Beach, bays & sea lions
Chimbote has two large bays, protected by outer islands and rocks. It’s a hub for fishing and beach lovers. The town has everything a small Peruvian town should: historic Plaza de Armas and cathedral, and colorful local markets. There is a large park with a lake called Vivero Forestal de Chimbote on the north side of town.
On the peninsula between the two bays is Las Loberas, where you can take a boat ride to see sea lions, lobos marinos in Spanish.
To get a break from the beach, drive 2 and a half hours inland are the waterfalls Cataratas de Hornillos.
Chimbote is 6 and a half hour north of Lima or 2 and a half hours south of Trujillo. It’s big enough to have hotels and restaurants, which makes it a great spot to stop on a drive between Lima and Trujillo.