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Chimbote, Peru – An Unexpected Stop Due To A Protest

by on May 1, 2012

in Happy Nomad Tour, Latin America, Peru

More Desert From Trujillo To Chimbote

More Desert From Trujillo To Chimbote

As I mentioned about in my post about Trujillo, a protest by miners blocked the road between Chimbote and Casma.

I could have stayed in Trujillo, but I really wanted to get out of there. I didn’t like my living situation. While having lunch, I contacted the three people in Couchsurfing in Chimbote and all three sent me text messages offering to host me. I can’t explain how awesome that is. But it’s totally awesome!

Plaza de Armas In Chimbote

Plaza de Armas In Chimbote

I stayed with Paola and her family. The advantage of being in Chimbote was that as soon as the road opened back up again, I could get there quickly since there are vans that go to Casma all day. Plus, I’d get to see a new city!

Chimbote is right on the Pacific Ocean and although you can get good views from the city, it smells horrible. I think it was a combination of pollution and the area we were in being dirty – it didn’t help that as we arrived to the lookout a guy started peeing right next to us…

The Pacific Ocean From Chimbote

The Pacific Ocean From Chimbote

The Pacific Ocean From Chimbote - Overfishing Anyone?

The Pacific Ocean From Chimbote - Overfishing Anyone?

In the evening I met up with some of Paola’s friends and I got to try something new. It’s a warm pudding-like snack made of corn that had blackberry flavoring. I forgot what it’s called though. It wasn’t my favorite thing in the world, but it was ok.

Me With A Bag Of Blackberry Goo

Me With A Bag Of Blackberry Goo

Me And Paola

Me And Paola

In the end, another wonderful example of people being awesome. I wasn’t in a bind, but being able to stay in Chimbote made things much easier. And it was much nicer than staying another night in Trujillo. Paola and her family were extremely hospitable and nice.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’ll never get used to such kindness from absolute strangers. But I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

In the end, the road opened up the next morning and I headed to Casma to teach English!

About Adam Pervez

In mid-2011 I left my cushy corporate job and took the plunge into a life incorporating my passions of traveling, writing, volunteering, learning, educating, and telling stories. I study what happiness means to others, offer what I can from my engineering/MBA background as a volunteer, and try to leave each place better than how I found it. Read more.

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Javier May 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

that blackberry thing must be mazamorra morada. it’s made of purple corn

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Adam Pervez May 4, 2012 at 11:34 am

Yep, 100% right. Now I remember :) It was pretty good. Not as good as cancha dulce though, my addiction…

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