If you travel to Lima by plane or ship, you may be unaware you land in El Callao, a city located along the Pacific Coast and less than 10 miles from the historic center of Peru’s capital. It was founded by the Spanish in 1537 as a seaport and is the main base for the Peruvian Navy. In the background is the former Harbour Master headquarters and now the Coast Guard. This is Plaza Grau located in the La Punta District. Some tourists venture to this area for its old colonial mansions, naval history, beaches and outer islands. However most tourists favor its neighbors: Lima and Miraflores.