Port of Callao

Callao is the port of the city of Lima and the most important of Peru. Besides all of its commercial activity, the zone of Callao has different tourist attractions, ranging from a historical center of viceregal and republican architecture, a couple of museums to abundant wildlife and history of the islands of its coast. This historical port is located 1 hour -by taxi- from our Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco, and here you will find all the information you need to discover the best of Callao.

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Photograph by: Daniel Angello

  • Callao Islands

A good way to start your journey is to embark early in the morning in the tour to the Callao islands, a group of islands that comprehends the following: San Lorenzo Island – the largest of the Peruvian littoral – which would have been used by the inhabitants of the pre-Hispanic Peru as a cemetery and for fishing. Then you go to the Fronton Island, where you can still see the remains of the ancient prison; in the Palomino Island you can swim with the thousands of seals that inhabit there, and observe different kinds of birds. Finally, in the Cabinzas Island you can see the remains of an old wharf of guano and, hopefully, the elegant Humboldt penguins.

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The municipality of Callao recommends the tour operator Eco Cruceros.  This tour leaves from the wharf Dársena, in the Plaza Grau (Callao). The tour lasts 4 hours and the schedules are from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am. The prices are: adults $45.97 (S/.129) and children $35.21 (S/.99)  approximately.

  • The Fortress of Real Felipe

One of the main attractions of the Callao is The Fortress of Real Felipe, scenery of attacks from corsairs, pirates and rebellions, both in times of the Viceroyalty as of the Republic. Built in the middle of the 18th century, currently it serves as headquarters of the Museum of the Army, where they are exhibiting objects, uniforms and weapons of the Peruvian militia.

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Photograph by: Daniel Angello

The fortress of Real Felipe is located on Independence Square, Callao (very near to the Av. Sáenz Peña). It’s open every day from 9:00 am to 16:00pm -we recommend to verify schedules, because they can change according to the month-.The prices are $1.78 (S/.5.00) for children up to 12 years, $3.56 (S/.10.00) for adults from 13 years and $5.35 (S/15.00) for foreigners; the tour lasts about 2 hours and a half.

  • The Site Museum of Naval Submarine Abtao

Continuing with the tour, we recommend you to visit the “Abtao” museum, named like that in honor of one of the most important combats in the history of Peru: the Spanish against the winning allies Peru-Chile in February 1866, in the coast of Abtao, Chile. Visiting this Museum will give you the opportunity to feel like a submariner for a day, as the tour begins in the torpedo compartment and continues through the bow, the central position, and the area of machines and engines.

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Photograph by: Daniel Angello

The Site museum of Naval Submarine Abtao is located on Jorge Chavez 120, Callao. Its opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 16:30 pm hours and prices are: over 10 years old $3.56 (S/10.00); under 10 years: $1.78 (S/ 5.00). The tour lasts approximately 50 minutes.

  • Lunchtime

Since ancient times, the “chalacos” have been men of the sea, therefore there will be no lost when eating at the Callao. We recommend that you stop by  the restaurant “El Mirador”, the food is very good and has a spectacular view of the beach where you can walk after eating. Another option for seafood is “El Colorao” – in Chucuito-, where you have to taste their acclaimed “Peñón Chucuitano” or the original “Ceviche Sonvana”.

The restaurant El Mirador is located on the Malecon Figueredo, 110 in the district of La Punta and “El Colorao” is located on the Malecón Figueredo, 617 in the neighborhood of Chucuito. Their opening hours are from Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 19:00.

The specialties of “El Mirador” are Rice with Seafood, Ceviche del Mirador and Parihuela… The average price of consumption per person goes from $10.69 (S/.30)  to $21.38 (S/.60) . On the other hand, “El Colorao” specialties are: Cebiche Son Vana, Veinte de Agosto, Peñón Chucuitano, Canto Rodado and Merlín el Colorao. The price range for person is $10.69 (S/30).

So If you are planning to visit Lima or you have a day off, Callao is an excellent alternative to discover a cultural and historical heritage of Peru, it will definitely be an enriching experience. If you haven’t found an hotel in Lima, you can stay at Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco hotel. Book now entering here and seize your day!

 

 

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The magic and mysticism of La Rosa Nautica

This emblematic Lima restaurant is located in an ancient wharf on the Costa Verde in Miraflores, in which cuisine, since its opening in 1983, have passed some of the most important chefs of the country.  With beautiful views in all of its rooms, where you can enjoy a spectacular sunset, La Rosa Nautica offers a varied menu of international dishes, – specializing in seafood -, and a bar that is considered one of the best of the capital.

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Adventure in the Sabancaya

The sun arises in Arequipa as we get ready to head toward the Sabancaya (5976 sea level), a volcano located in the high area of the Colca Valley. Its name – Sabancaya -  means “tongue of fire” in quechua , and it is considered among the most active volcanoes in Peru, having had it last activity in July 2013. Approaching its domain is an exciting experience and an adventure we highly recommend as a different way of sightseeing Arequipa.

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Dinner at “Balcones de Puno”

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Located in Libertad street, just around a block from our Tierra Viva Puno Plaza hotel, Balcones de Puno (Puno’s balconies) is a must stop if you are searching for the best of Puno’s cuisine. Acknowledged by TripAdvisor -the world’s largest travel site- with the Certificate of Excellence in 2013, and assorted with a magnificent variety of dishes made out of local products such as trout, alpaca and quinoa, this restaurant reasserts Puno’s roots with a daily  dinner-show starting at 7:30 pm. with traditional music and dances. No wonder why this city is known to be the capital of Peruvian folklore.

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Tierra Viva Hotels is now on Instagram!

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Living is not only about sharing significant moments of adventure and emotion, enjoying a great view from a terrace, a sunset or a special welcome, it is also about surprising yourself with the many touristic attractions and festivities that our magical Peru has to offer. For that reason, Tierra Viva Hotels, has decided to enter into the world of Instagram.

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Living the festival of Holy Virgin of Candelaria

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Among the many ancient feasts that are still celebrated in Peru, the Virgin of Candelaria festival stands out for being the most colorful and massive of them all, a symbol of the religious syncretism among aymara, quechua and spanish culture that is revealed through the dance of the peculiar characters that are part of its performance. This festivity is so outstanding that is even postulated to be included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible cultural heritage.

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Around Lima in 2 days

When it comes to sightseeing in the city of Lima and discovering its rich historical and architectural heritage, the experience can be a great adventure. Spanish colonial houses and archaeological sites contrast with modern tall buildings in a cosmopolitan city. And even though a tour around the Peruvian capital may require a few days, here we suggest a 2-day tour for tight schedules.

Lima: History, Cuisine and Culture

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Let’s start the day with a juicy breakfast on the terrace of the Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco; we will need all the strength possible to accomplish our objectives of the day. We should start at Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas (Main Square), located in the center of Lima, 35 minutes away from our hotel. There we will find the Cathedral of Lima, built upon the palace of Sinchi Puma Prince of Cusco, opened to the public in 1540.

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After that, you could walk two blocks in the direction of the Catacombs, inside the San Francisco Monastery, you will find impressive graves that lie underneath this church of baroque architecture, one of the best preserved in Lima (the admission price is S/. 7, and includes a guided tour).

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5 TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice awards for Tierra Viva hotels

The world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has granted five awards to 4 of our 6 Tierra Viva Hotels at the recently announced Travellers’ Choice 2014. Our winner hotels include Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco (two awards), Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza, Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi and Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza, which was also considered among the 25 most Romantic Hotels in South America.

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But, why is Tierra Viva the best choice for you in Peru?

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Tipón: Tribute to water

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The occupation of Tipón happened at around 1200 a.c. and it is believed that the first inhabitants belonged to the Wari Empire or to the Ayamarcas, a culture that lived in the valley of Cusco, located at about 20 km from Tipón. From this period remains the 6km of the defense wall that used to surround it. It was Pachacutec who 200 years later transformed it into the complex as we know it today.

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Arequipa’s School: La Compañia Church.

b07feac296184d43950d8bbdc5bf6c1cConsidered one of the greatest south american mestizo baroque edifications, La Compañía church, which began its construction in late XVI century, was entirely made in ashlar, the white volcanic rock that identifies the colonial urban structure of the Historical Center of Arequipa.

 

Located in one of the corners of the main square, La Compañia church has survived earthquakes and bomb attacks that have hit the so called  “White City”, as well as the persecutions and expulsions inflicted to Compañía de Jesús, the religious congregation that was founded in 1450  in the city of Rome by the spanish Ignacio de Loyola.

 

The temple and its cloisters are the most representative monuments of the Arequipa School, that influenced not only nearby churches such as Cayma, Yanahuara, Paucarpata and Characato, but also expanded through all the southern region all the way to Potosí in Bolivia, leaving true arquitectonic jewels as the Puno Cathedral.

 

According to spanish historian Bernales Ballesteros, is the carving in the frontage of La Compañia Church where the genuinely mestizo art is born and where the hispanic-american transculturalization process harmonically ends. The design comes from the peninsula, but the work on the stone and its decorative motives are orginal from that area. In the interior, the major altar stands out -one of the most beautiful in Arequipa-, that holds, at its center, the painting “La Virgen con el Niño” (The Virgin with young Jesus), from italian painter Bernardo Bitti, that came to Peru in 1575.

 

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