Lima has much to offer. From excellent dining options, shopping, entertainment and nightlife to wonderful museums and historical sights, Lima really has something for everyone. Here are some of our favourite attractions in and around Miraflores, Lima, Peru!
Our Miraflores apartments are just a few blocks away from LarcoMar, a shopping, dining and entertainment center built into the cliffs of Miraflores. Overlooking the ocean, with spectacular views, it's an excellent place to spend an afternoon or evening.
The City Center, or "Cercado de Lima", contains a wealth of historical locations and attractions including one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru, the Historic Centre of Lima. You will also find the Government Palace, Government offices, Plaza de Armas (the main plaza), Convento de San Francisco and Catacombs, The Cathedral and the Church and Monastery Santo Domingo. Guided walking tours are available, or pick up a map and explore on your own!
A beautiful neighborhood in Lima, Barranco is a favourite of many visitors. With parks, restaurants and clubs it's a wonderful escape. As soon the sun goes down Barranco awakes and becomes the place for dancing and partying. The streets around the Parque Municipal (Municipal Park) get crowed. Cozy restaurants offer excellent typical Peruvian food. Pubs, discotheques and night clubs invite their guests to an exiting night. And the famous Peruvian peñas stage folkloric music shows, in particular Afro Peruvian and Criollo gigs.
Lima Magic Water Circuit
Lima is home to the the largest water fountain complex in the world. The Magic Water Circuit (Circuito Mágico del Agua) is an 19-acre park on the edge of downtown Lima with 13 elaborate water fountains.
The colours of these fountains continually transform, some with changing water patterns. Some are interactive, like a maze where you can be sprayed at any time or a 34-meter water tunnel to walk through. And some are incredibly elaborate, like a light show timed to traditional Peruvian music with a laser light show.
Admission is only a few soles, and it is sure to impress both kids and adults alike. However, be sure to bring a light rain jacket or a couple of plastic bags, as you might get wet!
Paragliding above Miraflores
The paragliders over the Costa Verde ("The Green Coast") in Lima are always an exciting sight to see. The 70 meter cliffs over the beach in the Miraflores district provide an excellent lift. The area is known for providing dynamic flight with little turbulence. Takeoffs and landings are from the “Parapuerto” (paraport), a small circular patch of grass just north of the Parque del Amor. The Lima area is particularly attractive to paragliders because of the ability to get in close proximity to the buildings. Some paragliders like to buzz the restaurants of LarcoMar, and others have reported sailing close enough to the Marriott hotel to see themselves reflected in the windows.
Eat and Drink!
Peruvian cuisine is considered the best in Latin America, and many would argue, the World! Lima features restaurants offering a diverse selection of dishes, infused with flavours and ingredients from the regions of Peru and around the world.
As Lima sits along the pacific ocean, there is a tremendous selection of fresh fish and seafood dishes, including the popular Ceviche.
The national drink of Peru is Pisco, which is a liquor made from grapes. One of the most popular cocktails in Peru is the Pisco Sour, first created in Lima in the early 1920s. Trendy bars and restaurants often prepare cocktails with exotic juices and Pisco. Enjoy!