Not to be confused with Ciudad Eten (Eten City), Puerto Eten is a fishing village 19km south of Chiclayo, accessible by convi (a small bus) for S/ 2.40 (89 Canadian or 86 US cents). With less than 3000 people it is small and seemed overly quiet, but it has a warm feeling. Its houses are old and colourful and the beaches are numerous (12).
In the 1960s, the port was the most important of the Lambayeque region; all of the locally-produced sugar cane and sugar was exported from Puerto Eten and many products were imported from other regions.
While the dock is used much less nowadays, a new and improved port is in the development plans for Puerto Eten. It is expected to create more jobs for families who make a living from artisan fishing.
While I actually took this picture a few weeks ago at Pimentel, a few kilometres up the coast,
it captures the artisan-style fishing that is common in Puerto Eten, using these hand-made boats…
I’m hoping to have a full beach day one day soon as spring rolls on by and summer approaches. The daily temperatures are about 22 degrees (C) in the day and 17 at night (63 to 72 degrees F), which may not sound like much for a location so close to the equator, but it feels ideal. Although there is usually a steady breeze, Chiclayo also has a very high UV index of about 14 on most days, so one needs to limit their time in the sun, even if they don’t feel too hot with the nearly constant breeze.