Ancón, Lima Region, Peru

History | Geography : Division | Beach resort

🇵🇪 Ancón is a district of northern Lima Province in Peru. It is the popular beach resort of Lima that is visited every summer by millions of people from Lima. Is the largest district of the Lima Province. It was officially established as a district in 1874, segregating itself from the Carabayllo district. The district's postal code is 2.

History Ancón is an important site in Peruvian history and archaeology. This was a fishing town and as a burying ground for pre-Inca Indigenous civilizations of Ancon-Supe, which flourished about 4,000 years ago as one of the oldest societies in Peruvian history.

In Ancon (archaeological site), the ridges of gravel and sandy soil were littered with skulls, bones, and remnants of tattered handwoven cloth. Beneath the surface, grave robbers found mummified bodies with all the accompanying grave goods in shallow graves.

In this region, the preservation of the bodies was due to the dry climate, and also reportedly, the saltpetre and other preservative elements contained in the soil.

In the late 1800s, archaeologists digging here found bodies, sometimes tattooed, adorned with beads, copper earrings and bird feathers, and swathed in richly colored blankets or cotton cloth, with jars of provisions beside them. Tablets fashioned of cloth, stretched upon frames of wood and painted with figures and characters, described the virtues of the deceased.

Pre-historic Ancón was a fishing village, so many handmade nets were found, along with baskets of woven fibre representing the industries of women.

The extension of the railroad in 1870 to Chancay made the Necropolis of Ancón easily accessible to the day visitor. The geologists Reiss and Stubel conducted their excavations at Ancón during the period 1874-1875 because they feared the extent of digging there would quickly deplete the site. In 1884 Stolpe conducted excavations at Ancon on behalf of the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm. Modern buildings and old houses dating back to the 19th century can be found in the district's beach area. Ancón has a yacht club that exists since 1950.

The Treaty of Ancón, that ended the War of the Pacific, was signed on October 20, 1883, ceding Tarapacá to Chile.

Geography The district has a total land area of 299.22 km² (116 sq mi). Its administrative centre is located 3 meters above sea level. Boundaries • North: Aucallama District (Huaral Province) • East: Huamantanga District (Canta Province), Carabayllo District • South: Santa Rosa and Puente Piedra, as well as Ventanilla in the Constitutional Province of Callao • West: Pacific Ocean

Geography: Division The district is divided into 2 populated centres (Spanish: Centros Poblados): • Ancón • Piedras Gordas.

Beach resort Ancón used to be a deluxe upscale beach resort during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its sandy soil and dry atmosphere made it a welcome place for persons with pulmonary and bronchial affections. Besides the beach, in 1913, there was a tennis court, one or two hotels, and many cottages. The train trip from Desamparados station in downtown Lima took about an hour and a half through dry desert.

After the population crisis in the city, especially in the north of Lima, close to the old exclusive spas. Some wealthy families started to find for a best place for settle down in summer. And today, the beach remains popular despite the fact that most of the upscale housing has moved to the beaches south of Lima, such as Santa María del Mar, Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra, Asia, among others.

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Ancón has a population of over 62,928 people. Ancón also forms one of the centres of the wider Lima Province which has a population of over 8,574,974 people.

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Antipodal to Ancón is: 102.85,11.733

Locations Near: Ancón -77.15,-11.7333

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🇵🇪 Callao -77.15,-12.067 d: 37.1  

🇵🇪 Lima -77.033,-12.05 d: 37.4  

🇵🇪 Villa El Salvador -77,-12.05 d: 38.8  

🇵🇪 San Isidro -77.033,-12.083 d: 40.9  

🇵🇪 San Borja -77.017,-12.1 d: 43.3  

🇵🇪 Miraflores -77.033,-12.117 d: 44.5  

🇵🇪 Huancayo -75.211,-12.075 d: 214.4  

🇵🇪 Chincha Alta -76.133,-13.45 d: 220.5  

🇵🇪 Huánuco -76.233,-9.917 d: 225.4  

Antipodal to: Ancón 102.85,11.733

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🇹🇭 Chanthaburi 102.1,12.6 d: 19888.9  

🇰🇭 Sihanoukville 103.822,10.896 d: 19874  

🇰🇭 Battambang 103.211,13.1 d: 19858.2  

🇹🇭 Rayong 101.256,12.674 d: 19812.7  

🇰🇭 Siem Reap 103.843,13.305 d: 19809.8  

🇻🇳 Phú Quốc 103.95,10.233 d: 19809.6  

🇰🇭 Siem Reab 104.857,11.397 d: 19793.3  

🇰🇭 Phnom Penh 104.917,11.567 d: 19789.2  

🇹🇭 Pattaya 100.889,12.936 d: 19763.6  

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