Parque de La Amor is located along the sea cliffs of Miraflores, and is a popular spot for lovers, old and young, to visit and express their passions. You will see Limenos in various states of embrace, holding flowers or just gazing longingly into each others eyes. You can bring your own lover and do the same if you wish. Or you can just come and watch.
The reason for all this public display of affection only partially has to do with the large sculpture of two lovers embracing which hovers over the park, begging for imitation. It also has to do with the fact that Limenos are already inclined to make out in public anyway. I saw it in almost every park.
On Valentine's Day they have a concert at Parque de La Amor and I'm also told that they hold a kissing competition at some point in the year. Good luck if you try to enter. After watching the Limenos, I'm sure it would be hard to beat a Peruvian couple at public kissing!
Miraflores is a distric by the coast, in the south of Lime. It's a modern residential area, with big commercial avenues, nice parks and cottages. There are many bars, restaurants, hotels and some of the best beaches inside Lima (though this doesn't mean they are specially good).
It is the place where you will go for a room in most of the case, tough I found Barranco (a bit southwards) a more convenient, cheap and quiet district.
Located in the Plaza de Armas is probably one of the most visited buildings in Lima. Try to visit it on sundays as you will see more activity, people coming to masses, and even some parade in the square. Entrance is free, though you can hire a guide to explain you the many chapels and paintings inside.
Inside is buried Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru, and his tomb can be visited.
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!
El Aniversario de Lima (Anniversary of Lima), anniversary of the founding of Lima, celebrated with fireworks and shows, 18 Jan, throughout the city
Carnavales, pre-Easter carnival, celebrated with street parties, concerts and the gleeful throwing of water-filled balloons at friends and unsuspecting passers-by, Feb, throughout the city
Semana Santa (Holy Week), celebrations consist of colourful processions through Lima, mid-Apr, throughout the city
Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day), celebrations include music, military and school processions and fireworks in Plaza de Armas the night before, 28-29 Jul, throughout the city
Fiesta de Santa Rosa de Lima (St Rose of Lima), public holiday celebrated with processions and music, 30 Aug, Lima Centro
Mes del Señor de los Milagros (Month of Our Lord of the Miracles), processions occur on three separate days in honour of the patron saint of Lima, Oct, throughout the city
International Bullfighting Competitions, 1-30 Nov, Plaza de Acho
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.
I took a guided tour to the catacombs, which was very interesting. Our guide spoke good English and knew very much about the monastery. There are remains of about 70.000 people in the catacombs. I was also impressed by the monastery's library but then I just love books and reading.
If you are in Lima on the 30th August, then keep in mind not to miss Santa Catalina' celebrations!
All arounf Plaza de Armas is full coloured with flowers, flags, people screaming, an amazing surround...
Just hang around and get involved....but take care of robbers...
The center and the heart of Lima is off course Plaza de Armas, altough it drives your mind on what has been happening here during last centuries, if ya know what i mean...
However the square is somehting beautifull and therefore something you gotta see!
The San Francisco Church and Monastery was originally constructed in the middle of the 17th century. It survived the earthquakes of 1687 and 1746, but was serious damaged in 1970. Today, the church has been well restored and is regarded one of the best preserved colonial churches in Lima.
We visited the beautiful church on our own, but joined a 1-hour guided tour to see the old monastery (only way possible). Quite interesting tour, we passed through many halls and gangways with great woodwork, beautiful ceilings, paintings, and religious art items. We also visited the monastery library, it is one of the most historically important libraries with antique texts dating back to the conquistadors. The tour also included a visit to the labyrinth catacombs beneath the church. The church used to serve as a cemetery and estimated 25,000 people are buried here. There are bones and skulls everywhere in the dark catacombs, some sorted and neatly arranged...
A great place to start any tour of Lima is in the Plaza de Armas in El Centro. This has literally been the center of the city for hundreds of years. Much has been altered or renovated over the years, but the bronze fountain in the middle of the square has looked the same since 1651. In 1821, Jose de San Martin announced Peru's independence from Spain from this very spot.
I enjoyed our quick walk around Plaza de Armas. There were quite a few people sitting on the benches here just relaxing as well as plenty of people crossing the square going about their business of daily life. Like almost every square in Lima, you'll find the city's main cathedral here along with the City Hall.
Sitting close to the Government Palace the Desmparados is the oldest railway station in Lima. It was constructed beginning in 1911 as the central train station. Today it is used for office and exhibition uses. The buiilding was designed by Rafael Marquina an innovative Peruvian architect.
The interior of the building is worthy of seeing. It contains a beautiful stained glass ceiling and skylight. The exterior od the building is considered to be of the Beaux Arts style.
Museo Rafael Larco Herrera is considered to be the most complete collection of pre-Columbian artefacts and relics in the world. It consist of more than 40,000 pieces of pottery and 5,000 pieces of gold, silver and textiles, and the collection is so big that only a small part are on display at the main exhibition. But you can also visit a storage room, which is stacked right to the ceiling with pottery - and a separate building contains the world's largest collection of erotic pottery!
We went on a one-hour guided tour (in English), and it gave a great overview of the Peruvian ancient history. Besides the Incas, we also learned about the cultures of Mochica, Nazca, and Chimu. The guided tour is not included in the entrance fee, but we only paid a small tip for the tour and it is highly recommendable.
The Spanish Inquisition used this building from 1570 to 1820. I took a guided tour there and the young man told me a lot about the history and I got to see the basement where prisoners were tortured. There are some life-size waxworks of the unfortunate people. Please note the beautiful wooden ceiling in the library. Unlike the guidebooks recommend the guides don't take tips. At least my guide looked almost terrified when I offered him some money!
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