Callao Transportation Tips by grandmaR
Callao Transportation: 4 reviews and 20 photos
Standing on the deck of the Statendam I could see lots of other kinds of ships in the harbor. There was always someone entering or leaving. If it wasn't a freighter, or a tour boat, it was the Peruvian Navy. Callao is essentially a water based town, so getting there by boat is the way to go.
Lighthouse and gulls
When we were on the excursion to the outlying islands we saw several lighthouses - this one was right on the harbor front in Callao located at the end of a short pier. This is the Muelle de Guerra Light AKA Torre Reloj Lighthouse [torre (tower) and reloj (clock] The tower was built about 1880. This is an active lighthouse since 1930. It is a round cylindrical cast iron tower with a clock and gallery, painted black with two horizontal white bands. The clock has faces mounted on each of the four sides; the light is displayed from a short mast atop the clock and gives two green flashes every 10 seconds.
Repurposed school bus
Even in Callao, the people use the little local buses. Buses range from repurposed school buses to the regular big tour buses. There are Turistic buses and regular route buses. There is even an ap for the Callao bus routes.
The transportation options consist of a chaotic system of privately owned and operated big buses, medium-sized micros (coasters or microbuses) and combis (small vans). . Each bus has a sign above the windscreen indicating the starting point and the final stop of its route; So if you want to take a bus, you should know something about the streets around the point where you want to go. Normally buses and micros can be waved down at any point of the main road, but best you wait for the right one at a junction or traffic light or just have a look where lots of people are waiting, that's the right point. Fares are fairly cheap: a short ride of a few blocks within a district will set you back with S/. 0.50
At one point of your journey the driver's assistant makes a round through the bus and collects the fare. Have change in your pockets! Also insist on getting the little ticket (this is not only your receipt, but also in case of an accident the insurance cover!).
Shortly before you reach your destination shout "baja" (getting off) or "baja esquina" (getting off at the next corner). When the bus stops get off quickly as the driver will race off immediately again. While taking a bus can be an adveture, if you are in a hurry, better take a cab. The same applies if you have luggage.
Train engine from a tour bus
In the port area in Callao there was a small train engine on display. We were told that it was the original engine for the train that went to Machu Picchu. That was (and maybe still is) a narrow gauge line.
It may also be from the line called the Ferrocarril Central del Perú which started in Callao port, from almost the sea level, it passes by Lima city and then reach the peak-altitude of 4,818 m. in the Anticona pass (Ticlio, Lima).
There is a similar type train pictured on a so called Trencito stamp which was a stamp used to pay for mail carried by train between Callao, Lima and Chorrillos. It was issued on December 29,1865 and was a half price postage reduction. At that time the minimum postage charge was 10 cents (Un Dinero) so the new railroad rate was reduced to 5 cents.
Whatever the reason for the little engine, we always tried to take a picture of it when we went in and out of the gate.
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