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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Close to the church at Kennedy Park is the Mirabus agency.The excursion "Lima de noche" stars at 6 PM and it lasts 3 and a half hours.You can see a phantastic view of the enlightened buildings in downtown Lima and a park where there are fountains with laser ligts called "Circuito Magico del Agua".This hace started in 2008.
Smack dab in the middle of the Miraflores district is Huana Pucllana, a huge temple area used by the pre-incan civilization that inhabited the area. Made from small bricks, the temple is very large and quite impressive. It is definately worth a see, and while your at it eat at the nearby Huana Pucllana resteraunt, a pricey but quite tasty place to eat, relax, look at the ruins and reflect on days old. All visitors must be guided by a tour guide, which is included in the cost. Takes about 20-30 minutes, going really slow, to visit the site.
Right in front of the Santo Domingo church you can find a little statue with a sad story. It's a monument to the shoeshine boys that are so popular in cities like Lima. This statue was made in honor to one of this little boys how apparently died on the streets one winter.
The Chinese quarters appeared in Lima due to the great amount of Chinese inmigrants that arrived in the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. This part of the city is situated very close to the center (right next to the mercado central), and it's vibrant with life, plenty of shops where you can find almost anything, and especially Chinese restaurants or "Chifas", as they are called in Peru. Chifas are not like Chinese restaurants in other parts of the world, but rather a bit of a mixture between Chinese food and the Creole dishes.
One tip for when you're walking around the Chinese quarters is to remember to look at the floor! You'll find inscriptions of marriages, birhts and so on... very original!
This is a cultural center located in front of the Washington park. I went there to see one of my cousin's sculptures. There are regular exhibitions of the many talented artists in the city and surroundings. If you're an art lover this is definitely a place worth visiting.
The last day in Lima we went on city tour around Lima. It was, for us, a kind of resume of our holidays as many things we had seen and done during our vacations in Peru. We visited the modern and residential areas of Lima and also the Colonial and Republican City centre of Lima. We visited the Plaza san Martin, surrounded by white buildings. At the Central Square we went for a walk and felt the atmosphere of ancient times. We enjoyed the Convent of San Francisco very much. From there we went along the Huaca Puclanan a pre-Inca temple in the middle of modern Miraflores! From there on to the Love Park with a precious view over Lima's bay and the Pacific Ocean. We finshed in the bohemian Barranco and had a very good lunch. We do not agree with the books that you should leave Lima immediately, this is a must do during your holidays.
The Love Park or "Parque del Amor" is situated in Miraflores and set amidst the wonderful backdrop of the ocean. It is quite a peaceful setting where you can take in the gorgeous view around it and inhale the fresh ocean air.
This is supposedly a one-of-a-kind park in that most parks throughout the world are created as a tribute to war heroes or war achievements, while this particular park is solely dedicated to the theme of LOVE. Guided by this theme, Parque del Amor highlights a sculpture of lovers passionately kissing one another.
This world would definitely be a different one if we only see it through the lenses of LOVE. The power of LOVE can definitely conquer all!
See this park for yourself and take in its wonderful message!
If the day tours won't work with your schedule, there is an option to tour Lima at nighttime. You'll see the various historical sites lit up and that is an experience in itself. See weblink regarding the Lima by Night tour:
See my Lima page for my experience at La Dama Juana. This restaurant apparently offers cultural shows in the evenings.
Goodluck & do enjoy Lima!
The changing of the guard in the Presidential Palace occurs at noon daily. The pageantry of the affair is evident. It is a royal, elegant, and highly official display of the government's role in Peruvian society. One must see this event when they are in town.
This pyramid right inside the Lima city limits is a short walk within the Miraflores district. Huaca Pullana dates back to 200-700 AD. This is nine centuries before the Incans started building Macchu Picchu. This huge construction, made from small handmade, sun-dried brick, is 22 meters high. It is divided into two areas, for ceremonial and administrative ends. You can visit by guided tours only. The guided tours include a walk around and on the pyramid, a visit through the museum, the small park with native flora and fauna and the craftsmen's house where handicrafts are on exhibit and for sale. Admission is about 5 sols ($1.50 USD) which includes the tour in either English or Spanish.
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