The statue is what it is but there are parks all along the cliffs here in Miraflores. I spent a few hours wandering up and down while waiting for a friend to finish work. Further S. of here there is a skatepark and a small BMX track for the kids to use.
El Parque del Amor Or Love Park is in the Miraflores District on the cliffs of Chorrillos overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It's surrounded by walls of romantic quotes scripted in mosaic tiles and a monumental statue of two lovers embracing each other in the center of the park by Victor Delfin. We didn't get a chance to see the park except from the bus.
This is an outdoor mall. Larcomar is nice but americanized. For example there is a Hooters here. Which made me not like it very much. It was very expensive for South America. There are a few night clubs here which aren't bad but it is much better in Barranco for night life. It is right on a cliff facing the beach with amazing views. It is pretty safe to go at night if that is what you are worried about. This is a great central meeting place though. Overall it would be nice to stop here if you had 4 days in Lima but if you are only in Lima for a couple days you really shouldn't waste your time. There are many more cultural palces and better nightlife places to go to. However, if LIma is the first place you are visiting in South America and are trying to stay away from a Culture shock its not a bad place to go as starter place.
The small and Gaudinian 'Parque del Amor' is located in the district of Miraflores, which it is said to be the safest in Lima. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this beautiful park basically consists on several banks made in the style used by the catalan architect Gaudi in the Park Güell of Barcelona, in Spain. These banks are covered with lots of 'love recitals'.
The parks holds a big statue very similar to the popular 'Kiss' by August Rodin.
When walking around Miraflores you will find this lighthouse. This lighthouse has been there for a long time, and while I don't think it's active these days, it gives Miraflores a very picturesque view. Also I'm quite jealous because this is the view that relatives of mine have from their huge windows!
This park is dedicated to love and lovers. It's a very picturesque place with moseic work all around the sitting areas and lovely views of the sea... very romantic place to walk around with someone I suppose. If you don't however it's still a very nice place to have a nice walk!
The Miraflores district is one of the most popular and touristy ones in the city of Lima. It's modern, full of shops and restaurants. One of the most famous parks in Lima is situated in this district. The Kennedy park is usually full of people, and many artists try to sell their art pieces, or there are musicians playing creole music.
Walking arounf Miraflores is fun. The street kids are humerous, creative, and self-reliant, if annoying. The people are very friendly and there is a lot of good restaruants in the area, although they are somewhat overpriced by Peruvian standards.
Miraflores is the social hub of Lima.
There are many hostels and restaurants here, and is considered a relatively safer neighbourhood for tourists to wander around late at night.
Parque Kennedy has a small open-air theatre with performances every Thursday to Sunday. There is a handicraft market most evenings.
More blinking neon lights can be found at Centro Comercial Larcomar, a very modern shopping mall. There are expensive chic shops, hip cafes and hot discos. There is also a row of restaurants of all types of cuisine for the cosmopolitans to choose from.
There's a big ice cream parlor near Parque Kennedy with some awesomely huge ice cream dishes. Also available are the "Chinito" an ice cream scoop with slant eyes and a mustache, and the "Mexicano", an ice cream scoop with a pineapple sombrero. The white girl behind me in line was shocked. I figured, when in rome, and ordered a Chinito. Here I am posing with my butchered hair (see my dangers and warnings tip) and my racist ice cream. I guess I'd kinda look like him if I had a mustache.... and an umbrella in my head and a wafer in my back.
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