Orange shores of a turquoise ocean

arrangement in orange

Arrangement in orange

I had already left the part where the Ilo river meets the ocean. I wanted to walk a bit more before the lunch, just because I prefer to use my legs to know the world. This is the chronicle of that walking.

Orange land
Wave slap!

wave slap!

Ilo city has the most beautiful sandy beaches of the Peruvian south, but they are here and there; mostly the shoreline is rocky, mostly a kind of orange, they resemble prehistoric animals coming back to the sea.

last days of winter

Last days of winter

In the bottom

in the bottom

dinsoaur egg

Dinosaur egg



Green and black

Green and black

Fracture in the landscape

Fracture in the landscape

I hear all of you

I hear all of you

Machines to hear the sea…

Say me blue
Four against the waves

Four against the waves

The sea in Ilo is strange. It has turquoise mainly, but also sometimes it’s a milky silver, a pure blue, the sunset gives to it other palettes. It’s usually pacific.



Those days of winter, the water seemed made of ice, you could think in an iceberg melting.

Prepare for impact!

Prepare for impact!

Waiting the sun of the west

Waiting the sun of the west

Park of rocks
Little head seeing the bit of open sky

Little head seeing the bit of open sky

Time runs so I walked till this park, it’s designed with emphasis in preserve the natural rocks.

Glimpse to  the ships

Glimpse to the ships

The artisanal ships of the fishermen crown the line of the sea. They can come so far as 1700 kilometers (one thousand miles) from the North of Peru.

Line of ships

Line of ships

inside the kingdom of rocks

Inside the kingdom of rocks


So it was time to lunch. I went to the fishermen terminal where the fish is fished the same day.  Even more if you are a fisherman or fisherwoman you can bring your own fish to be cooked there.

from the sea

From the sea

14 thoughts on “Orange shores of a turquoise ocean

    1. It was very delicious, indeed, but it’s first time I heard about Tilapia, thank you! if I don’t remember well (I have a quite bad memory for names) if it was pintadilla or pejesapo.

  1. I like the imagery of ‘prehistoric creatures returning to the sea’. The turquoise waters make a lovely backdrop for the rugged coastline, and the boats in the distance add depth. I wonder what they’re catching….

    1. Hi, Melissa :-) The boats are waiting. Their places to fish are deep in the sea, the bigger of the artisanal one goes away even or a whole month in missions that cost them thousands of soles and sometimes they cannot recover the investment, and others they can get a lot more in returns.

  2. I am breathless… Such an infinity of treasures. Thank you for being the witness that you are, and for sharing those visions of beauty. I litterally took a deep breath after almost each picture, as if I had held my breath too long.
    And tell me Francis, those fishing boats, is there always that many? It seems amazing to me. And beautiful at the same time. From another era or something, my naivety I guess. ^_^
    And I would have loved to share that meal with you. I love fish.

    1. Thank you for your kind message, dear Caroline; you know what I feel when I travel to Ilo.
      Those fishing boats are always in that number, the other part is traveling along the Peruvian coast (although Ilo has a bit more ships that other cities), then come back and the ones there go to the sea so the number doesn’t change. It’s the same in every coastal city in Peru because in part our civilization started thousands of years ago due to the fishing activity, the need to make nets for fishing started the textil tradition and in the times of the Inca Empire there were rich people in the coast with thousands of ships… It’s a tradition in our country.
      “And I would have loved to share that meal with you. I love fish” I love fish too, but I’m sure I would be fascinated to lunch with you that I would be totally lost seeing the eyes and hearing the voice of the person whose words and images I grow to love so much… A big hug, take care Caroline n_n
      (Post-Data: the fish was delicious!:D)

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