Callao

(5 meters) above sea level

 

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Port, Sea, and Islands

This is the vital route for trade both into and out of Peru. It has mansions with pretty balconies, museums, churches and the fortress of King Felipe, which survived wars and pirate attacks. As well as tradition, in Callao you can enjoy nature on the islands of Palomino and San Lorenzo, in the Humedales de Ventanilla (wetlands) or on the pebble beaches.

It is just a couple of minutes away from Lima.

  • Location: Central west coast of Peru. 12 km (7 miles) from downtown Lima.
  • Size: 158 Km2 (61 sq. miles).

Routes & length of stay

1 Day

(Minimum
recommended
length of stay)

  • 1 Day: Historic centre (museums and mansions), Felipe Royal Fortress, La Punta district beach resort, El Paraíso Archaeological Complex, Palomino, Cavinzas, San Lorenzo and Frontón Islands,Humedales de Ventanilla (Wetlands) 
 

What to eat?

The port of Callao is very abundant fish and given so much to him and fished throughout the coast, which come every evening many fishing boats and Spaniards, Indians and blacks as full of differences gifted fish such as mackerel, anchovies, which are sardines, bream, bream, sunfish and other species of fish regaladísimos. As in all populations of the coast, fish and seafood are essential elements of popular power. Between meals who achieved citizenship card in Callao include ceviche, the litter, the chupín, chalaca the mussels to the crackling of squid tartar sauce and sea bass chalaca.A dish is coveted muchame, in whose preparation dolphin drying brine is used. Chinese influence in our kitchen is also present: next to appreciate a ‘Chaufa Seafood.

Typical dishes callao

 

La Parihuela: It is a concentrated fish broth , prepared with machete, corvina or cojinova with calamres , crabs , mixed with Chinese onion , tomato , garlic , mint , onion, ginger , oregan

Choritos A La Chalaca: It has a simple preparation : about choro pussy with onion , tomato , cilantro , lemon juice , salt and corn mixed.

Callao Attractions in the City
La Merced Tower Plaza – Callao Attractions

La Merced Tower Plaza – Callao Attractions

Visiting Hours : Daytime and at night. Location : Parallel to block 9 of Malecón Santiago Figueredo. Callao Replica of the original Tower of La Merced, where Colonel José Gálvez Egúsquiza sacrificed himself. On this site in 1866, the...

Independence Plaza – Independence Main Square

Independence Plaza – Independence Main Square

Visiting Hours : Daytime and at night. Location : Ave. Sáenz Peña block 1. Callao A plaza with well-maintained gardens, located in front of the entrance to Royal Felipe Fortress. One notable attraction is a large ornamental bronze fountain...

Francisco Bolognesi Plaza – Main Square Francisco Bolognesi Peru

Francisco Bolognesi Plaza – Main Square Francisco Bolognesi Peru

Visiting Hours : Daytime and at night. Location : Ave. Sáenz Peña block 5. Callao Regarded as Callao’s Plaza de Armas (Main Plaza), where the most important civic ceremonies are held. It features an ornamental fountain and a statue...

Callao Cathedral – Peru Attractions

Callao Cathedral – Peru Attractions

Visiting Hours : During mass. Location : Jr. Constitución block 2, Plaza Grau. Callao One of the port’s oldest temples. Built in 1833 by Antonio Dañino, a prosperous merchant, and renovated in 1876. Called the Church of Saint Simon...

Real Felipe Fortress – City Tours in Callao

Real Felipe Fortress – City Tours in Callao

Visiting Hours : Mon – Sun 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. Location : Plaza Independencia. Callao Built in 1747 from a design by Frenchman Luis Godín, it was one of the most important forts in the Americas, and played...

Callao Attractions Beyond the City
San Lorenzo and Frontón Islands – Tourist Islands

San Lorenzo and Frontón Islands – Tourist Islands

Visiting Hours : Daytime, prior reservation required. Length of tour: 4 hours. Restricted access to Frontón island. Location : Opposite the district of La Punta (45 minutes by motorboat). Callao Two islands make up the Palomino islands: the first...

Abtao Naval Submarine Museum – Submarine Force Museum

Abtao Naval Submarine Museum – Submarine Force Museum

Visiting Hours : Tue – Sun 9.00 am – 4.30 pm, general public. Tue – Friday 9.00 am – 4.30 pm, schools. Location : Marina Yacht Club, Ave. Miguel Monteverde Win w/o No. Callao Visitors can explore six of...

Callao Festivals
Anniversary of Callao as Constitutional Province – Callao Festivals

Anniversary of Callao as Constitutional Province – Callao Festivals

  Callao Begins: 22-April Ends: 22-April On this date, people commemorate the naming of Callao as a Constitutional Province in 1857. Celebrations comprise a series of activities such as tourist excursions, painting competitions, history exhibitions, Tedeum Mass, civic-patriotic ceremonies, and parades,...

Day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul – History of Saint Paul

Day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul – History of Saint Paul

  Callao Begins: 19-June Ends: 19-June A traditional procession is held, with the image of Saint Peter sailing by the pier in a fishing boat, followed by other boats decorated with flowers.

Virgin Carmen de la Legua – Festivals in Callao Peru

Virgin Carmen de la Legua – Festivals in Callao Peru

  Callao Begins: 15-July Ends: 15-July A very popular procession in which the image of the Patroness of Sailors and of Callao is taken from its sanctuary to the Mother Church. This image allegedly arrived from Spain in 1606, and it...

Callao Anniversary – Callao Festivals

Callao Anniversary – Callao Festivals

  Callao Begins: 20-August Ends: 20-August It commemorates the creation of the Litoral Province of Callao in 1836, which granted political autonomy to the first port. Nowadays, an important Salsa festival is organised here, and the best national and international singers...

Lord of The Sea – Festivals in Callao

Lord of The Sea – Festivals in Callao

  Callao Begins: 28-October Ends: 28-October A carved wooden image of Christ is carried through the streets. The story goes that in 1756, Mr. and Mrs. Casavilca found this image on the Aguilar Ranch. At first, it was named Señor de...

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