Lighthouses of Callao
Favorite thing: There are quite a number of lighthouses around this port. I did not see all of them.
La Punta de Callao (1) A tower, painted black with two white horizontal bands. The lighthouse has been relocated to stand outside DHN's oceanographic institute (Instituto de Investigación Oceanográfico) in Callao. Located near the waterfront in Callao, exact location unknown. I did not see this lighthouse, although I saw the model at the port entrance (photo 5)
La Punta de Callao (2) This light was supposed to be mounted atop a high-rise building of the Escuela Naval (Naval School) near the end of La Punta (The Point), a long point projecting into the Pacific at Callao. but I did not see it.
La Marina (Miraflores) - 1900 (relocated here in 1973), this is a round cylindrical metal tower, painted navy blue with white bands. This is the original Punta Coles lighthouse disassembled and rebuilt here in 1973. It has become Peru's best known and most visited lighthouse by far. Located in Parque el Faro on the seaside in Miraflores, southwest of Lima and southeast of Callao. We saw this one on a bus tour of Lima but did not get a good photo of it. The bad photo is #2.
Fondest memory: These were the ones I saw and photographed
Torre Reloj (Muelle de Guerra, Callao) 1930 (tower built about 1880). Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); two green flashes every 10 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical cast iron tower with gallery and lantern, painted black with two horizontal white bands. The lighthouse also has a large clock face mounted on each of the four sides of the lantern; the light is displayed from a short mast atop the lantern. "Torre Reloj" means "clocktower". Located at the end of a short pier on the Callao waterfront. Site open, tower closed. We saw this one on our wildlife tour.
Isla Palaminos - A round cylindrical (concrete?) tower, painted black with a single orange band; no lantern. Located on an island off Miraflores, about 3 miles south of Isla San Lorenzo. Accessible only by boat. We also saw this one from our Wildlife Tour.
Gran Almirante Grau: We saw this lighthouse when we came into the port, and again on the wildlife tour. A round metal tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a 1-story square base. Lighthouse painted with yellow and black horizontal bands. This appears to be the highest traditional lighthouse in South America, with a range of 37 km (23 mi). Located atop a very high bluff at the northwestern end of Isla San Lorenzo, the large island that shelters Callao harbor. Accessible only by boat. (photo 4)
- Historical Travel
- Sailing and Boating
Take a walk at the beach at La Punta
Favorite thing: Take a walk at the beach. Look at all the beautiful small stones that covers the beach. I could easily collect more than 20 different types. Unfortunately I couldn´t carry them home, but they were very fine shaped by the sea and time.
In the background you can see the two islands: El Fronton (to the left) and Isla San Lorenzo (the big one to the right).
- Family Travel
See the sun set at La Punta
Favorite thing: A place for a beautiful view of the sun set is La Punta, Callao.
The sun sets at 6-6.30 P.M all the year round. Be there!
But be careful when you return. Take a licenced taxi and go home safely.
La Punta is guarded as it is a tourist place, but do not enter other places in Callao when dark. Be careful even in daylight, keep to the main streets.