San Isidro District, Lima
San Isidro District in Lima, Peru.
Location of San Isidro in the Lima province
|Founded||April 24, 1931|
|• Mayor||Augusto Cáceres Viñas|
|• Total||11.1 km2 (4.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||109 m (358 ft)|
|• Density||5,500/km2 (14,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (PET)|
Officially established on April 24, 1930, San Isidro has become a major financial quarter in recent years, as many banks and businesses left downtown Lima to set up their headquarters in modern office blocks. It is inhabited by mostly upper middle and upper-class families.
- North: La Victoria, Lince and Jesús María
- East: San Borja
- South: Miraflores and Surquillo
- West: Magdalena del Mar and the Pacific Ocean
For more than fifty years, the border at the western area of the district has been disputed with neighboring Magdalena del Mar. A judge ordered the councils of both districts to deposit the money of the affected areas' taxpayers in the National Bank of Peru until this long-standing conflict is resolved.
According to a 2002 estimate by the INEI, the district has 68,438 inhabitants and a population density of 6,165.6 persons/km². In 1999, there were 20,598 households in the district.
San Isidro prides itself on being home to many Peruvian artists. A few museums, as well as the Wak'a Wallamarka, a pre-Inca burying temple which dates back to the 4th century where concerts and exhibitions are held occasionally, showing the cultural heritage of the district.
Notable residents of San Isidro have include painter Fernando de Szyszlo, former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Javier Perez de Cuellar, José Antonio García Belaúnde, and Francisco Tudela, among others.
- There are 57 embassies and consulates in San Isidro, which are Algeria, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay.
- The Hotel Westin Libertador, the second tallest building in Peru is located in the district together with the third, its twin tower sister belonging to Grupo Brescia (it is not very well-known that the tallest building in Peru is the Banco de la Nacion new building at San Borja, District).
- Lima's most important avenues (Javier Prado and Paseo de la Republica), criss-cross the district.
- With 21 bank headquarters and 50 agencies, San Isidro is the financial center of Peru.
- Monuments to Peruvian heroes and other world personalities (Gandhi, John Paul II, etc.)
- There are 15 Catholic Churches, synagogues and temples of other religions.