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OM57 La Punta – Pachacamac “CTI”

Though Callao in general is not a very recommendable place to visit for the average tourist, La Punta is the exception to the rule. On the map of Lima, La Punta is the peninsular part, the appendix so to say. Especially worthwhile is a visit to the Fortress Real Felipe. According to LimaEasy, the fortress is:

[..] Callao’s main attraction. Built over 250 years ago to defend the Peruvian coast and the harbour of Callao from attacks of pirates, it is the biggest and most impressive of all fortresses the Spanish crown erected overseas. Inside its walls, hallways and towers a piece of Peruvian history has survived. Since 1984 the fortress houses the museum of the Peruvian army, the ‘Museo Historico Militar Real Felipe’. Take a guided tour and discover another part of the Peruvian past (it takes about 2½ hours).

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Barranco

Barranco a the district next to Miraflores and is probably the most visited district after Miraflores and Centro de Lima by tourists. It has a beautiful seafront Malecon and it comes with its share of colonial houses. Some of them can be visited. An excellent option is to book a walking tour with LimaWalks. Barranco has the reputation of being a bit of a Bohemian district.

Barranco is a small district, and in terms of public transport there are basically three options. The first option is the north-south route from Miraflores towards Chorrillos (and vice versa). This route passes the Plaza de Armas and the Puente de Suspiros and a bit further towards Chorrillos the museo Pedro de Osma. The Ruta Recomendable to take is the yellow line SO08 “La 4SA”.

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a Bike Tour with 20% discount

There are various exciting ways to discover Lima. Obviously riding a combi is one way. Another is to take a LimaWalk and discover Lima walking. Or you could decided to go on a bicycke with BikeTours of Lima. Some people might argue that Lima is far too dangerous for biking, but this is absolutely not the case. BikeTours says on their own website:

“…the tours are carried out mainly over bike lanes, beautiful parks, wide sidewalks, one way streets and always on flat areas. That is what make our tours suitable for people of all ages and levels.”

BikeTours offers three different tours. One could choose for the Bay Tour. This means biking in Miraflores, Barranco and Chorrillos all along the malecon (the seaside boulevard). This is a tour of about 4 hours and is very relaxing. Another option would be the Urban Tour. This 3-hour tour takes in Miraflores and a part of San Isidro. An option which is only available on Sundays is the Downtown Tour, going to Centro de Lima.

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Historical Trams in Lima

I knew Lima used to have electric trams in the past, but it didn’t occur to me that old maps might have survived of this tram network. It turns out that they did. Allen Morrison has a truly stunning website about trams in Peru. Among other things the website contains a map of the tram network in Lima.

I was actually searching on the web for another historical map: the 1983 edition of Lima2000‘s Lima Street Map, which includes a Mapa de Rutas. I know this, because the other day I visited the offices of Lima2000 and they showed me their archive copy. Should anyone have more information about this map (the only example I know of, that maps all the routes in Lima), please leave me a comment.