At the Morro Solar in Chorrillos, there is a enlighted cross, that recently has been erected.
I gives quite an impressing picture of the beach panorama.
If you are inspired you can go to the Park of love in Miraflores (El Parque del Amor), and you will get a good view.
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.
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.
Miraflores is the new commercial heart of Lima. Walking around it is almost like being in another city because the difference between its avenues or streets and the ones from Lima is huge.
The tourist attractions however are concentrated in Lima old city center, so there ain´t much to do in Miraflores. The best thing to do is to walk around hurryless just checking out the people, streets, squares and the commerce.
The view of the "Green Coast" (or "Costa verde"), how the beaches of Miraflores are called, is amazingly beautiful!!! It is probably one of the best pictures of my trip.
Miraflores´ beaches are very popular among surfers, but it is hard to see someone sunbathing there. Probably because instead of soft sand, there are only rocks lining the beaches.
The best beaches for sunbathing are those located in the districts south of Lima, such as Punta Hermosa and Punta Negra (around 50 km south).
The Parque del Amour or Park of Love is located in the Miraflores district near the Pacific Ocean. It was opened in 1993 on Valentines day. The colorful mosaic benches may remind one of Gaudi Park in Barcelona Spain. The centerpiece of the park is the sculpture of El Beso, a couple engaged in a passionate kiss. It was sculpted by Victor Delfin. The sculpture celebrates the lovers who gather to catch the sunset on the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Walking here at most times of day you may see many couples kissing or snuggled together. Bring your significant other to this park around sunset you both will be glad you did.
The one day of sun we had in Lima we were lucky enough to spend paragliding. It really is so exhilarating feeling the wind catch the sail and finding yourself floating over the ocean (or maybe it's just deep relief!). Height is achieved by using the air currents from the ocean that bouce off the skyscapers lining the cliffs of Miraflores. In doing so you get to peep into some beautiful apartments (I know a little creepy) and see some amazing roof top patios. Highly recommended! It's only offered in the afternoon, around 3ish. Head to Larco Mar and settle into a patio with a coffee, once you see the paragliders sail past you they're open. Head towards the park of love and you'll see them set up on the field just beyond. If you watch for a while you'll pick up on the man in charge - just walk up and get your name on the list. At the time it cost 40 dollars for 15 mins. I know a little steep but I thought it was well worth it.
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.
For $10-20 you can get a surf lesson in the ocean off Miraflores. The waves tend to be best North of the pier but the water can be spotty due to drainage from the city...brown foam in the water reminds me of Santa Monica or Venice CA after a storm.
As you can see there a plenty of guys out there on their boards and the waves looked kinda fun.
Check with your hostal or hotel for a shop that can arrange a lesson.
In the centre of Parque Kennedy, next to the church, is an information booth of the Ayuntamiento de Miraflores (city council). (See picture). They have some very nice, and many not-touristic, excursions. They organise, for instance, an excursion to the presidential palace in the centre of Lima, (half day, take your passport!), a day-excursion to Chincha (the town, an old hacienda, lunch and a visit to a pisco factory), beach trips and much more. There is also a double-decked bus doing a one-hour tour of Miraflores and a morning tour to Pachacamac ruins. (The other excursions are in normal, comfortable buses). Their program changes every month so check with them when you're there. They also have a website, and look for Cultura y Turismo, click on turismo, visitas turisticas.
Very nice and cheap and very good. It helps when you speak some Spanish though. Nevertheless it is really worthwhile to go with them. Well organised, on-time and very friendly. Few foreign tourists take their excellent tours. Really recommended!
Info January 2009
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.
The Costa Verde or 'Green Coast' is the name given to Lima's west coast. It is here that Peru meets the Pacific Ocean. Lima is an oasis in an otherwise desert coast where it rarely rains - however it is often very hazy, especially in the morning.
Costa Verde is best seen in the district of Miraflores. There is a footpath that follows along the top of the cliffs which provides some great views over the ocean.
This park, dedicated to lovers was opened on Valentines Day 1993. The feature is a huge statue of two lovers kissing and is called of course "The Kiss"
Situated on the cliff tops of Miraflores the park overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has traditionally been a meeting place for couples.
The statue is surrounded by colourful and beautifully tiled walls. In my mind they are reminiscent of the art of Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona
The Huaca Pucllana is a great adobe and clay pyramid which can be found in the centre of the Miraflores District. The pyramid has seven enormous platforms and was a ceremonial and administration centre between 200 - 700 AD.
The pyramid stands in a plaza or square and can be seen to have been divided into offeratory and administration sections. The site covers an area of 500 x 100 metres and is 22 metres in height. Excavation work still continues.
I found it intriguing the way the bricks were placed on their sides in order to take the impact of earthquakes.
Guided tours for small groups are available in Spanish and English and the tour takes about 45 minutes. These seem to be included in the entry but it is expected that you tip the guide. It is well worth the tip of a few S/.
Wed to Mon 09.00 am to 04.30 pm
1st of January, Good Friday, 1st of May, 28th of June and 25th of December
Adults: S/. 7, Univ. Students: S/. 3, Children: S/. 1, Retirees: S/. 1
Parque Kennedy is a little park surrounded by restaurants and bars that marks the center of your Lonely Planet Miraflores map. Among the things that surround Parque Kennedy are: a Chifa, an alley with lots of bars, a racist ice cream shop (see my other tip), various fast food, an ATM, lots of cabs, a Brazilian restaurant with lots of yummy drinks, a Swiss restaurant, and some nice drunken teenagers who offered us a light. Oh, and this pretty little church.