Located just up the coast from Lima, the seafront town of Callao has been Peru’s most important port since the colonial era and remains the capital’s principal cruise port, receiving thousands of annual visitors. With easy transport links to the center of Lima, most cruise travelers find themselves heading straight into the city, but there are still a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Callao itself. 

Explore the imposing Real Felipe Fortress, built during colonial times to protect the shores from pirate invasions and named after King Felipe V of Spain; hit the beach at La Punta; or discover Callao’s rich maritime history with a visit to the Abtao Submarine Museum and the Naval Museum. Callao is also the starting point for cruises to the Pacific islands of Palomino, Cabinzas and El Frontón, renowned for their variety of birdlife and sea lion colonies and a popular day trip from Lima.

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City Sightseeing Lima Open-Top Bus Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.00

Palomino Islands Sightseeing Cruise Including Swim with Sea Lions

Live an amazing experience as you enjoy a sightseeing boat tour of Callao/Palomino Islands and get to swim with sea lions near Lima. Your tour includes hotel ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.46

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