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Ancon Harbor

Rio Rimac North is the section of Lima north of Rio Rimac including the districts of Comas, Carabayllo, Puente Piedra, Santa Rosa, Ancón, San Martín de Porres, Los Olivos and Independencia.

Get in[edit]

There is a bus rapid transit system, El Metropolitano, that connects some of the districts in the North area (Comas, Los Olivos, Independencia and San Martín de Porres) with Central and South Lima.

For intercity transportation, there is a modern bus terminal: Gran Terminal Terrestre, which is next to the Plaza Norte Shopping Center and the "Tomás Valle" Metropolitano Station.


Panoramic view from Cerro San Cristobal


  • Bahia de Ancon. The bay of Ancon has a group of islands (Islas Pescadores) with sea lions and birds, its possible to organize tours of the islands. Recommended to visit between September and March as that's when the most birds are there.
  • 1 Museo del Centro de Investigación Arqueológica de Ancón, Prolongación Jorge Chávez, Ancón, +51 1 552 1162. Daily 09:00-18:00. Adults S/2, children S/1.
  • 2 Parque Ecológico Nacional Antonio Raimondi, Ancón. 8,259 hectares on the right bank of the Panamericana Norte, in the district of Ancon.


  • 3 Museo Colli (Pj. Libertad 253, Collique, Comas), +51 1 520 2348. Daily 08:00-16:00. S/1.



  • 5 Cerro San Cristóbal. The hill features a large Peruvian flag painted on its slopes and is situated just north of the Rimac river. With a summit approximately 368 meters above sea level, visitors can contemplate an incomparable landscape: the city with its high buildings, the course of the river Rimac, as well as the sea ports and districts. An observation point with an illuminated cross, a museum and a restaurant are located at the summit. Many tour companies include a visit here on their itineraries, tours can also be organised near the Plaza de Armas for S/.10 or an alternative is to take a taxi.
  • 6 Museo San Cristobal, Summit of Cerro San Cristobal. Adults S/1, children S/0.50.
  • 7 Museo de los Descalzos (Museo del Convento de los Descalzos, Museum of The Barefoot Friars), Calle Manco Cápac 202-A, Alameda de los Descalzos, Rímac (From Miraflores or the Historic Center, take lines 301,302,306 (Blue Corridor buses), get off at "Alcázar" stop and walk 4 blocks from there. Alternatively, from "Abancay Avenue" (Historic Center) take any of these lines: EO-24,NM-10, NM-12, NO-41, OO-12, SO-39, SM-05 and get off at "Alameda de los Descalzos" and walk a block distance.), +51 1 481 0441, . Monday-Sunday 09:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00. Tours are provided in Spanish and English (it works better if required in advance). You should ring the doorbell in case you find the museum's door closed, then a volunteer will come out to start the tour. Adults S/7, seniors and students S/3, children S/2.
  • 8 Museo Geológico y Paleontológico, Av. Túpac Amaru Km. 4.5 (Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería), Rimac (Facultad de Ingeniería Geológica), +51 1 382 2174, +51 1 481 1070 ext 346, . Reservations only M-F 09:00-16:0. S/3 and S/1.
  • 9 Museo Del Virreinato, Quinta de Presa, Jr. Chira s/n Rimac, +51 1 481 3967. Museum is under renovation.
  • 10 Museo Taurino Plaza de Acho, Jr. Hualgayoc 332, Rímac, +51 1 482 3360.
  • 11 Plaza de Acho, Marañón, Rimac.


  • 12 Huaca El Paraiso, San Martín de Porres, Perú. Archaeological site with a small oasis nearby.
  • Petroglifos de Checta. About 450 petroglyphs (rock carvings). Spiders, foxes, pumas, fish and more.
  • 13 La Granja Villa Norte, Av. Condorcanqui 2751, Urb. Chacra Cerro, Comas., +51 1 717 7771. Daily 10:00-18:00. Amusement Park
  • 14 Alianza Francesa Los Olivos, Jr. Pancho Fierro 3498, Urb. Panamericana Norte, Los Olivos, +51 1 523 0684. Free admission to see French/independent films at night. Also a cultural center.
  • 15 Británico Los Jardines, Av. Alfredo Mendiola 1200, Los Jardines, San Martín de Porres. British cultural center with free entrance to general activities. The entire building is under renovation.



  • 1 Teatro UNI (Teatro de la UNI), Av. Túpac Amaru 280, Rímac (Close to the "UNI" Station. Take Metropolitano Buses: Lines A,B or Expreso 1,2,4,5), +51 1 382 6565 ext 474, . Sometimes, free music concerts and lectures (in Spanish). It´s located in the campus of a university (UNI).
  • 2 Teatro Plaza Norte (Take Metropolitano Buses: Lines A,B or Expreso 4, and get to the "Tomás Valle" Station. From there go across all the "Gran Terminal Terrestre" and the theater is in the second level of the Plaza Norte Shopping Center.). Only Sa and Su afternoons.






  • Las Brisas, Mza. D Lote 11 Urb. Garcilazo De La Vega (Frente Parroquia Virgen Del Rosario), +51 1 552 2066.
  • Calin Hostal, Av. Juan Velasco Alvarado Mz. I Lt. 6 Urb. Virgen Del Rosario (Alt . Parque Del Rosario), +51 1 552 1450.
  • Hostal Cerna, Avenida Mariategui, Ancon, +51 1 524 5271.
  • Hostal La Estacion, Mza. D Lote 17 A.H. Las Esteras II.
  • El Paraiso, Av. Garcilazo De La Vega Mza. S/N Lote 7 Urb. Garcilazo De La Vega, +51 1 552 0427.
  • Residencial Los Faroles de Ancon, Calle Abtao 348, Ancón.


  • 1 La Casa del Turista, México 296, Comas, +51 1 6238487. If you don't mind enamoring yourself with the local scene and with a local friendly host, this small inn could be quite a pleasant experience. Dining available. You are predisposed to get a glimpse of real Limeno life here, including with a chifa restaurant just steps away. 74 Soles.

San Martin de Porres/Los Olivos[edit]

  • 2 Mama Backpackers Hostel, Av. Antunez de Mayolo 1389, Los Olivos, +51 966 798 431. Hot showers, complimentary breakfast, welcoming host found here.
  • 3 Tampu Machi Hostel, Jiron Las Granadas, 4048, Los Olivos, +51 997 233 319. This is a cheapie but still a good hostel in which to stay, with a large quantity of offerings such as eggs for breakfast. 48 Soles.


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