The submarine Abtao lies like a huge whale in the port of Callao. Anyway, gray heaviness is the first thing visitors see before entering the museum through an entrance hatch. Inside, they expect some surprises. In addition to the command bridge, the officers’ room and the crew cabins with bunk beds, the instruments, the torpedoes and the different cameras and departments that can be entered, a special system of vibration and sound is installed in the submarine that subverts the water and the authentic one in use.
Information about the history of submarines in Peru provides a video at the beginning of the tour. A guide explains how the submarine and instruments work, and the life-size figures recreate individual scenes of underwater life: there is a cook in the kitchen with prepared food, a man in the ritual of morning grooming, an officer. The highlight of the visit is undoubtedly the final submarine combat mission, which is accompanied by various effects. If you wish, you can use the canyon on deck, or simply enjoy the view of the port of Callao from the submarine. It is a completely different world to immerse yourself as a visitor of this special museum. Fascinating about the way people lived on that ship for days and weeks: the Abtao is 80 meters long, 9 meters wide and weighs 1,500 tons. However, the welfare of the visitors is taken care of in such a small space: a maximum of 30 people can participate in a guided tour of the Abtau site museum at the same time; for groups a reservation is necessary.