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San Borja is a district in the Lima Province in Perumarker and one of the districts comprised by the city of Limamarker.Originally part of the district of Surquillomarker, it became officially established as a separate district on June 1, 1983. The new district took its name from a former hacienda (estate) which dominated the area.The district's postal code is 41.The current mayor (alcalde) is Dr. Alberto Tejada.

San Borja Sur Avenue
San Borja is one of the few districts of Lima which was planned from the beginning and developed in an orderly fashion. This happened in a relatively short time, during the 1970s the area underwent massive population growth and by the early 1980s almost all the land had been built up. San Borja is now a mostly an upper to middle class residential area with permanent green and beautiful parks and gardens. The district's parks and green areas can be clearly seen on the satellite photographs (see external link).

San Borja can be easily accessed using Javier Prado Avenue (the most likely route if coming from Lima International Airport), Angamos Avenue or Aviacion Avenue. The Panamerican Highway marks the eastern border of the district and is the most direct route if coming from the north or the south of the country.

Most of the residential streets in this district are named after famous painters, artists, philosophers and, in general, such tasks, that is the case with calle Miguel Angel, calle Millet, calle Redon, calle Monet, calle Rousseau, calle Van Gogh, to name just a few.


Rio Surco in San Borja.
San Borja is bordered by the districts of San Luis and La Victoriamarker on the north, Santiago de Surcomarker on the east and south, Surquillomarker on the southwest and San Isidro on the west. The Rio Surco (Surco river) traverses the district in a north-south direction. This is not an actual river, it is a canal fed from the Rimac river and used to irrigate public parks.San Borja is approximately 150 metres above sea level. The terrain is mostly flat, with a gentle downward E-W slope.


San Borja has a climate typical of the Peruvian coastal area. The weather is mild, with warm summers and cool winters, and humid all year round. It never rains but during the months from June to October its streets dampen due to a fine drizzle, called "garúa" in Spanish. During this period, the sky is constantly overcast.Average temperatures in San Borja range between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. The summer season lasts from December to April. During this time temperatures can reach highs of 28 and 30 °C. Winter lasts from May to November with temperatures as low as 12 or 15 °C.


San Borja, as most of the rest of Metropolitan Lima, is built on the alluvial fan formed by the Rimac river during the Quaternary Period. The river deposited up to 300 metres of rounded pebbles, coarse sand and small amounts of fine sand and silt in the valley. Geologists call this type of soil conglomerate.The probable earthquake intensity in the San Borja area is Grade VII in the Modified Mercalli scale. This compares favourably with Grade IX in some areas of La Molina, Callaomarker and Chorrillos.

Flora and Fauna

Typical residential street
San Borja has many well maintained and watered parks and green areas, about 10 square metres per person. Ponciana and eucalyptus trees are very common in the district. There is a large and varied bird population, as shown in the external link.


According to the Peruvian Institute of Statistics, the age distribution of the population of San Borja is as follows:

Age Group Population
0-10 23,227
11-14 26,163
15-29 26,964
30-59 46,720
60+ 10,412
Total 133,486


Huaca San Borja
There are two archaeological remains in San Borja: Huaca San Borja and Huaca Limatambo. These were built in pre-Inca times. The Surco river (an old irrigation canal), which traverses the district in a northeast to southwest direction, is also pre-Inca.

The Huaca San Borja was built by the Ichma culture, a loosely organised kingdom that developed in the Lurin and Rimac valleys, during the Late Intermediate Period (AD 1100-1475). It is believed this kingdom was centered in Pachacamacmarker. This huaca is an 8 metre high truncated pyramid made of dried mud. It is surrounded by a mud wall enclosing three out of the four sides of the huaca. The perimeter wall was painted white originally. There is a second inner perimeter wall that encloses rooms, corridors and platforms at different levels. The site was abandoned at the beginning of the colonial period. During the Republic, a house was built on top. The huaca is now open for guided visits. The Huaca Limatambo is as old as the Huaca San Borja. However, Limatambo is not open to the public and archaeological studies are ongoing.

After the Spanish conquest and the foundation of the city of Lima in 1535, the land that includes modern San Borja was given to Antonio Picado, secretary of Francisco Pizarro. After many change of hands, in 1568 the land was given to the Jesuit Order.

The Jesuits had an hacienda (estate) called "San Francisco de Borja y Aragon", later known as Hacienda "San Borja". They grew potatoes, maize, grapes and vegetables for their own sustenance and to fund their charities. They later donated 2% of their land to the Government.

During the War of the Pacific (1879-1883) a line of defense between Miraflores and the area known then as Monterrico Grande was constructed. This line was the last obstacle between the Chilean army and the capital, Lima. It was formed by a series of "reductos" (redoubts or strongholds), numbered from 1 to 10 and located at approximately 800 metre intervals. Reductos Nos 6, 7 and 8 were located in San Borja, along the Surco river. The battle took place on 15 January 1881, and it involved the areas between Reducto No 1 to Reducto No 5 (between Miraflores and Surquillo). The Peruvian army was defeated. Except for Reducto No 2 in Miraflores and Reducto No 5 in nearby Surquillomarker there are no visible remains of them. After this battle, the Hacienda San Borja was garrisoned by the Chilean army.

In 1949 the district of Surquillo was created, it included most of what is now San Borja.

The hacienda San Borja was later owned by the Brescia family, who continued to use the land for agricultural purposes. In 1960 they sold the land to two developers: "Inversiones San Borja" and "Inmobiliaria Santa Marina S.A.", who started the urbanization process.

The first inhabitants of the new "Urbanización San Borja" were the priests of the Congregation of the Most Precious Blood, who moved there in August 1962. The parish was established in the area limited by the San Borja Sur, Aviacion and Javier Prado avenues and the Surco river. The first families came to live in San Borja in May-June 1964. Back then it was still possible to see maize fields, cows, sheepherd dogs and many empty land plots. The tall eucalyptus trees seen today in San Borja Norte Avenue also date from those early days.

The first school, San Francisco de Borja, was opened in 1968.According to the parish records, in 1973 there were about 400 families living in San Borja. In 1974, this figure increased to almost 4000 families, or about 16000 inhabitants.

San Borja separated from Surquillo and became officially established as a district on 1 June 1983.

The area north of Javier Prado Avenue between San Luis and Circunvalación Avenues, originally part of San Luis, were added later.

Education, Sports and Recreation

The following schools are located in the district:
  • Colegio "Romeo Luna Victoria"
  • Colegio "San Francisco de Borja"
  • Colegio "Libertador San Martin"
  • Colegio "Liceo Naval Almirante Guise" which is a member of the International Baccalaurete since 1999
  • Colegio "Manuel Gonzales Prada" 2783
  • Colegio "San Ignacio de Recalde", which is a member of the International Baccalaurete since 2007

San Borja is the home of the "Coliseo Dibos".

Government Institutions

Ministry of Defense
Among the government institutions that are located in San Borja we can mention:

Ministry of Defense

See also: Headquarters of the Peruvian Army

The Ministry of Defence of Peru (Spanish: Ministerio de Defensa del Perú) is the agency of the Peruvian government responsible for the safeguarding of national security on land, sea and air. The army is one of the three branches that conform the armed forces of Peru. For such purpose it exercises command over the Peruvian Armed Forces composed of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.The Ministry of Defense headquarters is a building commonly known as "Pentagonito" (Little Pentagon), located in the southeastern part of the district. Its architecture is typical of the military government of the 70s. Until 1987 it was called "Ministry of War".The outer perimeter of the Ministry is a very popular circuit for joggers.

Museo de la Nacion

National Museum.
The "Museo de la Nacion" is located on the north-west of the district on the corner between Javier Prado and Aviacion avenues and very near to the National Library. It is Lima's largest museum. The building was initially constructed to be the Ministry of Fisheries. Its architecture is typical of the military government of the 1970s. It was later used by the National Bank but in 1990 was re-opened as the National Museum. The Museum comprises four floors of exhibitions, all in chronological order. The exhibition starts on the ground floor with pre-historical Peru and ends with the Inca Empire on the top floor. There is a very large collection of pre-colonial (before 1532) objects such as pottery, sculptures, mummies, textiles, weapons, tools, sacred idols and jewelry. A series of three-dimensional scale models and aerial photographs of the country's main archaeological sites and replicas of the houses, clothing and artwork in ancient Peru are exhibited. The main ancient Peruvian cultures like Chavin, Paracas, Moche, Nasca, Wari, Tiahuanaco, Chimu, and Inca are all represented and explained. There is a permanent exhibition of a replica of the "Lord of Sipan" tomb. Guides in Spanish and English are available.

The National Library (Biblioteca Nacional)

National Library
The "Biblioteca Nacional" is on the corner between Javier Prado and Aviacion avenues and very near to the National Museum.The National Library was established in 1821, the same year Peru was declared independent. It was originally located in Central Lima. During the War of the Pacific, the Chilean occupation army stole most of the works the library possessed. The Library Director is currently trying to identify and recover some of the stolen works from the Chilean authorities.After many years the new building in San Borja was completed and the Library moved there in 2006. The new building has all the modern facilities such as a theater, an amphitheater, cafeteria, exhibition halls, 12 reading rooms with internet connections, storage areas and administrative offices. Security is provided by a CCTV network and a modern fire control system. The Library contains the "Hemeroteca Nacional", the biggest collection of newspapers and magazines in the country. Their website has an online catalogue and a "Virtual Library".

Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy

Its main goal is to promote and supervise the applications of nuclear energy in the country. It was created in 1975.

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Energy and Mines

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