The history of Talara, a city in the Peruvian north keeps a strong relation with the oil industry of the first years of the 20th century, since at this time the city was known as the black gold capital due to the abundance of oil, a resource that -for centuries- was ignored because it was unknown its potential. The first sign of this resource in the area was a pitch well that was used by the old inhabitants of the region, the tallanes, with artisan purposes. In the colonial period, the lands that harbored secretely the wealth of this oil resource changed constantly of owner. With the passage of centuries, the family Lama were the last owners of that territory, who, once they knew about the oil boom out of the country, decided to negotiate the use and sale in some cases of the land with foreign companies. This way started a new period in the history of the northern Talara, since the oil did not bring only business owners to invest in the oil resourse, but also transformed the social configuration of the environment with the immigrations and camp settlements of people who arrived to work in the oil wells. Nevertheless, the social problems started because of the excessive exploitation to the workers, who, due to the abuses, rose up in strikes that with the passage of time, obtained a better labor situation in the oil industry of Talara.
Travel tips for Talara
-It's a coastal city with warm climate, so it's indispensable that you have sunscreen, sunglasses, light clothes to feel better, bottling water and bathins suit to enjoy the experience of getting to know the beaches.-Talara is known as the oil and industrial city, although it also stands out the tourism in the beautiful beaches, where there are even important surf competitions.The most used vehicle through the urban area of Talara is the mototaxi. It's a mean of transport very recurring in the cities of the interior of Peru, since it's low-cost for the users and service lenders. You can get around the streets by mototaxi that costs between s/ 1.50 to s/ 2 (in short distances). If you are looking for getting around to the towns close to Talara, you should take a tourist "minivan" or bus (the prices will be between s/ 10 and s/ 15).The streets of Talara mix the urban and rural, so are quiet and not so much walked through. You shouold anyway be cautious. The place where there are more thefts is the Talara port, so you should take preventive measures. If you are close to the Puerto, take care of your cameras, cell phones and other valued objects. Avoid to have them visible.
Best time to visit Talara
The best time to visit Talara is the summer (January, February), since there are several beaches that you can enjoy.
Climate in Talara
-The weather in Talara is usually warm and sometimes very arid, with a temperature that oscillates from 64,4 °F (18 °C) to 80,6 °F (27 °C).
Things to do in Talara
Nightlife in Talara
El Sotano Disco
Location: Av. Aviación 411 - Barrio Particular Hours: 9:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. Prices: the entrance price is between s/ 7 and s/ 12 One of the most crowded places of nightlife entertainment in the city of Talara, where you will find a variety of drinks at a good price and the best of the modern music in charge of its experienced DJ.
Pub Caleta 53
Ubicación: Parque 53 - 9 Horario: 8:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. Precios: n/d At this pub you will always have good offers in consuming drinks. It's characterized by a great environment that combines a rustic and modern infrastructure, where the good service and offer of drinks stand out from the main competitors. If you want to have a drink and enjoy a great moment with your friends in Talara, this pub is an option to consider.
Where to eat in Talara?
Restaurante Don Maximo
Location: Av. H 32 Hours: 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. Price: s/ 10 - s/ 87 It's a welcoming pizza restaurant of familiar atmosphere, of nice service and a large assortment menu of pizzas and pasta. Besides that, you can accompany your dishes with the fiest drinks of the bar. It's recommended for people who travel with family.
Restaurante Cevichería Cabo Blanco
Location: Av. B 64 Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Price: there is no information A great variety and good creole flavor is waiting for you in Cabo Blanco, a traditional cevicheria (typical peruvian fish cooked in lemon) that has the best marine menu, but also the renowned dishes of the coast region as arroz con pato (rice with duck) or causa (a dish made of mashed potatoes and chicken or tuna). The chef recommendation is ceviche de mero.
The tourist places to see in Talara are:
Location: in the Plaza de Armas of the city Hours: all day Price: free entrance It's the central area of Talara, standing out for the monument of Almirante Miguel Grau in the center. In the surrounding area are located the main stores and services (banks, restaurants, shops, etc.), and as well the church of La Inmaculada. Its modern architectural design and large space have converted it in the favourite meeting place by locals and visitors.
Iglesia La Inmaculada (temple of Talara)
Location: in the Plaza de Armas of the city Hours: there is no information Price: there is no information It's one of the most representative churches of the province, very frequented by local devoted and tourists who like to get to know architectural attractions. It's located in front of the Plaza Grau. Its interior is elegantly decorated with a beautiful altar where you can appreciate an altarpiece of 6 sections. It was built in the 70s, although the church has been remodeled in the recent period.
Mirador Cristo Petrolero
Location: at the entrance of the city Hours: all day Price: free entrance On top of a structure of 3 floors size is located the huge statue of a Christ with open and spread out arms lokking to the sky. When you approach to this impressive viewpoint, you will obtain a privilege view over the city and surroundings. A lot of visitors say that the best moment to visit it is in the evening.
Location: at 11 mi (18 km) from the urban area of Talara Hours: all day Price: free entrance Lobitos is a beach located among the nearest beaches to the city. Its name origin is the high number of seals that could be seen in the past at this area. Its popularity has increased thanks to water sports as surf, water skiing and kayaking, besides having the biggest left wave of all Southamerica.
Location: the district of La Brea, at the border with Negritos Hours: all day Price: free entrance Its name makes reference to the hill (located at 82 feet/ 25 meters above the sea level) that works as a natural viewpoint to the visitors who come to this beach. From there you will enjoy one of the best views over the north coast and will have a privilege space to organize camps and outdoors fires. It's an ideal destination for water sportmen who like surf and sport fishing.
The things to do in Talara
Water sports and marine adventure in the beaches of Talara
In Talara you will find the best and most popular beaches of the North coast. Without going to far away from the city you can spend the summer or practice extreme and water sports in the beaches of Punta Balcones, Lobitos and Capullanas (you can get there in about 15-20 min from the downtown). If you go a little bit farther, you will find beaches that have a greater fame among the tourists all over the world. Those beaches are: Cabo Blanco, Organos and Mancora.
Typical dishes in Talara
This dish is prepared with well-boiled bananas, onion, and yellow pepper. The bananas are crushed and mixed with the onion and the yellow peper fried. Then they add fresh cheese and ground parsley, that is left to make a good mixture during some minutes.
Picante de raya
If you like the marine taste and the out of common gastronomy experiences, this dish will be doubtlessly an exquisiteness to you. The ingredients are large pepper sauce, garlic, oil, eggplant and slices of fried ray. It's served with boiled potato.
This is another cooking delight that you will discover in your gastronomical route, although it's prepared just in some places. For this preparation, it's used a boiled meat of tollo (a big fish), sliced and put in a seasoning of tomato, onion, chilli pepper and garlic. In general it's served with rice and boiled manioc.
How to reach Talara
Talara by train
There is no train available to get to Talara nowadays.
Talara by flight
The Aeropuerto Internacional Capitan FAP Victor Montes Arias serves the city of Talara. The airport is located at 2 km from the city. The travel from Lima to Talara by airplane takes approximately 2 hours and the airlines that cover the route are Latam and Lan, among others. The distance from Lima to Talara is about 571 mi (952 km). There are also other cities in Peru from where you can fly to Talara as Arequipa or Cusco.
Talara by bus
You can get to the city of Talara from the cities of Lima and Huaura, taking the buses of the operators Tepsa and Civa (and some of Excluciva). The time of travel is similar from both cities, since it lasts 16-18 hours. The bus tickets cost from s/ 60, but it depends on the season. The maximum price in the most exclusive services reach s/ 150 for the bus ticket.
Accomodations in Talara
Hostal Oro Negro
Location: San Martín H-85/87 Pariñas Rate: s/ 150 It's placed at just 1312 feet (400 meters) from the Plaza de Armas, close to Playa Lobitos, just ideal for surfers or marine life lovers. The hostel has wifi, bar, rooms with cable TV, private bathroom and air conditioning. Besides that, there is laundry service and transportation to the airport at low-cost prices.
Río Verde Express Talara
Location: Av. Bolognesi 143-145 Rate: s/ 211 - s/ 318 It's one of the best options for the travellers who are just on their way in Talara, due to its location and quality service. The hotel's infrastructure is modern, with rooms of minimalist style that will be clean to you, with windows that provide a beautiful view over the port. It's an excellent place of rest, with comfortable beds, private bathroom and air conditioning to have a stay without worries in the warm Talara.
Important dates in Talara
Anniversary of Talara
(March, the 15th and 16th)
As many of the anniversary celebrations, this one starts with a serenade to the city in March the 15th, with artistic and cultural activities, to continue with the central day, the 16th, with a Tedeum mass, followed by civic acts as the raising of the flag and parades. Other events that you can enjoy in the context of the date are the choice and coronation of the Talara lady and the Feria Internacional de Talara, where participate artists from the interior and out of the country.