Get out of your house this week and do some sightseeing in the most beautiful districts of Lima by bike. A little bit of physical activity will not only help you get to know some of the capital’s attractions in a different way, but you’ll also be doing so in an environmentally-friendly manner.
Pass through the Miraflores malecon, or the parks and quaint streets of San Isidro and Surco on two wheels. If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry – many of these districts have implemented bike rentals and even offer tours.
Take a look at the following 6 locations recommended in Lima for a perfect ride of sightseeing:
Take an unforgettable bike ride and enjoy this district’s beautiful green areas and excellent views of the Pacific Ocean. Not having a bike is not a problem in Miraflores, as you can rent them for S/ 20 per hour along the tourist circuit thanks to Mirabici located in Salazar Park (Parque Salazar).
Miraflores has plenty of routes you can’t miss, such as those along Malecon Cisneros and Malecon Reserva and parks like Central, Reducto N° 2, María Reiche and Parque del Amor.
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2. San Borja
This was one of the first districts in Lima to offer bikes for rent. With 23 km of bike lanes, San Borja has 200 bikes to rent, distributed in 12 renting stations. The only requirement to rent this bikes is to be a resident of San Borja, a copy of your DNI, and a receipt from an electric bill.
The Pentagonito is one of the best spots for a ride in San Borja, especially Sundays when the surrounding street is closed to car traffic so that you and your family can have more space for physical activities such as bike riding. As well, Parque de la Felicidad and avenues like Boulevard and Cavalier are favorites of bike riders.
3. San Isidro
Sharing a network of bike paths with Magdalena and Jesús María, San Isidro stands out for its incredible nature. The best place to bike ride is Parque El Olivar which has 87 thousand square meters of green space. No wonder it’s one of the district’s main attractions.
4. Jesús María
Campo de Marte is a route you don’t want to miss. With more than 70 thousand square meters, it is considered one of the green lungs’ of Lima. It is noteworthy that this district has plenty of bike paths for shorter rides, as well as unique statues to admire along the way.
Riding a bike in Surco is no difficult task thanks to the district’s municipality which offers the program BiciSurco. The bike circuit takes about 45 minutes and runs through Av. De los Precursores, Jr. Batallón Tarma, Jr. Batallón San Juan, and Av. Morro Solar. The only requirement is to sign up on www.bicisurco.com
6. La Molina
One of the other districts that has been implementing shared bike paths in Lima is La Molina. If you’re looking to add more adrenaline to your bike trip, we recommend you do so in La Planicie, which has ups and downs that will test your endurance.
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