Districts of Lima & Callao

Lima is not just the name of the capital of Peru. The district of Lima where the historical city center is located is called Lima. The surrounding region is called Lima. And to make it a bit more complicated, Lima is also the name of the Province, located in the Department of Lima.

Today Lima forms the region 'Lima Metropolitana'. They divide it into 43 districts (distritos). Thirty of these districts belong geographically to the city of Lima, and each has its own flair, charm and character. Thirteen of Lima's districts are surrounding the core of the urban area and are located outside of Lima in more rural zones. The province of Callao counts with 6 districts that officially belong to the Lima Metropolitan area.

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The District Lima

Districts of Lima & Callao
Lima is not only the name for the capital of Peru and the province around it but also one of the city's districts is called Lima. The district of Lima is characterized by some very different zones. While the industrial zone and residential areas might not be very interesting, the historic city center, actually the colonial capital of Peru that F...

The District Lince

Districts of Lima & Callao
Lince is a small district of Lima sandwiched between the district of Lima and San Isidro. Most of us will only drive through Lince on Av. Arequipa on our way from Miraflores to the city center. Lince can't be regarded as a popular tourism district or a historical valuable zone.

The District Los Olivos

Districts of Lima & Callao
Los Olivos is in the northern Cone of Lima and unofficially named the capital of "Cono Norte". It's one of Lima's most prosperous districts with a steady economical and social upwards trend. You find nice middle class residential areas, beautiful maintained green areas, all sorts of shopping facilities and universities.

The District Lurín

Districts of Lima & Callao
The ecological District of Lurín is around 36 km south of the Historic Centre of Lima between km 24 and 42 of the Panamericana Sur (Pan American Highway) and extends to the east along the Lurín Valley. The Valle de Lurín is a small basin, which has been able to resist immense urbanization and over-industrialization - at least so far. Lurín itsel...

The District Magdalena del Mar

Districts of Lima & Callao
Magdalena del Mar is a seaside district west of Lima's city center. In the early 20th century the area was suppose to develop as a popular spa and resort like neighbouring Miraflores or Chorrillos. Today Magdalena del Mar, founded as Marbella and known among Limeños just as Magdalena, is largely a residential area with well preserved ancient str...

The District Miraflores

Districts of Lima & Callao
Miraflores is without a doubt the most popular place for tourists, visitors, foreign expats and locals (who can afford it) to find accommodation, go shopping, have a good meal, relax in a nice café, party in one of the many bars, clubs and discotheques, savor the cultural life and enjoy your time.

The District Pachacamac

Districts of Lima & Callao
The district of Pachacamac is around 30 km south of Lima's city center. The Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac isn't located in the district of Pachacamac, but in neighbouring Lurín. Anyhow there are quite a lot of attractions in Pachacamac. The town itself is nice and calm with a typical colonial Plaza de Armas.

The District Pucusana

Districts of Lima & Callao
Pucusana is a pretty, traditional fishing village and even though it’s around 60 km south of Lima it still belongs to the Lima / Callao Metropolitan area (since 1950). The population lives mainly from fishing and tourism. The small port is the center of life in Pucusana. During the fishing high season hundreds of wooden boats land their catch on...

The District Pueblo Libre

Districts of Lima & Callao
Just 4 km from Lima's city center is the district of Pueblo Libre, founded already in 1557 as Magdalena de Vieja. In Colonial and early Republican times an area to rest and leisure of the Limeñan nobility Pueblo Libre today is a low to middle class residential community with numerous parks and some beautiful restored Colonial and Republican mans...

The District Puente Piedra

Districts of Lima & Callao
Puente Piedra (not the Puente de Piedra that connects the Historical City Center with Rimac) is a district of Lima in the Northern Cone. Like the neighbouring districts Comas, Los Olivos and Independencia, Puente Piedra has achieved in the last years a slow but steady economical and social growth.
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