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Going Coastal

Set on a peninsula just a stone's throw from downtown Lima, historic Callao serves as Peru's chief seaport and a major point of entry via the Jorge Chavez International Airport. The city dates from the 16th century and includes its fair share of historic structures, not least the mighty fortress of Castillo de Real Felipe, built in the mid-1700s to combat pirates. The colorful houses in the fisherman quarter of Chucuito are another architectural highlight. Soaking up the seaside atmosphere is a big part of Callao's appeal, whether you're lounging on the pebble beaches of La Punta or you're taking an ecoutourism cruise out to the Palamino Islands, famed for their sea lions and seabirds.

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