The parks are what make Miraflores great, in my opinion. The Park of Love (Parque del Amor) features some great, colorful tile walls and a great view. However, the park smells a little unpleasant.
The Lighthouse Park (Parque el Faro) also has a great view from the cliff and offers a great seat for locals playing soccer.
I can't remember the name. I've also heard it called the Miraflores Roundabout. It's on the on Av. Jose Pardo. It has a lovely park, some pretty building and promising markets. I watched some locals do some type of yoga in the shaded area in the park. There were dozens are artists selling their painting and the Cathedral was great.
Not far from there was a local market (I felt a little conspicious with my light hair and skin) where I just plain absorbed the sights and smells (some not so great as others).
An Inca market nearby was Artesanias Urin Huanca S.A.
On a weekend, Park Kennedy in Miraflores is a happening place to be. Artists are out selling their paintings, lovers are pecking at each other in the shade, children are playing on the swings and people are just enjoying their leisure time. On one weekend evening, a crowd was watching a dozen ballroom dancers waltz while, not far away, a colorful band of local musicians played Peruvian tunes.
There are pre-Inca ruins right in Miraflores. Huaca Pucllana is about 1500 years old, and it was a cultural and religious site for the Lima culture. In the Quechua language it means “Place of entertainment.” This was the smallest of about 40 temples the Limas built. They quit building about 700 A.D. when the Wari invaded. The Ichma were the last group here; the Wari were before them.
The pyramids and other buildings were constructed of mud bricks, and their “bookcase” construction style (layers of upright bricks with spaces between) was earthquake resistant. They had no kilns—the bricks were air-dried.
Huaca Pucllana is a step pyramid, and it is solid inside. Periodically, they wanted to make it taller without losing the flat area on top, so they started from the ground up, encasing the previous pyramid with another layer of mud bricks.
Archaeologists found offerings to the gods on the top—fruit, cotton, seashells, sharks, etc. The “Plaza of the Women’s Sacrifice” was named following the discovery of a group of women’s skeletons in a circle.
The site is open from 9-4 (closed Tuesdays) and is Free.
Go to hang out at Larco Mar, and eat at the restaurant that has a patio overlooking the ocean. Great scenary and great buffet lunch. One of my favorite memory in Peru. Also, movie is cheap there and often is in English with Spanish subtitles. Walk down to the beach and listen to the water washing off the pebbles and rocks, very soothing, you definitely know you are on vacation. Walk along the shore down south to the park where there is the statue of a couple embracing, very green. Also check out the paragliding activitiy, which is $35 for 15 min. (if I remembered correctly). An experience pilot will take you in the sky gliding over the cliff, a great experience!
If you are travelling with your girlfriend I can highly recommend this very romantic park. Panoramic view over the pacific ocean approximately 50 metres below, the sound from the waves and a red sunset creates the frames for a perfect evening.
This park was dedicated to lovers to make an exception of the typical monuments dedicated to warriors
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.
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!
Paragliding off the cliffs of Lima was one of the best highlights of my Peru trip. It was $40 to go tandem with an instructor. You can take your camera up and get some awesome pictures. Or, if your going with friends, ask to go up all at the same time so you can take pictures of each other in the air!
We stayed in the district of Miraflores which is an inexpensive cab ride away from the city center. It's a safer neighborhood and has the best infrastructure of hotels and other accommodations. The Parque Miraflores is a nice green space along the main street, Avenida Jose Larco and in front of the neighborhoods cathedral. Larco is lined with restaurants, shops and bars. My buddy Ryan and I even got haircuts at a place along this street. At the end of Larco, you'll find an open-air mall that overlooks the ocean and the cliffs.
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.
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!
I can recomend my friend's business SkyKitchen.
It's in Miraflores, Lima and offers a three to fours hour cooking class where you are teached three or four of the most emblematic Peruvian plates. There is a lunch class and a dinner class.
The special thing about SkyKitchen is, you not only watch the chef preparing something, but everybody prepares his own plates. Afterwards you eat your self-made dishes together with the other participants and the cook. All that on a rooftop terrace with a great view over Lima.
You get useful hints on where to buy and on how to substitute difficult-to-find products in your home country. You also get the receipts in written form.
More information on www.yurac.de
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.
Want to shop for things Peruvian or eat your lunch or dinner with a spectacular view?
Larcomar is a shopping presinct designed to fit into the cliffs of Miraflores. From the street all you see is a park overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Take the stairs or escalator down and you are in the most intriguing shopping mall.
Larcomar provides a mixture of local and touristic shops and a selection of restaurants.
Take the link below but translate into English