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Address: Lima, Peru

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Port city of Lima. Go to the fish market!

This is the port city of Lima. A business and shipping area with tons of history. Go with someone who can tour you around and make sure you go to the fish market. Fantastic

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 August 2016
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This is the port city of Lima. A business and shipping area with tons of history. Go with someone who can tour you around and make sure you go to the fish market. Fantastic

Thank Chinapjs
Dallas, Texas
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686 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 306 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

The port is impressive. Not too far is the interesting fisherman's wharf where there are lots of sea life for sale. People repairing fishing nets, too. Nice beach. Lots of Pelicans.

Thank jbwhitehouse
Antibes, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

This Area of Lima has become quite dangerous if you dont know where to go or get lost. What is beautiful about Callao is that still have those Colonial houses,wish make certain areas quite colorful and with its own caracter..But i wouldn´t go with out a good guide or a person from that area.Not need to put yourself in danger.

1 Thank Tamiko_Ai
Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

Callao is not a nice city, it is dirty, smelly, with traffic jams everywhere. Yes this is the way people are living in Lima and unless you visit a quarter like this you cannot really tell people you have been to Lima. There is a lot of small shops and stands on the streets selling everything - from cheap fresh... More 

3 Thank Tretra
Bremen, Germany
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

The Minka-Market is the cleanest savest and best market from my pov there are not many tourist yet so the prices are low and everything is authentic. The area is quite dirty but after you entered by car or taxy u are in a clean and save are with fantastic fruits, vegteble, fish meat ... enough to see for about... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

Please seperate reviews about the neighbourhood Callao and La Puna. Although La Punta is part of this neighbourhood, it's a complete different place altogether. Where La Punta is nice and tourist friendly, Callao is a poor area where you shouldn't stop. When Waze directed us through the backstreets of Callao when we were on our way to Real Felippe, even... More 

2 Thank ErikvdW
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Real Felipe is a very interesting place, it has a lot of information about the old Spanish harbor, military officer outfits and weapons. Also cells and some Army artillery vehicles used during the war with Ecuador.

1 Thank efrenpmontes
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

Callao itself wasn't anything special, but we enjoyed our visit to the Real Felipe, the fort built by the Spanish in the 1700s to protect the gold they stole from Peru from being stolen from them by pirates! The tour lasts a little over an hour and was 15 soles per person. A lot of walking over rough surfaces and... More 

1 Thank La_Lori1
Malmo, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015

This is where the Jorge Chavez International Airport is and the harbour aswell so if you arrive by sea this is the landing spot. This area is a little bit roughf so be alert!

Thank DonDandy777
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2015

Violent crime is rampant in this part of the city (especially on the road from the airport) and it goes under-reported because the local police make filing a claim so difficult. Avoid.

7 Thank JohnByng

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