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Callao Port of Lima
CALLAO
Callao Info

The Constitutional Province of Callao, is really a city rather than a political entity. It forms part of the Lima Metropolitan Area and is the transportation hub of the entire country. It is the location of the Jorge Chavez International Airport, the largest in the country. Callao is also Peru's largest maritime port and was founded in 1537. During the Viceroyalty of Peru, all wealth extracted from the South American Continent had to pass through this city. This wealth is evident through the remaining colonial mansions and elaborately carved balconies which characterize the city. The Real Felipe Fortress is an important tourist attraction which was built in 1747 to protect the city from pirates such as Sir Francis Drake. The fortress also played a key role in the Peruvian War of Independence. Chucuito, a neighborhood of Callao, is known for its Gothic and neo-Renaissance houses as well as brightly colored homes. The district of La Punta, was once home to the beach houses of Lima's aristocracy and contains stately homes dating back to the early 19th Century. The La Punta district is characterized by an ocean boardwalk, pebble beaches, and elegant mansions. The islands of El Camotal, San Lorenzo, El Frontón, Cavinzas and Palomino are located just off the coast and are home to sea birds and sea lions.

Callao Tourist Information

Peru's foremost port, Callao has long enjoyed historical and commercial importance, having been founded in 1537, originally as a port of embarkation for merchandise to be shipped to Spain. Located 14 km from downtown Lima, Callao still features venerable wooden colonial mansions lined with long and elaborately carved balconies. Visitors can take in sights such as the Plaza Gálvez and Plaza Grau squares and the Iglesia Matriz church.
At the end of Saenz Peña Avenue stands the Real Felipe fortress, a vast construction dating back to 1747, when it was built to defend the port from pirates such as Drake, who sacked the city in the sixteenth century. The Real Felipe also played an important role in Peru's war of independence. One can also visit Chucuito, a small fishermen's cove lined with Gothic and neo-Renaissance houses, as well as typical wooden homes painted in bright colors nearby.
The tour continues on through La Punta, a traditional district which forms part of Callao and which is ideal for walking and taking in the tangy sea breeze. This old quarter, once the home of Lima's aristocracy, features a superb oceanside promenade, pebble beaches and stately homes dating back to the early days of the Republic at the start of the nineteenth century, as well as others from the 1930s-50s. Out to sea lie the islands of El Camotal, San Lorenzo, El Frontón, Cavinzas and Palomino, which can be visited in tours arranged by the Callao Town Hall. Tours set out from the Plaza Grau square, near the Real Felipe. During the tour, visitors will take in islands such as El Camotal, rich in scallops and which according to history was linked to Callao until the 1746 earthquake. The boat then skirts San Lorenzo, Peru's largest island, where religious ceremonies were performed in pre-Hispanic times. The island was later studied by Charles Darwin. To the north one can spot El Cabezo, an ideal beach for fishing, and the island of El Frontón, once a prison which housed the country's most dangerous criminals. The Cavinzas isles are a haven for sea birds, some of them migratory, and together with the Palomino isles form a set of islands which are a refuge for species such as sea lions.

Map of Callao
 
 
Callao Photo Gallery
 
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altitude
altitude
Capital:Callao (7 masl / 23 fasl)
Lowest point: 0 masl / 0 fasl
Highest point: 534 masl / 1752 fasl
 
 
Weather
weather
Its climate is humid and foggy most of the year, and warm and sunny during summer time (January, February, and March). It has an average annual temperature of 19ºC (66ºF). In summer, it reaches an average temperature of 30ºC (86ºF), and during winter, it drops to 14ºC (57ºF). 
 
 
Access routes
Access routes

By land:There is public transportation from several points of the city of Lima to the different districts of Callao andviceversa.
By air: The Jorge Chavez International Airport is located in the Callao department.

By sea:The port of Callao is the main harbor of the country.
 
 
Airport
airport
Jorge Chávez International Airport
Avenida Faucett, Callao. Telephone: (511) 595-0666 (reports on national and international flights). Attention: 24 hours. Web site: www.lap.com.pe.
 
 
Health Centers
health centers
Red Cross – Callao. Telephone: (01) 423-7779
Daniel A. Carrion Hospital. Telephone: (01) 429-6062
 
 
Local Police
police station

La Punta Police Station. Av. Brasil, La Punta
Carmen de la Legua Reynoso Police Station: Avenida 1º de Mayo 1108, Carmen de la Legua Reynoso
Telephone: (01) 562-1044
Callao Police Station: Av. Fernandini y Supe, Urb. Santa Marina Norte (Across from City Hall of Callao)
Telephone: (01) 453-5458
Playa Rimac Police Station: Jr. Miguel Grau, 2 block, Callao
Telephone: (01) 473-1301
Ramon Castilla Police Station: Jiron Talñará, Urb. Ramon Castilla, Callao
Telephone: (01) 453-4801

Sarita Colonia Police Station: Kilometer 2.5 of Avenida Gambetta, passing Callao Naval Base
Telephone: (01) 453-4801
 
 
Tourist Information
tourist information

REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OF CALLAO
www.regioncallao.gob.pe
IPerú, TOURIST INFORMATION. Email: travel@perutravel.pe or click here

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Callao Cuisine
 
Typical dishes :

Because it is a port city, Callao's cuisine is influenced by others like Cantonese, Pekinese, Mediterranean, Italian, French, and many others. The following is a list of typical dishes:

  • Cebiche: raw fish filet cut into pieces and marinated in lemon juice and aji limo (hot pepper). It is served with onions, corn, and sweet potato.
  • Leche de Tigre: Concentrated lemon juice, fish, and blended aji limo (hot pepper).
  • Parihuela: Concentrated fish and seafood soup.
  • Choritos a la Chalaca: Mussels with onions, tomatoes, cilantro, corn, and lemon, served in the shell.
  • Pan con Chimbombo: Fish sandwich, mainly silverside fish
Tumbes cuisine
Ceviche
 
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