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 Punta Hermosa

Districts of Lima & Callao
Punta Hermosa is located 42 km south of Lima's City center along the Panamericana Sur (Pan American Highway). It is well known for its beaches and attracts many beachgoers every summer. As a lot of them rent apartments there during this time, the beachfront is getting plastered with apartment blocks.

The District Punta Negra

Districts of Lima & Callao
Punta Negra is around 47 km south of Lima's city center along the Panamericana Sur (Pan American Highway). It is well known for its beaches and attracts many beachgoers every summer. Its northern beaches are popular with surfing enthusiast for their great waves.

The District Rimac

Districts of Lima & Callao
Located directly to the north of downtown Lima, the district of Rimac is separated from Lima's historical city center just by the River Rimac. Rimac never was considered to be a very wealthy district, but full of Peruvian culture and probably the most vibrant part of the city in colonial and republican times. Some of the best peñas and creole re...

The District San Bartolo

Districts of Lima & Callao
San Bartolo is a beautiful seaside resorts south of Lima. Located at around km 52 of the Pan Americana directly on the Pacific Ocean San Bartolo is known for its clean waters, small bays with nice beaches and perfect waves that are ideal for surfers.

The District San Borja

Districts of Lima & Callao
San Borja is a small district east of Lima's city center. Originally a part of the district Surquillo, it was established as a separate district in June 1983. San Borja is one of the few districts of Lima which was planned from the beginning and developed in an orderly fashion.

The District San Isidro

Districts of Lima & Callao
San Isidro is the major financial district of Lima, but also a district with many gardens, parks and a quite exclusive residential area. Next to modern office blocks occupied by the main businesses and financial institutions, you find exclusive shops, excellent restaurants, inviting bars, cafes and of course many hotels.

The District San Juan de Lurigancho

Districts of Lima & Callao
San Juan de Lurigancho (SJL) is located northeast of Lima's city center. It's the most populated district in Peru. More than 10% of Lima's population lives here. Although it has areas of economic activity and acceptable living conditions, it is also home to numerous slums and extensive urban poverty.

The District San Juan de Miraflores

Districts of Lima & Callao
San Juan de Miraflores (SJM) is located in the Cono Sur of Lima (Southern cone). The district is one of Lima's pueblo jovenes (young towns), and arose from the desert-like lands when people from other districts of Lima moved in the middle of the 1950s.

The District San Luis

Districts of Lima & Callao
San Luis is a small district close to Lima's city center. It's mostly a middle class residential area, but home to a growing number of smaller companies.

The District San Martín de Porres

Districts of Lima & Callao
San Martín de Porres (SMP) is located in the Cono Norte of Lima (Northern cone). It lies on the north bank of the Rímac River. San Martín de Porres was named after and in honour of the famous Dominic friar San Martín de Porras. The district is among the oldest and best developed of Lima's pueblos jóvenes (young towns).
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