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Isla El Fronton is a colossal rock structure which, for years, served as a penal colony and a feared political prison. At the moment, it is abandoned, but tourists who wish to know something about this coastal area occasionally visit, and the island became legendary after a prison riot in 1986. As on the other Callao islands, seal colonies provide a beautiful view. It is accessible by boat and by ferry, which departs from Puerto del Callao. The journey takes 30 minutes on average.
This beautiful oasis of calm amid the tumult of the modern city allows a breath of fresh air and the chance to meditate upon droplets of water springing from its fountain. Legend has it that these handsome woods sprouted from just three small branches, planted by the humble Peruvian saint, San Martín de Porras. The expanse formed part of the Limatambo hacienda belonging to the Dominican Monks. As fate would have it, the city's financial district is situated on a parcel of that land. Not only is it considered a historic site, on Fridays and Saturdays it bristles with newlyweds who choose this as a romantic backdrop for wedding pictures.
Considered to be the largest and highest island found off the Peruvian coast, it is eight kilometers long, three kilometers wide and 370 meters high. Here, you can find natural caves, abysses, beaches and ravines that offer magical views. The historian Francisco Quiroz proved that the English pirate Jacobo Heremite Clerck, who died in 1624, is buried on this island. The island also served as a refuge for the Spanish Armada in 1866 during the Battle of Angamos. At the moment, the deserted island is controlled by the Navy. It is accessible by boat or by ferry, which leaves from Puerto del Callao. The journey takes about 30 minutes on average.
The Historic Centre of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most visited destinations in Peru. Famously known as the “Ciudad de los Reyes” or “City of Kings,” it is the heart of the capital. It is home to significant religious and public building from the 17th and 18th Century, most of which illustrate the Hispano-American Baroque style of architecture. The splendid Cathedral of Lima is replete with a gold-plated altar and features the ashes of the city's founder, Francisco Pizarro. The Archbishop Palace is the seat of the Archbishop, while Basilica and Convent of San Francisco comprises the chapels of La Soledad and El Milagro. Explore the picturesque San Martín Square and Torre Tagle Palace, and the iconic Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and Convent of Santo Domingo.
Immigration and colonization have helped make Lima the cultural melting pot that it is today. Founded in 1532 by the invader Francisco Pizarro, it has beautiful beaches, sidewalk cafes, drama, music, archaeological sites and the historic center which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lima is a gastronomical delight for the foodies due to the many international influences in its cuisine. Also, this is a poet's dream city considering the regular intervals at which poetry readings are held. It's worth spending some time in Lima before setting out into the natural wonders of the Peruvian landscapes.
With several old buildings and structures as well as museums still standing from the pre-Conquest and Spanish periods of Lima, Jesus Maria is a center of Culture and History in the city. Some of the important landmarks to visit in this area are the El Campo de Marte, a spacious green area at the center of which is the war monument of 1942, the Universidad del Pacífico, which is a very prestigious and renowned institution, and the Museum of Natural History which been there since the year 1918 and has several interesting displays of fossils collected by the Peruvian explorer Antonio Raimondi.
It was built in 1901 to meet the demands of the Lima families who wanted to live on the outskirts of the city. They were tired of the classic architectural structure of the front courtyard and central pond, and were fans of French-style buildings. In the old days, this Avenue was lined with splendid old houses and to round it off, four marble urns and four statues depicting the seasons were brought from the Plaza de Armas.The passing of the years has meant that impressive, important buildings have been erected around and along the avenue, transforming it into an extension of the main road. From here, you can admire the Museum of Italian Art, Parque de la Exposicion, the Museum of National Art and Plaza Grau.
Inspired from the architecture of the Palace de Justice in Brussels and designed by the architect Bruno Paprocki, it was built on the site where a prison once stood. The Great Hall is surrounded by columns and decorated with monumental bronze lamps. The bust of the first president of the Supreme Court, Don Manuel Lorenzo de Vidaurre, rises from the centre. The work was finished in 1947 and is currently the seat of Peru's Judicial Power, leaving it inaccessible to all except those participating in judicial processes.