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Callao, Lima

(2.2/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Peru's largest port of entry, Callao boasts a rich history dating back to the 16th century, when it was established by Spanish colonists. The seaport connected Peru with the rest of the world since colonial times, and today contains Lima's international airport. Explore the harbor area lined with small wooden houses and seafood restaurants, or relax on one of the pebbled beaches. The area is also a popular base for exploring the nearby islands and the starting point for many boat tours catering to nature lovers interested in spotting penguins and sea lions. Make Callao a part of your Lima vacation plans using our Lima holiday planner.
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  • Lima was free so I went by bus. In did not listen to port and, sure enough, unloading trucks and container terminal staff, too much tourism. Dangerous in that they could not feel the pounding running a huge truck and trailer so scary accident.
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  • The best experience is in my cute Callao, recommended for people who want to go to enjoy the gastronomy of the story, the adventure in its nature and especially the beautiful people that welcomes you with great joy. Here you can stroll through sides like the corner of Atahualpa who is the place where famous singers are always going to celebrate with the people of Peru, walk through the fishing port and end your day eating ceviche.
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  • An experience not recommended for all audiences, in the month of October we have very cold air, very chopped sea (strong waves) and the stench of the Islands. It was a very extreme experience, my 62-year-old mother, the step very badly by the freezing cold, the sickness of the waves and the putrid smell of the fecal eces of wolves, could qualify how nauseating smell. We spent 4 hours of terror, my group no one enjoyed it to 100. It is not a beautiful experience because of the dizziness and the smell or you enjoy the visit. If you don't have a stomach of steel, don't go
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