The best period to visit Chimbote is in June, when takes place the Festival of San Pedrito de Chimbote, the patron saint.
The climate in Chimbote is desert, since its located close to the tropics, the Peruvian coast and Los Andes mountain range. Rains are lacking and there is an average temperature of 82 °F (28 °C) in summer and 55,4 °F (13 °C). There are winds throughout the year.
You can find amusement for sure if you go to the main nightclubs of Chimbote. If you look for something more quiet, you can have drinks at the bars of the hotels, with your friends or partner.
Location: 150, Jr. Enrique Palacios
As the name shows, in this nightclub the parties come with latin music. The drinks menu is standard, but it’s not too bad. Just to cheer up the night and put your best foot forward.
Hours: saturdays and sundays from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Location: 229, Jr. Malecón Grau
One of the crowdest nightclubs by locals and visitors. The music genres are varied, by the resident DJ. Ideal to go dancing and have fun with your friends.
Location: 386, Jr. Bolognesi
Hours: from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Price: 12 soles and up
At this traditional restaurant you will find plates made of meat and fish, well served and with the best attention. The menu is assorted and includes typical dishes from Chimbote and Peru, and even other plates worldwide. Ask for the “lomo saltado de polendas” (a plate with meat pieces, rice, tomato and chips), it’s one of the most delicious in Peru.
Location: 495, Av. Bolognesi
Hours: from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
At this restaurant the food is a fusion between chinese and peruvian traditions and you will taste plates as “arroz chaufa” (a dish based on rice, hot dog, egg, chickena and some other ingredients), very demanded by locals and visitors.
Location: 104, Jr. Villavicencio
It’s a welcoming atmosphere restaurant and with retro decoration, very frequented due to the menu of fish and shellfish. The most popular plate is the “ceviche en crema de rocoto”, a spicy temptation that you sholudn’t miss! The ceviche in this case is served in a large pepper cream.
Location: 401, Jr. Bolognesi
Hours: from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Price: 2-4 soles
It’s characterized for the sandwiches and ice-cream sale. It’s to eat light and at low-cost.
Location: 566, Av. José Olaya, Chimbote
Hours: day and night
The restaurant is perfectfor having dinner, due to its nice and quiet atmosphere. The attention to the dinners is excellent and the plates are generous. There is typical and varied food for all the palates at this appealing restaurant, to think about it!
Location: it’s located in the recreational center of Vivero Forestal.
It’s a fishing boat adapted to be a museum, with the purpose of being a tourism and education focal point.
Location: at the north from the center of the city
It’s also known as Cerro de la Paz and it’s where the Easter via crucis takes place. It’s very visited due to the numerous attractions as the Catacombs church, a representation of the Jesus birthday and the Cross that lights up the Chimbote province, among others.
Chimbote has beautiful beaches as Tortugas, where you can practice kayak, diving, sandboard and mountain bike. You also have Caleta Colorada, the first nudist beach of Peru, Tamborero, Corralones, Canaco, Gramita, El Huaro, El Dorado, Alconcillo and Vesique. You must choose!
Isla Blanca is an ecological and touristic reserve formed by a mountain without vegetation, part of the islands of Bahía. Its name comes from the white colour of the island, due to the guano of the birds that live there as pelicans and seagulls.
The mochica presence in the area is tangible in several archaeological complexes of Chimbote. Sechín is the most famous, close to 5000 years of antiquity. It was a ceremonial center with an underground center gallery, 5 buildings and a semi-sunken square.Another place to visit is the Castillo de Santa, a moche construction made of mud, located at 30 minutes from the city of Chimbote.
The plates of Chimbote are unique and have such a great flavour, that even Gastón Acurio (the emblematic Peruvian chef ) has praised and recommended them. Some of them are the following:
It’s a plate made of “sudado de pescado” (fish with sauce), seasoned with tomato, onion, cornflour and garlic. It comes with mixed soup with “chicha” (purple maize). One of the vegetable soup that you can’t miss on your food list.
The preparation of ceviche in Chimbote is different from other coastal provinces; in Chimbote is used the red coloured chili pepper as dressing. You can find it in most of the restaurants of the city, in roadside stands and the traditional market stands.
The name comes from the main ingredient, tha face of the cow. It’s cooked with husked wheat, potatoes and menthe, and is served with aromatique herbs as parsley and coriander. It’s popular among the locals because it has a great caloric value that gets up the deads and it’s ideal after a “tranca” (drinks and party night).
It’s the favourite plate served at the sportive events and floklore festivals. It’s prepared with mackerel, onion, boiled manioc, chili pepper and and other seasonings. It’s served wrapped in a banana leaf. This plate will conquer your palate from the beginning!
|Easter||(April)||Chimbote has a well-planned Easter that is lived with traditional fervor, but also with a joyful colour. There are processions and parades through the streets. There are proposed exquisite plates based on fish (but the price grows due to the demand).|
|The Festival of San Pedrito de Chimbote||(June 29th)||Every last week of June the city celebrates the most important celebration, San Pedrito de Chimbote, which worships the patron saint. The central day is the 29th, when locals gather in front of the church to bring the saints statue out to be processed along the bay in a boat and through the main avenues of the city.|