Getting Around, Chimbote Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Chimbote, Ancash, Peru)
The port of Chimbote is amongst Peru's most appealing and longest, stretching for many miles and offering a choice of boat trips and ferry transport, with ferries regularly travelling to and from nearby Salaverry. However, most visitors simply choose to travel around the Chimbote area and northerly coastline by using bus transport.
Typical of many cities in Peru
, the bus terminals within Chimbote are to be found is some rather diverse locations. Bus transport is fairly seasonal, and as demand changes, so do the services provided. Alternatively, you can travel around by taxi for just a little more, using your own timetable.
Teniente FAP Jaime Montreuil Morales Airport (CHM) / Arriving by Air
The historic Teniente FAP Jaime Montreuil Morales Airport has served the city of Chimbote and the Ancash Region for more than 50 years, although this facility is really rather small and does not handle any commercial flights. Therefore, it is far more likely that you will arrive in Trujillo's Capitán FAP Carlos Martinez de Pinillos International Airport to the north, or alternatively, the enormous Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, to the south.
Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) Guide
Car rental in Peru doesn't really come highly recommended for several reasons. The roads tend to often be of a fairly poor quality, badly signposted and often extremely dusty. Therefore, more and more tourists who wish to travel around in a hire car are choosing to rent these vehicles, complete with driver. Whilst having your very own driver might sound somewhat extravagant, it is actually quite an affordable luxury in Peru.
Buses and Coaches
Most visitors to Chimbote will find themselves travelling around onboard a bus at some stage, particularly if budget is an issue, and with approximately 30 different bus carriers available, you can be assured of plenty of choice. The city contains a modern, main bus terminal, which is known locally as the 'Terminal Terrestre' and is situated some 5 km / 3 miles to the south of the centre. Regular buses operate daily here and travel to an array of Peruvian destinations, such as Huaraz - via the Callan Pass (five hours), Lima
(six hours) and Trujillo
(three hours). The most noteworthy bus transport companies in Chimbote include Cruz del Norte, Movil and also Turismo Paraiso. Close by, further buses are on hand in nearby Tepsa and travel to Cajamarca, Lima and Tumbes.
There are currently no train services within in this particular area of Peru.
Taxis are readily available around the city and make perfect sense for short journeys, since they are both convenient and very cheap, in comparison to western prices. 'Colectivo' taxis are never far from the Plaza de Armas.