Callao Travel Guide

  • Fort from the bus
    Fort from the bus
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    Statue of military man
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    Marina lighthouse
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Callao Things to Do

  • Mar Adentro (Wildlife Tour)

    This was one of the best tours we took in Peru. We got on an open boat (two 115 hp engines) with about 25 other people. I sat in back because I thought we might get wet in the front. I was right, but it was harder to take pictures because people kept standing up in front of me and also the boat was jumping around which made focusing with a...

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  • BAP Abtao

    BAP Abtao is a Sierra-type submarine which was launched as Tiburon (Shark). In 1957 her name was changed to Abtao in memory of the naval battle of 7 February 1866 fought between the Spanish and Purvian/Chilean naval squadrons. The Peruvians, under Captain Manuel Villar were victorious. We saw this submarine when we went on our wildlife tour.This...

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  • Fortaleza del Real Felipe

    This fort, the largest one in the Republic of Peru was built to ward off pirate attacks stemming from the fact that galleons loaded with the Inca gold left from this port. It is a pentagonal star shaped fort. Today it is under the jurisdiction of the Army and contains the Army Museum of Peru. The Viceroy Jose Antonio Manso de Velasco, Conde de...

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  • The Beach

    In La Punta there are good beaches. Water is quite clean, and the waves are not so strong. Beaches are full of round stones, but there is small sand, too. Don't worry about sinking, the beaches are crowded by red-clothed life-guards.Besides swimming, it's possible to water-ski, too.

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  • VISITA A LA FORTALEZA DEL REAL FELIPE

    Recorrer los edificios de la Fortaleza del Real Felipe, fortaleza de los tiempos coloniales que defendía al puerto del Callao y a Lima de los piratas. Muy bien conservado y en manos del ejército peruano como Museo Histórico Militar. Soldados con trajes de época actúan como guías.

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  • Fortaleza del Real Felipe

    The fortress was constructed to protect Callao and was completed 1767 after 20 years work. It has the form of a pentagon. Each point has a place for canons, two of the points have towers.The stones for the walls (4.30 m high) were shipped from the island Lorenzo outside Callao.During a period in the first years of independence (1821-) the fortress...

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Callao Transportation

  • Boats and Ships

    Standing on the deck of the Statendam I could see lots of other kinds of ships in the harbor. There was always someone entering or leaving. If it wasn't a freighter, or a tour boat, it was the Peruvian Navy. Callao is essentially a water based town, so getting there by boat is the way to go.

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  • Clock Tower Lighthouse

    When we were on the excursion to the outlying islands we saw several lighthouses - this one was right on the harbor front in Callao located at the end of a short pier. This is the Muelle de Guerra Light AKA Torre Reloj Lighthouse [torre (tower) and reloj (clock] The tower was built about 1880. This is an active lighthouse since 1930. It is a round...

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  • Local Buses

    Even in Callao, the people use the little local buses. Buses range from repurposed school buses to the regular big tour buses. There are Turistic buses and regular route buses. There is even an ap for the Callao bus routes.The transportation options consist of a chaotic system of privately owned and operated big buses, medium-sized micros (coasters...

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Callao Local Customs

  • Street Cleaners

    In the Lima region, there are many people who take care of cleaning the streets - they do not have machines to do this, they use brooms. They have little carts that they wheel around with their cleaning tools in them and I think they also pick up trash and take it away in the cart. They also water and keep up the plants in the median strips and in...

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  • Tsunami Evacuations Routes

    Because Callao is right on the water and is in an earthquake zone, they have an emergency evacuation procedure. Records only date back to the late sixteenth century, but since that time, large earthquakes centered off the Peruvian coast have generated several destructive tsunamis (1586, 1604, 1647, 1687, 1746, 1865, 1868, 1914, 1942, 1960, 1966,...

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Callao Warnings and Dangers

  • Drug Dogs

    At Lima-Callao international airport there are dogs nosing around your luggages for drugs. But at least the coca leaves are not consided as drugs by them, although - as fas I know - they are forbidden to carry to Europe.

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  • Airport Tax

    Do not use all of your currency in Peru. At airport they ask taxes (19.50$ in Feb 2007) before flight, and that amount you shoud have in cash, otherways you may have problems.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Callao Off The Beaten Path

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    El Frontón and Los Palominos Islands

    by grandmaR Written Jan 16, 2009

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    There is an island off Callao where the terrorists of Communist Party of Peru of 1980, more commonly known as the Shining Path, which was a Maoist guerrilla organization in Peru were imprisoned. They were responsible for the deaths of thousands of inhabitants of the rural regions of Peru.

    On June 18, 1986, the Shining Path led an uprising on El Frontón, took over the prison and killed the guards. The Governor ordered the Peruvian Navy to bomb the islands and kill the terrorists.

    The Navy did take over the prison but when the prisoners surrendered they were executed without a trial.

    This island is off limits for tourist landings, but you can see if if you take the Wildlife Tour. Also on that tour you can see other islands which are off limits because they are bird nesting areas.

    Prison Island Islands from the ship Pelican's nesting areas Islet with birds Out of focus picture of a lighthouse
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Callao Sports & Outdoors

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    Water Sports

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 25, 2016

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    Callao is the port for the capitol city of Lima. This is where the cruise ships dock. This is one of the Navy bases for Peru.

    There is a yacht club here in Callao and an associated marina so there is sailing, and windsurfing and other water activities. And a lot of people fish.

    Windsurfers? Small sailboats Entering the Yacht Club Boats in the marina
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Callao General

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  • Marina for Lima

    Callao has the harbor for big ships for Lima, the biggest Naval base in Peru and also some yacht club marinas. Since not many regular people in Peru own boats, the marina is working on educating crew and workers, such as painters to assist people who might want to have a boat. The marina is has a travel lift, at present the yard can service more...

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  • Navy Base

    We went by the Naval base on our way to the excursion. Callao has the most important naval base in the country, as well as the most important naval shipyard.This Naval Base includes a prison which holds Abimael Guzmán, the leader of the Shining Path terrorist organization, and Vladimiro Montesinos, the ex-director of internal security during the...

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  • Lighthouses of Callao

    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...

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