As a district of Lima, Peru, Chorrillos was founded in 1857 as one of the most luxurious beach resorts in the capital. It is currently located 19km away from Lima’s historic center.
The name Chorrillos means “trickle of water” in Spanish, and the name is quite fitting as it derives from the trickles of water that would flow down from the mountains into the sea in a waterfall-like fashion. Residents and visitors of Chorrillos used to bathe themselves in these water trickles when they flowed naturally.
The most popular beach of Chorrillos, Agua Dulce, means “sweet water”, which is another homage to the natural waterfalls that flowed from the mountains to the beaches.
The fisherman’s pier:
Fishermen who reside in Chorrillos are dedicated to artisanal fishing, traveling within 5 miles of their home beach to find local fish and ocean delicacies. While this fishing style has been in practice for many years, and is protected by the government, it has become a harder fishing style to maintain in recent years. This is due to the lack of new fish spawns, since larger fishing boats do not leave any leftover fish behind.
Whether or not you like to fish, you might enjoy taking a scenic boat ride down the coast of Lima to appreciate the beautiful views. This is a perfect opportunity for those who wish to escape from the bustle of city life for a little while.
At the market, I experienced the opportunity to buy freshly-caught fish at a great price from the fishing terminal. The fishermen offer these fish at a much more affordable price than you would find at your local supermarket. On a typical day, you can find a wide variety of seafood options at this wharf. I saw numerous fish, scallops, and crabs available for purchase. The fisherman will bring fresh catches in from the sea several times per day.
The beach of Agua Dulce:
Being the most popular destination in Chorrillos among the working-class people in Lima, Agua Dulce is quite busy during the summertime. On weekends, there are up to 40,000 visitors on the beach at once. Local families make up the majority of the crowds, although there are plenty of visitors from all parts of the mountains of Peru.
This beach is ripe with warm sand and pleasant waves. The green flag makes it a safe and fun spot for those who wish to swim, surf, or just float along in the warm water.
However, there is sometimes a problem with jellyfish. Be sure to look out where you are swimming if you go during jellyfish season.
Where to eat:
If you’re feeling hungry, you must certainly make the trip down to Sonia Restaurant. This is my favorite restaurant in Lima, and one of the best places to find fresh fish. The restaurant is named after its founder, Sonia, who used to sell fish directly at the pier but decided to open a restaurant with her family.
This is a well-respected restaurant preferred by the limeños. On the menu, you’ll find a variety of Peruvian dishes made with fresh fish and seafood, close to the traditional style of the culture. There is also live music playing, making it a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
My favorite dish is the Peruvian Ceviche, which goes great with a Pisco sour cocktail – be sure to try it out!
How to get there:
The best way to get to the fisherman’s pier on Chorrillos is by taxi. During the summers, you can access a bus service to the beaches as well.
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