Chimbote (Quechua: Chimputi) is the largest city in the Ancash Region of Peru, and the capital of both Santa Province and Chimbote District.
The city is located on the coast in Ferrol Bay, 130 km south of Trujillo and 420 kilometers (260 mi) north of Lima on the North Pan-American highway. It is the start of a chain of important cities on the Peruvian north coast like Trujillo, Chiclayo and Piura. The advantages of this geographic location made Chimbote into a transshipment junction for the Santa River valley.
The grand Catedral Nuestra Señora del Carmen y San Pedro Apóstol features elaborate religious art. Nearby, the Malecón sea wall faces Isla Blanca, an uninhabited, white islet accessible by boat
1 – 2 Days: Take a day or two to explore; usually a stopover transit town on the way to Huaraz