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 Lima Provinces (Counties) Located in the western center portion of Peru, Lima is composed of 10 provinces or counties. The Constitutional Province of El Callao is independent from Lima and, therefore, not included in that number. Lima has several ecological steps (0 to 5,654 meters above sea level) and it covers an area of 32,129.31 square kilometers. Its long coast, rich in an assortment of plant and animal life, has beautiful beaches with world-class waves. The mountains offer breathtaking views and unexpected natural reserves. The Region of Lima is the center of the country and it has a rich history (several ancient civilizations settled in this area), an exquisite cuisine (the best chefs and restaurants of Peru are in Lima), beautiful landscapes, varied flora and fauna, and an exciting night life. Take a few moments to read the highlights of each province below:
 Province of Cajatambo Location: Located northeast in the region, it is next to the Regions of Ancash and Huanuco. Population: 8,358 (2007 Census) Capital: Cajatambo Town Districts (Towns and Townships in the U.S.): The province is composed of 5 districts. Cajatambo (255 kilometers from Lima town - 3 hours and 30 minutes) Copa (Data Not Available) Gorgor (Data Not Available) Huancapon (Data Not Available) Manas (278 kilometers from Lima town- 3 hours and 45 minutes) Ancient Sites: Gurgurgirca Headland - Remains (Gorgor District) Tambomarca Ruins - Main site (Cajatambo District) Buildings and Places: There aren't relevant buildings and places to visit in this province. Museums: There aren't relevant museums to visit. Natural Reserves & Beaches: Huayhuash Mountain Range Reserve Zone (Cajatambo and Copa Districts) Cajatambo doesn't have a coastline. Outdoor Activities: Camping Hiking Mountain Biking Restaurants: Data Not Available Accommodations: Data Not Available
 Province of Canta Location: Located east in the region, it is next to the Province of Lima and Region of Junin. Population: 13,513 (2007 Census) Capital: Canta Town Districts (Towns and Townships in the U.S.): The province is composed of 7 districts. Arahuay (95 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours) Canta (110 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours) Huamantanga (122 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 15 minutes) Huaros (126 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 15 minutes) Lachaqui (118 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 30 minutes) San Buenventura (110 kilometers Lima town - 2 hours) Santa Rosa de Quives (72 kilometers from Lima town - 1 hour and 30 minutes) Ancient Sites: Cantamarca - Main Site (Canta District) Petroglyphs of Checta - 450 stone carved petroglyphs in average (Santa Rosa de Quives District) Buildings and Places: Obrajillo town - Colonial structures (Canta District) Museums: There aren't relevant museums to visit in this province. Natural Reserves & Beaches: Arahuay Lagoons (Arahuay District) Canta doesn't have a coastline. Outdoor Activities: Camping Hiking Mountain Biking Restaurants: Señor Hans - Pachamanca (Tupac Amaru Highway - Km 67, Santa Rosa de Quives District) El Querubin - Fish & Criollo (Ave. 26 de Junio 305, Canta District) Accommodations: Basic accommodations are available: Mi Chaperito - Youth Hostel (Jiron Grau 306, Canta District) Santa Catalina Hostel - Bed & Breakfast (Jiron Graun 305, Canta District) Cancay Vento Hotel - Tourist Hotel (Prolongacion 26 de Junio s/n, Canta District)
 Province of Barranca Location: Located northwest in the region, it is next to the Region of Ancash. Population: 143,216 (2012 Census) Capital: Barranca Town Districts (Towns and Townships in the U.S.): The province is composed of 5 districts: Barranca (197 kilometers from Lima town- 2 hours and 30 minutes) Paramonga (209 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 40 minutes) Pativilca (205 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 40 minutes) Supe (188 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 20 minutes) Puerto Supe (190 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 20 minutes) Ancient Sites: Bandurria – Fishing village (Barranca District) Caral - Main Site (Supe Port District) Paramonga Fortress - Chimu Culture (Paramonga District) Buildings and Places: There aren't relevant buildings and places to visit in this province. Museums: Museo Bolivariano (Pativilca District) Natural Reserves & Beaches: There aren't natural reserves in Barranca. The best beaches of northern Lima are located in the Barranca District. The best ones are Bandurria and Caleta Vidal, located in the Puerto Supe and Supe Districts respectively. Outdoor Activities: Hiking Beach Camping (Barranca and Puerto Supe) Restaurants: Restaurants offer a basic service: El Palmero - Seafood (Panamericana Norte Km. 196, Barranca District) Las Gaviotas - Seafood (Ave. Chorrillos 254, Barranca District) Pizzeria Don Goyo - Pizza & Pastas (Jose Galvez 506, Barranca District) Tato - Criollo (Panamericana Norte Km.196, Barranca District) Accommodations: Basic accommodations are available: Dakahi Hostel - Youth Hostel (Av. El Ejercito, Block 2, Barranca District) International Hotel - Youth Hostel (Larco herrera 410, Barranca District) Casa Blanca Hostel - Bed & Breakfast (Ave. Chorrillos 441, Barranca District) Chorrillos Beach Hostel - Bed & Breakfast (Ave. Chorrillos 101, Barranca District)
 Province of Cañete Location: Located in the southern part of the region, it is next to the Province of Ica. Population: 229,693 (2012 Census) Capital: San Vicente de Cañete Town Districts (Towns and Townships in the U.S.): Of the province’s 16 districts. The most important ones are: Asia (110 kilometers from Lima town - 1 hour and 15 minutes) Cerro Azul (138 kilometers from Lima town - 1 hour and 35 minutes) Chilca (71 kilometers from Lima town - 1 hour) Lunahuana (182 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 15 minutes) Mala (93 kilometers from Lima town - 1 hour and 15 minutes) San Vicente de Cañete (150 kilometers from Lima town - 1 hour and 45 minutes) Ancient Sites: Incahuasi - Main Site (Lunahuana District) Buildings and Places: Lunahuana Colonial Church - Built in 1690 (Lunahuana District) Medicinal Baths of Chilca - three natural pools (Chilca District) Pisco Route (Lunahuana District) Unanue Castle - Construction started in 1843 and was completed in 1900 (San Vicente de Cañete District) Museums: Archeological Museum Huaca Malena (Asia District) Natural Reserves & Beaches: Wetland Reserve Zone of Puerto Viejo (Chilca District) Puerto Viejo and Cerro Azul beaches are recommended for surfing purposes, and all beaches in Cerro Azul District are great places to relax during the warm season (late December to mid-April) Outdoor Activities: Birdwatching (Chilca and Lunahuana) Camping Hiking Mountain Biking (Lunahuana) Surfing (Chilca and Cerro Azul) Whitewater Rafting (Lunahuana) Restaurants: Asia Boulevard - Several restaurants during the summer (Asia District) El Balcón del Cielo - Criollo (Ave. Buenos Aires 197, Santa Cruz de Flores District) El Pueblo - Criollo (Ave. Grau 406, Lunahuana District) Melchorita - Criollo (Jiron Grau 150, Lunahuana District) Puerto Azul - Seafood (Malecon olaya s/n, Cruz Azul District) Accommodations: Cerro Azul Hostel - Bed & Breakfast (Los Eucaliptos 106, Cruz Azul District) El Mayoral de Azpitia - Tourist Hotel (Pasaje Buenaventura 30, Santa Cruz de Flores District) Embassy Hotel – Boutique-style Hotel (Highway Cañete to Yauyos km 42, Lunahuana District) Rumiwasi Hotel – Boutique-style Hotel (Highway Cañete to Yauyos km 38, Lunahuana District)
 Province of Huaral Location: Located north of Lima and Canta Provinces, it is next to the Regions of Cerro de Pasco and Junin. Population: 182,409 (2012 Census) Capital: Huaral Town Districts (Towns and Townships in the U.S.): Of the province’s 12 districts, the most important ones are: Altavillos Bajos (Data Not Available) Chancay (76 kilometers from Lima town - 1 hour and 15 minutes) Huaral (76 kilometers from Lima town - 1 hour and 15 minutes) Santa Cruz de Andamarca (Data Not Available) Ancient Sites: Añay, Chiprac and Rupac Citadels - Pre-Inca and Inca site (Altavillos Bajos District) Buildings and Places: Chancay Castle & Museum - Built between 1924 and 1935 (Chancay District) Hacienda Huando - Remains of a Colonial Farm producing seedless oranges (Huaral District) Thermo-medicinal Baths of Collpa (Santa Cruz de Andamarca) Museums: Chancay Castle & Museum - Built between 1924 and 1935 (Chancay District) Natural Reserves & Beaches: There aren't natural reserves in Huaral, but the Lachay Reserve in the Huaura Province is nearby. The coast of the Aucallama and Chancay Districts has the best beaches. Outdoor Activities: Birdwatching (Chancay District) Camping (Altavillos Bajos, Chancay and Santa Cruz de Andamarca Districts) Hiking (Altavillos Bajos, Chancay and Santa Cruz de Andamarca Districts) Restaurants: Delpino - Breakfast (Panamerica Norte Hwy, Km 77.5, Chancay District) El Pipo - Seafood (Panamerica Norte Hwy, Km 77.5, Chancay District) Accommodations: Chancay Castle - Tourist Hotel (Ave. Primero de Mayo 1224, Chancay District)
 Province of Huarochiri Location: Located east of the Provinces of Lima and Cañete, it is next to the Region of Junin. Population: 72,845 (2007 Census) Capital: Matucana Town Districts (Towns and Townships in the U.S.): Of the province’s 32 districts, the most important ones are: Matucana (84 kilometers from Lima town - 1 hour and 30 minutes) San Pedro de Casta (88 kilometers from Lima town - 1 hour and 45 minutes) Ancient Sites: Huancapune Site - Pre-Inca Ruins (Matucana District) Puncho Punkro - Pre Inca Ruins (Matucana District) Buildings and Places: Marcahuasi - "Rock Forest" where early Peruvians lived (San Pedro de Casta District) Museums: Huarochiri Museum - Birthplace of Archeologist Julio C. Tello (Matucana District) Natural Reserves & Beaches: Huarochi is not noted for its natural reserves Huarochi doesn't have a coastline. Outdoor Activities: Camping (Matucana and San Pedro de Casta Districts) Hiking (Matucana and San Pedro de Casta Districts) Restaurants: Data Not Available Accommodations: Data Not Available
 Province of Lima Location: Located in the western center of the region, it is surrounded by the Provinces of Huaral, Canta, Huarochiri, and Cañete. Population: 7,605,742 (2007 Census) Capital: Lima Town Districts (Towns and Townships in the U.S.): Of the province’s 43 districts, the most important ones are: Barranco (12 kilometers from Lima town - 25 minutes) Chorrillos (18 kilometers from Lima town - 35 minutes) Lima (0 kilometers from Lima town - 0 hours) Lurin (41 kilometers from Lima town - 50 minutes) Miraflores (9 kilometers from Lima town - 20 minutes) Pueblo Libre (12 kilometers from Lima town - 25 minutes) San Isidro (6 kilometers from Lima town - 15 minutes) Santiago de Surco (15 kilometers from Lima town - 30 minutes) Ancient Sites: Huaca Huallamarca Site - Pre-Inca site (San Isidro District) Huaca Pucllana Site - Pre-Inca site (Miraflores District) Pachacamac Site - Pre-Inca and Inca site (Lurin District) Buildings and Places: Barranco Downtown - Bohemian District of Lima (Baranco District) Kennedy Central Park & Surroundings - Handcraft stores & restaurants (Miraflores District) Larcomar Mall - Mall next to the Pacific Ocean with several well-known restaurants and stores (Miraflores District) Main Square (Archbishop Palace, Cathedral & Government Palace) - Colonial & Republican buildings (Lima District) San Francisco Church & Catacombs - Colonial architecture (Lima District) Museums: National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology & History - All stages of Peruvian History (Pueblo Libre District) Gold Museum - Pieces of Gold & Textiles, and Weapons (Santiago de Surco District) Larco Museum - 3000 years of Peruvian History (Pueblo Libre District) Natural Reserves & Beaches: Costa Verde Beaches - Makaja, Pampilla, Waikiki & La Herradura are recommended for Surfing (Miraflores & Chorrillos Districts) South of Lima Beaches - Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra & San Bartolo are recommended for Surfing Pantanos de Villa Wildlife Refuge & Reserve (Chorrillos District) Outdoor Activities: Birdwatching (Chorrillos District) Mountain Biking (Chaclacayo & Cieneguilla Districts) Surfing (Chorrillos, Lurin, Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra, & San Bartolo Districs) Restaurants: Alfresco - Seafood (Malecon Balta 780, Miraflores District) Amaz - Modern Peruvian (Ave. La Paz 1079, Miraflores District) Astrid & Gaston - 18th World's Best Restaurant in 2014 - Peruvian (Ave. Paz Soldan 290, San Isidro District) Brujas de Cachiche - Peruvian food (Ave. Bolognesi 472, Miraflores District) Central - 15th World's Best Restaurant in 2014 - Peruvian with international influences (Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores District) Accommodations: Pariwana Backpacker Hostel - Youth Hostel (Ave. Larco 189, Miraflores District) Bayview Hotel - Tourist Hotel (Las Dalias 276, Miraflores District) Antara Hotel – Boutique-style Hotel (Alcanfores 450, Miraflores District) Casa Andina Private Collection - Luxury Hotel (Ave. La Paz 463, Miraflores District) Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel - Luxury Hotel(Malecon de la Reserva 1035, Miraflores District)
 Province of Oyon Location: Located in the northeastern center of the region, it is next to the Regions of Huanuco and Cerro de Pasco. Population: 20,642 (2007 Census) Capital: Oyon Town Districts (Towns and Townships in the U.S.): Of the province’s 6 districts, the most important ones are: Churin (193 kilometers from Lima town - 3 hours) Oyon (222 kilometers from Lima town - 3 hours and 30 minutes) Pachangara (207 kilometers from Lima town - 3 hours and 15 minutes) Ancient Sites: Rapazmarca Site - Pre-Inca Ruins (Oyon District) Buildings and Places: Churin Thermal Baths - Natural Pools (Churin District) Huancahuasi Thermal Baths (Pachangara District) Museums: There aren't relevant museums in this province. Natural Reserves & Beaches: There aren't relevant natural parks or reserves in this province. Oyon doesn't have a coastline. Outdoor Activities: Hiking (Churin, Oyon and Pachangara) Camping (Churin, Oyon and Pachangara) Mountain Biking (Churin, Oyon and Pachangara) Restaurants: Data Not Available Accommodations: Data Not Available
 Province of Yauyos Location: Located in the southeastern part of the region, it is next to the Regions of Ica, Huancavelica, and Junin. Population: 27,501 (2007 Census) Capital: Yauyos Town Districts (Towns and Townships in the U.S.): Of the province’s 33 districts, the most important ones are: Carania (230 kilometers from Lima town - 4 hours and 45 minutes) Huancaya (205 kilometers from Lima town - 4 hours) Laraos (235 kilometers from Lima town - 4 hours and 45 minutes) Miraflores (222 kilometers from Lima town - 4 hours and 30 minutes) Ancient Sites: Huaquis Site - Pre-Inca site (Miraflores District) Buildings and Places: There aren't relevant buildings and places in this province. Natural Reserves & Beaches: Natural Reserve of Nor Yauyos Cochas (Alis, Carania, Huancaya, Laraos, Miraflores, Tanta, Tomas and Vitis Districts) Yauyos doesn't have a coastline. Outdoor Activities: Birdwatching (Alis, Carania, Huancaya, Laraos, Miraflores, Tanta, Tomas, and Vitis Districts) Mountain Biking (Huancaya District) River Fishing (Huancaya District) Whitewater Rafting (Huancaya District) Restaurants: Data Not Available Accommodations: Data Not Available
 Province of Huaura Location: Located north of the Huaral Province, it is next to the Region of Cerro de Pasco. Population: 213,736 (2012 Census) Capital: Huacho Town Districts (Towns and Townships in the U.S.): Of the province’s 12 districts, the most important ones are: Huacho (141 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours) Huaura (149 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 10 minutes) Santa Leonor (Data Not Available) Vegueta (156 kilometers from Lima town - 2 hours and 15 minutes) Ancient Sites: Acaray Site - Pre-Inca site (Huaura District) Bandurria Site - Pre-Inca site (Huacho District) Vichama Site - Pre-Inca site (Vegueta District) Buildings and Places: Thermo-medicinal Baths of Picoy - Mineral Pools (Santa Leonor District) Museums: Sanmartiniano Museum - Liberator General San Martin Exhibition (Huarua District) Natural Reserves & Beaches: Albufera del Medio Mundo Lagoon (Vegueta District) National Reserve of Lachay (Near Chancay and Huaral Districts) Punta Salinas and Centinela beaches - Recommended for Surfing (Huacho and and Vegueta Districts respectively) Outdoor Activities: Birdwatching (Vegueta District) Camping (Vegueta and Santa Leonor Districts) Hiking (All Altavillos Bajos, Chancay, and Santa Cruz de Andamarca Districts) Surfing (Huacho and and Vegueta Districts) Restaurants: Guachus Coffee & Restaurant - Criollo (Ave. 28 de Julio 194, Huacho District) Rocky's Huacho - Peruvian Roasted Chicken (Ave. 28 de Julio 304, Huacho District) La Estrella – Local-style Breakfast (Ave. 28 de Julio 561, Huacho District) Accommodations: El Condado Hotel - Tourist Hotel (Ave. Centenario 150, Huacho District) Casa Blanca Hotel - Tourist Hotel (Las Rosas 347, Huacho District) Centenario Hotel - Tourist Hotel (Ave. 28 de Julio, Huacho District)

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