Fishing boats graduating in size from tiny to huge, Ilo Harbour, Moquegua Region
Ilo, in southern Peru’s Moquegua Region, is a fishing and copper mining port off the tourist map. Located in the Atacama Desert, Ilo receives almost no rain.
In September 2016 I travelled in a Flores bus 4.5 hours south from Arequipa to Ilo to visit a friend. The bus journey passed mountains, desert, irrigated sugar cane, garlic and potato fields and finally, the coast.
Central Ilo, harbour and coast from the surrounding hill the city
Chicharrón de pescado (a fried fish dish) served with rice and salsa criolla and accompanied by toasted corn kernels, lime halves and a hot sauce
Snack “Cevicheria” Poseidón‘s seafood menu
Close to Ilo harbour are several basic, great value seafood restaurants. At Snack “Cevicheria” Poseidón I ate a wonderful seafood soup followed by fried fish. Their location near the fishing port gives the restaurants access to the freshest seafood.
Fishing boats in Ilo harbour
Ilo harbour, city and surrounding hill
An Ilo pelican with its white, red and blue beak and various shades of grey feathers
Many pelicans hand around Ilo port likely waiting for fish scraps from local fishermen. I found the birds both beautiful and ugly and enjoyed watching them biding their time on the waterfront.
Two Ilo pelicans pose identically
Several pelicans next to the Ilo shore
A group of pelicans near a sea lion monument with pier and Ilo town in the background
Ilo is a pleasant place for a brief stay to enjoy the seafood and watch the pelicans.