Asia District, Peru
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|Founded||July 24, 1964|
| 279.36 km2|
|Population (as of the 2005 Census)|
The Asia District (Distrito de Asia) is one of the 16 that make up the Peru province of Cañete. Founded by Beinto Chumpitaz Chavez on July 24, 1964, it was originally part of the Coayllo District. Asia's beaches overlook the Pacific Ocean. It is a popular summer getaway for the residents of the peruvian capital of Lima, which is a one hour drive south
Asia is bordered by Mala District to the north, Cerro Azul District and Quilmana District to the south, and Coayllo District to the east. The principal town is 97.5 kilometers away from Lima. It is approximately 2 hour drive South from Lima.
Development of Asia's beaches began in the mid 1970s, with the creation of Las Palmas, the first condominium to be built on the beach. Kerosene lamps lit buildings, as electricity did not arrive until a second condo, Los Cocos, was developed. For many years, running water was not available, and water had to be trucked in.
By the 1990s, a reasonable level of housing development had been reached, but there were few businesses on the Camino Real, the road that connects Asia's beaches to the Panamerican Highway. Among these first businesses were a night club called Ibiza, the Sur Market, and a supermarket called Los Tres Chanchitos. Over the course of the decade, a movie theater and an E. Wong supermarket came to the city, along with many small shops and restaurants. Today's Asia has stores offering nearly all the products and services available in Lima.
The Camino Real is now home to many more nightclubs, including Juanito, Cocobongo, and Tsunami. The open-air shopping mall, Sur Plaza Boulevard, has more clubs, including trendy spots such as Café del Mar and Nikita, complemented by the lower-priced La Huaka and Joia. There are also three movie theaters, children's playgrounds, Peruvian restaurants, and a number of bars and pubs.
As it was mentioned previously, one of the first beaches was Las Palmas. Many would say it was inspired by Mejía in Arequipa. This beach club, as it is also called, was born in the 1970s. Its success brought other people who were interested, and hence developed and built other beach condominiums. The district now encloses over 5,000 houses in over 30 condominiums. Nevertheless, the beach side of the district only works and is populated during the summer time, due to weather, and the lack of city characteristics.
The other side
Asia is also a district that is home to many lower-income Peruvians. On the same kilometer the mall is on the Panamerican Highway, there are many lower budget stores and homes, which in fact do work the entire year, because people do live in that part. Moving in to kilometer 103 approximately, there are bigger towns that house lower-income people as well. Asia district have 3,900 permanent inhabitants aprox. Almost half of permanent inhabitants works in agriculture. Between the main cultures they honor the fruit trees, the olive trees and the grapevine. The celebration of the district anniversary is every year on July 24. Between typical plates of the zone they emphasize Sopa-seca, ceviche and carapulcra.
A pre-ceramic archaeological site is located near the mouth of the river of Omas´ quebrada. On the site, there are human remains of a small indigenous population, with its respective cemetery. The excavations have revealed several rooms with deposits and passages whose walls have been done with great rectangular adobes. Archaeologists speculate that the site could date back to 1100 BC.
Recent projects that have been under development are those for the golf course and condominium. It is being sponsored by Inmobiliaria Playa del Golf a Real Estate company who has previously developed other condominiums in the area, such as Playa Blanca, Playa del Sol, Playa Bonita and Playa del Golf Stage I and Stage II. The area that will be used as the golf couse is pure sand which gives the perfect surface for building the golf course at low cost, using Paspalum Grass which is genetically designed for those conditions. The project kickoff date was June 1, 2007 and according to the master plan, the course will be ready for summer 2009.