Until the middle of the 20th century, this noble city of antique homes and lovely beaches was the main port of the region and united the areas of the coast with the plains of Juliaca and Puno.
Mollendo, which is the capital of the province of Islay, began to grow in 1950 with the construction of the port of Matarani, one of the most well known in the country.
Although the city lost its harbor reputation, it maintained its fame and stamp of traditionalspas, with large houses that erected at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
The avenue Marshal Castile and the second block of the street Commerce conserve antique constructions. An example is the Villa Velasquez which was declared a historical monument in March of 1991.
The Levee Ratty, the Civic seat, the old railroad station, (which was constructed in the same factories as that of the Eiffel Tower), along with the Aquatic park are all urban corners of great interest. The greatest attraction however, is the 35 kilometers of beaches, perfect for prolonged swims in the ocean and opportunities to partake in nautical sports such as fishing and submarine hunting.