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Known for its beaches, Camaná is a magnet for Arequipeños in the summer months (December-March). Outside this time, this small fishing village, like all the other coastal villages, is nearly empty.
Camaná, the capital of the province with the same name, played an important role during colonial times when supplies were unloaded here before being transferred to Arequipa and the silver mines in Posotí, Bolivia. It was also once home to the Waris, Collaguas, and Incas. But perhaps the most significant history was more recent—and devastating. In 2001 Camaná was on the brink of becoming the coast's next big tourist destination, but a tsunami, resulting from a 8.4 earthquake, leveled hotels, homes, and restaurants. Eight-meter-high (26 feet) waves wiped out most beach resorts along the popular beach La Punta. Camaná is slowly becoming a beachgoers' haven again.
Camaná at a Glance
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