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The Plaza de Armas (main square) is surrounded by the important buildings—The cathedral (built in 1607) is on one side, the Presidential Palace on another, City Hall on a third. The Archbishop’s palace, next to the cathedral, was built in 1936, but it looks much older—It matches the cathedral.
The fountain in the center of the Plaza is kilometer 0 for distance measurements in Peru.
Written Dec 30, 2010
Kennedy Park is a pleasant greeen space with lots of flowers, benches for people watching, and a children's playground. In the evenings it turns into a handicraft market when vendors set up tables to display their wares .
Updated Dec 30, 2010
This small but lovely park is full of beautiful mosaic walls and is situated on the cliffs above the Costa Verde shoreline, offering great views over the Pacific Ocean and coast. At its center is a giant sculpture of two lovers kissing, thus the name “Park of Love”. It commemorates the many young locals who come here to get away from the lack of privacy at home. It’s located in what’s referred to as the touristy neighborhood of Miraflores, straight down the street from the Ovalo and Parque Kennedy. If you walk to the park from the Ovalo you’ll see a path leading down to the beach below on your left just before you get to the park.
Written Sep 7, 2009
Miraflores is a district of the Lima Province in Peru. Known for its shopping areas, gardens, flower-filled parks and beaches, it is one of the upscale districts that make up the city of Lima.
Originally founded as San Miguel de Miraflores, it was established officially as a district on January 2, 1857. As a result of the Battle of Miraflores fought during the War of the Pacific, Miraflores got the designation of Ciudad Heroica ("Heroic City"). The current mayor is Manuel Masias. The district's postal code is 18.
Written Aug 23, 2009
There are over 700 shantytowns in Lima, mostly in the south end of the city, and Villa El Salvador is the oldest. It began in 1971 with 9,000 poor families, and now has over 300,000 residents. It became an official district of Lima in 1983. The community has some notable programs in cooperation with the Peruvian government, including the El Salvador Mother’s Club and Mothers’ Kitchen.
Only a small part of the population earns more than 1000 soles per month (about $315) and men earn more than women. There is an industrial area within the community, and 17% of the residents work within it. The rest, if they are employed, travel elsewhere to work.
Furniture seems to be the main thing produced—there are rows and rows of furniture stores. Another industry is manufactured housing. These are very small wood houses (about the size of a small storage locker) that can be purchased for about 600 soles. There are no utilities in El Salvador. People buy water from a truck every 2 days, and they have to boil it.
Written Aug 22, 2009
Address: South of Miraflores
If you don't have a chance to fly over the Nazca Lines, the next best thing is in a park in Lima! The designs in the famous Nazca Lines have been copied in flowers. The park is at a lower level than the sidewalk, and we could see all 5 large designs as we walked along the sidewalk. Like the Nazca Lines themselves, they are best seen from above.
Written Aug 22, 2009
Whether it is summer or winter, you must visit the beach. One of the best ways to get to the beach is in the Baranco district. The only thing the beach is missing is a coffee shop and a bon fire. While at the beach you can see Lima's elite riding their jet skies. These guys ride really crazy, it is quite a show!
Written Aug 12, 2009
Home of the Archbishop of Lima, this building built in 1924 is a beautiful example of the Neocolonial architecture. The palace is famous for it´s wonderful wooden carved balconies and is one of the most photographed buildings in Lima. It´s located one side of the Cathedral.
Written Jul 21, 2009
My travel agent for Peru asked me if I wanted to watch a Peruvian Folk Dance Show that evening– and I said okay. It was only about $40 and would include dinner and it was to be at this restaurant in Miraflores called “Junius”.
It was great! There were several chapters to the dance – showing the whole history of Peru and the costumes were very colourful. The atmosphere was also elegant because this restaurant on Pardo Boulevard was well-organized. The waiters were good and attended to all the needs of the tourists – everybody came from everywhere. I met some Americans living in Peru who decided to treat themselves at this restaurant. Another lady was showing her friend around in Lima and brought her to see the show. This means that locals do patronize this restaurant.
The buffet was also awesome (featuring local dishes) and I think I had too much artichoke because I had stomach upset later. But the food was good and I also got to taste the Peruvian cocktail called Pisco Sour.
Truly a great experience to know more about Peruvian Culture.
Sunday thru Thursday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm & 7:30pm - 10pm
Friday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm & 7:30pm - 11pm
Updated Jun 21, 2009
Address: Jr Independencia #141, Lima, Peru 18
Phone: +51 1 617 1000 ext. 1335
The beach close to Lima was a interesting place to be. The water is a bit cold and have some high waves. It was a lot of people there in the week-ends. The photos are taken from Miraflores beach. You can get there by taking a bus or a taxi, or simply walk down the stairs from the upper part of the city.
Updated Mar 1, 2009
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