The fishing industry has declined from its 1960s glory days due to overfishing, but you’ll still see flotillas moored offshore every evening as you take a sunset walk along the malecón.
This roguish port town is a transit hub, not a tourist destination, but you may have to stay overnight if you’re catching an early morning bus to Huaraz along the hair-raising Cañón del Pato route.