Ilo is a port city at the shores of the Pacific Ocean, located in the southern región of the country, in de Department of Moquegua. The city was founded by Spaniards in a territory previously occupied by pre-columbian cultures. The city gained importance as a fishing hamlet and strategic port to supply goods to the southern cities. Ilo played an important role during the War of the Pacific, and became a staging area for the Chilean forces in their campaign through Tacna and Arica. During the XXth century due to migration from the Andean highlands, and is now a modern trading hub with attractive beaches for tourists during the summer.
Travel tips for Ilo
It is recommended to bring light coats due to temperature drops during the evening and night, especially during winter. As in any other major city in the world, it is recommended to stay close to your personal belongings and don’t stay up late outdoors by your own.