On the list of the best districts of Lima, Miraflores is competing with Barranco for the 1st place. While Barranco is the arts district, Miraflores is the trendiest and best place to sleep in the city.
When Lima was founded, Miraflores was one of the first areas to be settled by the Spanish conquistadores. The nickname “Heroic City” was given to the district after the War of the Pacific, during which an important battle between Peru and Chile took place there.
Today, Miraflores is the most popular district from a tourist’s perspective as it gathers breathtaking views, high-quality food and various fun activities. Walking around the district is really nice, especially during summer, when the wind from the coast arrives to cool down the heat of the sun.
Since we want you to have fun and enjoy yourself at the fullest we have prepared a list of five things you can do during one afternoon in Miraflores. Simply follow the map in order to make a round tour in the most fashionable district of the capital of Peru!
1. Start of with a visit at Huaca Pucllana
The only remaining pre-Inca ruins in Miraflores are located in the archeological site of Huaca Pucllana. This clay and adobe pyramid that is built on a series of seven different platforms was an important ceremonial and administrative structure for the Lima Culture that existed from 200 AD to 700 AD.
It offers an interesting contrast as this ancient structure is surrounded in every part by modern urban infrastructures. Also, a restaurant serving traditional Peruvian food is at the foot of the pyramid, should you want to eat good food before going on a long walk around the district.
Are you especially interested in the Peruvian Culture? Here are the best places to embrace the Peruvian Culture in Miraflores.
2. Enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean when walking on the Malecón
After this little historical start, take Santa Cruz Avenue, until you reach the Malecón or boardwalk. Walk amongst youngsters, older people and families that have come to gather, take their dog out, or simply enjoy the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.
When walking on the Malecón, take a selfie at the Faro la Marina (lighthouse) and keep on walking until you reach the famous Parque del Amor, or Love Park in English This park is dedicated to love and to couples, so it is perfect if you want to find a romantic place for you and your partner. If you walk past the Mellizo bridge stop at the Besos Francés Crepería where all kinds of delicious crepes are served. P
3. Go flying for 10 minutes
Right before Parque del Amor is located the official Paragliding of Miraflores. The coastal cliffs offer excellent conditions for. Don’t worry, you won’t be flying alone and you can even take your phone with you. This is great because you’ll certainly see the coast and city of Lima as you’ve never seen it before and you’ll be able to take amazing pictures.
The cost of this adventure is 260 soles per person ($78 US dollars), and you need to pay in cash (no cards accepted). This entrance fee includes a 10-minute flight with photos and videos in full HD taken with a Go-Pro. You will be able to choose from different companies for paragliding.
4. Keep company to the cats in the most famous park of Lima
After all this adventure, walk up the street called Malecón 28 de Julio, and stop at the Parque John F. Kennedy, in the center of the Miraflores shopping and restaurant district. The park was named after President John F. Kennedy, who sent aid to Peru during his mandate as President of the United States.
Today, it is most popular for its population of over 100 stray cats that lay a little bit everywhere around the park. There are often food stands in the middle of the park, where you can taste picarones, an excellent but very simple dessert made of fried dough and served with special sweet honey.
5. End your afternoon buying gifts and souvenirs at the artisanal market
If you continue straight forward through Arequipa Avenue, after visiting the park, you’ll eventually reach the Indian Market of Miraflores, or Mercado Indio, where typical Peruvian handicrafts and souvenirs are to be found.
Small alpaca dolls; soft and colorful blankets; jumpers; scarfs; beautifully decorated cups; nice small handbags; and any typical souvenir such as ashtrays; small notebooks; or nice magnets are exposed in the various shops that sell all kinds of traditionally decorated things. Perfect for souvenirs and gifts!
By Julia Natri.