About Roberto R
Lives in Lima, Peru
Since Feb 2008
18-24 year old male
Currently in Lima, Peru.
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
Gift & Speciality Shops
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Fountains
Churches & Cathedrals
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks
Miraflores is one of the most visited neighborhoods in Lima, due to its wide variety of attractions. In addition to craggy cliffs and pretty beaches, this coastal neighborhood abounds with green spaces, public art, and shopping opportunities galore. I suggest taking a walk or a bike ride through El Malecón (a six-mile stretch of parks above the Pacific), making stops at the Miraflores lighthouse and the iconic Parque del Amor (Park of Love).
While you are in Miraflores, you need to stop in Parque Kennedy, known by tourists as the 'cat park' because there are felines everywhere! Lots of shops, bars, and restaurants can be found all around the park too.
Larcomar is one in the best shopping centers of Peru. Built into the cliff, it offers exceptional views of the Lima coast in addition to sundry shops and high-end brands, a variety of restaurants and coffee shops, nightclubs, and a cinema. If you are a shopping fanatic, you will fall in love with this place, and if you're not, you'll still love the views.
Historical ruins (called "huacas") from ancient Peruvian civilizations are scattered throughout Lima, and Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores is one of the best examples. Many of the other huacas are fenced off, but not preserved. Much of Huaca Pucllana, on the other hand, has been restored, providing an interesting glimpse into ancient culture. Likely built around 500 AD, Huaca Pucllana was a ceremonial and administrative center for a society called 'Cultural Lima,' which developed along the central coast between 200 and 700 AD.
Located right next to the archaeological site, the restaurant of the same name is a great option for lunch after a morning of sightseeing. The top-rated restaurant prides itself (and rightly so) on serving delicious Peruvian dishes made from quality, locally sourced ingredients.
Located in the district of San Isidro, Parque El Olivar is a huge park full of olive trees. It's a great spot for walking, picnicking, or simply relaxing — and there are plenty of great photo ops too!
The Plaza de Armas, also known as Plaza Mayor, is located in the historic center of Lima. It's surrounded by beautiful and important buildings, including the Government Palace, where the president lives, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Municipal Palace of Lima. The architecture remains largely the same as when Lima was founded, complete with a beautiful bronze fountain, dating back to 1650, at the center of the square.
One of the best preserved of Lima's many colonial churches, the buttery yellow Iglesia San Francisco is a beautiful example of baroque architecture, with gilded side altars and a stunning Moorish-style cupola. Perhaps better known than the church itself, however, are the catacombs, the final resting place of an estimated 75,000 bodies. Part of Lima's original cemeteries, the catacombs are fascinating to explore, since many of the remains are exposed along the walls or stacked in strange patterns.
As the sun is going down, head to Parque De La Reserva to check out the Magic Water Circuit. A series of 13 distinct fountains, the circuit holds the world record for largest fountain complex in the world. At night, they light up and dance, in show of lights and colors that kicks off a magical evening!
Not too far from Miraflores and Larcomar, the district of Barranco is known not only for its tourist attractions, but also as a bohemian district, where many artists and writers live. Nights are always young here, and weekends are ideal for the night owls who like to party! (There are several clubs and nice pubs around.) I suggest strolling along the Bajada de Baños, a stone walkway that leads to the water, and down to Puente de los Suspiros (the "Bridge of Sighs"), where you can truly feel the essence of the neighborhood.