What to see in Miraflores

(continuer en français) – Published: February 20, 2021

Miraflores is the most popular residential area in Lima, the capital of Peru. A little outside the historic city centre, it overlooks the Pacific Ocean from the top of a cliff whose edge is landscaped with a series of parks and green spaces.

The row of luxury buildings forms like a second cliff, extending the vertical elevation, leaving only a narrow coastal strip occupied by an expressway and a beach with numerous leisure facilities. A pier supports a promenade with a renowned seafood restaurant.

When visiting Lima, you should expect to have to deal with la garúa. It is a thick fog that covers the sky of Lima for a good part of the year, making what would be a desert bearable. It gives a slightly cottony atmosphere where the colours do not have the same vibrancy as under the sunlight.

A clever use of the cliff combined with the coastal winds can be seen with the practice of paragliding. It’s an amazing sight in the middle of the city, it makes passers-by stop and watch a few flights and landings from a well-arranged platform.

Parque del Amor

Along the Malecón, the Parque del Amor is the most famous place, the one that attracts visitors looking for a souvenir photo of their stay in Lima. Designed in 1993, it is dominated by a massive and provocative sculpture, El Beso. Around it, undulating low walls covered with colourful mosaics carry bits of romantic poetry.

Shortly after the Parque del Amor stands the lighthouse of the Navy. Dating from 1900, it was installed on this promontory in 1973 by the Navy. Its light reaches a distance of 28 miles, 45 kilometres.

Larcomar

Larcomar is a shopping centre of international level, built in 1998 and owned by a Chilean company. It occupies a portion of the cliff, as if suspended above the void. In addition to leading international brands, it is also a leisure area with several restaurants, a cinema and a superb ocean view.

John F. Kennedy Park

In the centre of the district is a green space in two parts, Central Park and John F. Kennedy Park. Numerous cultural events take place here throughout the year and often a musical group adds a touch of sound. On weekends painters come here to sell their paintings.

The parks are also a sanctuary for stray cats, which are fed and cared for there by local associations. The poor cats sometimes find it difficult to escape the loving attention they trigger, especially among the younger people.

At night, life goes on in a neighbourhood where security is higher than elsewhere.

Huaca Pucllana

It is also in Miraflores that the Huaca Pucllana pyramid stands.

It is the ceremonial centre of one of the cities built by the Huari civilization, which developed between 500 and 1000. The Incas appeared a century later taking over their infrastructure. The pyramid was built of dried mud brick, assembled vertically which gave them a better resistance to earthquakes. Many victims of human sacrifice, mainly women, were found there.

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14 comments

    • Lima is an interesting stop on a trip to Peru which generally targets the south of the country with Arequipa, Cusco and of course Machu Picchu. In Lima the historical centre is interesting to visit, but it is more pleasant to stay in Miraflores. I wish you to fulfil your desire to travel to Peru!

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  1. Miraflores is such a nice place to find a spot near the cliffs and take in the view and relax. Your post brought back so many memories of my time in Lima on my last overseas trip. I remember I landed at night and took a taxi to my hostel in Miraflores and was surprised by how many gated streets I went past.

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    • It is true that security remains a concern in Lima, especially at night. Miraflores has a lot of auxiliary police surveillance during the evening and a little less at night, so overall I felt safe there. This was less true when I was in the city centre.

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    • Stray dogs and cats are quite common in South America, but in the case of Miraflores there is an efficient organisation at least in favour of the cats. It is a touching sight after a day’s discovery of the city. Thanks for commenting.

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    • In several large cities in South America there are more pleasant neighbourhoods, more welcoming for visitors. Miraflores in Lima, Soho in Buenos Aires, Zona Rosa in Mexico City. It is useful to know them.

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  2. Great post! When were you there? I was in Lima and the Miraflores neighborhood in 1999. From what I remember, the city was far less developed and not safe at all. Also, the coastline was in terrible shape, littered with trash. Very happy to know from your post that things have improved substantially and Lima is becoming a vibrant coastal city.

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    • I have stayed in Lima several times, there is a convenient night flight from Toronto to fly elsewhere after a stop over. My last stay was at the end of 2019 and the Miraflores area had greatly improved.

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