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 Island Palomino

Districts of Lima & Callao
The Palomino Island consists of four islands: La Viuda, Cavinza or as well known as Cabinza, Roca Horadada and Farallón. The gigantic rock formations are a natural refuge for a wide variety of Peruvian animal life. You will find lots of sea lions, sea birds like pelicans, cormorants or Inca tern and the famous Humboldt Penguin.

The Island San Lorenzo

Districts of Lima & Callao
San Lorenzo is the largest island offshore Callao. It's about 8 km long and 2.2 km wide. The ancient inhabitants of the Callao region worshipped the island as place of the goddess Shina and adored it for its beauty and richness in fish and other seafood. The archaeologist Max Uhle discovered a prehistoric temple and a cemetery with over 3000 gra...
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