To most visitors Miraflores is their favorite district in Lima. The restaurants, the shopping, the parks and the view of the Ocean and its beaches and a thriving night-life are all part of the Lima experience. Miraflores is the higher end side of the city and offers some of the most luxurious accommodations in Lima. If you are staying in Lima for just a couple of days, Miraflores makes for an excellent lodging base.
Sunset from the cliffs of Miraflores
The district is an easy place to walk. You can stroll along the seaside or enjoy the view of the Ocean from the flowery cliffs. One of the main attractions is Parque del Amor which means Park of Love, it offers breathtaking views during sunset. It has a small amphitheater and boasts a large statue of Andean lovers in eternal kiss by Peruvian sculptor Victor Delfin. It is a romantic place; you see a lot of couples cudding.
Parque del Amor
If you feel like swimming or surfing head to Playa Costa Verde, also called Waikiki. It is a favorite among local surfers. Despite warnings of pollution and hazards limeños hit the beaches during the summer. For cleaner beaches you can head south of Lima.
Costa Verde beach circuit
Go shopping in LarcoMar, a mall overlooking the ocean or on Ave. Larco, Calle Ocharan and San Martin where unique clothing boutiques offer the latest fashions and handmade accessories. You can also find galleries featuring fine Peruvian art by local artists.
LarcoMar Mall, Miraflores
The flea market and the art shows in Parque Kennedy provide good entertainment and shopping opportunity for those looking for hand crafted Peruvian souvenirs.
Miraflores is certainly alive at night. There is Calle de las Pizzas which translates to Pizza Street where young people hung out. A number of high quality restaurants, pubs and cafes are open late. The district also has some busy night clubs centered on Plaza Kennedy and LarcoMar.
Calle de las Pizzas
Historic Lima is the most visited tourist destination, the Center of Lima or Centro de Lima, as locals call it, used to be the entire city with the Plaza the Armas as its heart.
San Isidro is one of the upscale districts of Lima with exclusive residential areas featuring some older mansions belonging to old aristocratic families.
At night Barranco becomes the Lima that never sleeps, there is a large concentration of bars, live music nightclubs and peñas.
Like any megalopolis Lima suffers from pollution, traffic and poverty. Water supply is a big issue in a city located in the desert.