Lima: Exploring Miraflores (Self Guided), Lima

Miraflores is the most attractive district for tourists in all of Lima. The district offers phenomenal views of the ocean, as well as amazing seashore restaurants, shops, parks, and interesting archaeological sites.
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Lima: Exploring Miraflores Map

Guide Name: Lima: Exploring Miraflores
Guide Location: Peru » Lima (See other walking tours in Lima)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: vickyc
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Huaca Pucllana

1) Huaca Pucllana (must see)

Huaca Pucllana is an archaeological site dating circa 200-700 AD, located in the Miraflores district of Lima. The staggering seven platform pyramid is made of adobe (small, handmade bricks, dried in the sun) and clay, and was popularly known as the place for ritual games. The mega structure stands almost 22 meters high, and is divided into two sections: one for ceremonial and the other for administrative use. The ceremonial section contains benches and deep pits that were designated for offerings of fish and miscellaneous marine life to the gods in a bid to win their favor. A part of this section features multiple small huts and clay structures with few walls still in place that once served as courtyards and patios.

The intended purpose of this pyramid was to demonstrate the religious might of the elite clergy and their ability to control the use of local natural water resources. The place serves as a significant ceremonial and administrative center for promoting Peruvian culture. There are tourist guides available for visitors to the museum, a little park whith native flora and fauna, and a house of craftsmen where handicrafts are exhibited and offered for sale.

Why You Should Visit:
Easily accessible from Miraflores, well preserved, with tour guides sharing interesting details about the construction, religion, and lifestyle of the original and subsequent inhabitants.
The pyramid is attractively lit up at night and one of the best spots to view this is at the on-site restaurant which features delicious haute cuisine.
The small garden and animal farm (with llama, cuyi, etc.) is cute and adds a little dimension to the place.

Tip:
This is a "guided-tour-only" site with the duration of a little over an hour (~20 mins above the pyramid). You could stop by here on your way to the Miraflores clifftop which is about a half-hour walk south (by turning right onto Ave. Arequipa), with the small John F. Kennedy park along the way for a brief stop before getting to the cliff where you can spend about half a day up and down.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 9am-5pm
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Huaca Pucllana's Handicraft Gallery

2) Huaca Pucllana's Handicraft Gallery (must see)

Huaca Pucllana features a handicraft gallery with objects from ancient cultures of Peru. Some of the items in the gallery date back to 400 AD, with notices explaining the relationship between the crafts on sale and the historical craft practices. Aside from the gallery, Huaca Pucllana is a treasure in itself. The archaeological discovery is an ancient pyramid ruin and a must-see while in Lima.

Visiting Hours:
Wed-Mon: 9am-5pm
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Centro Cultural Ricardo Palma

3) Centro Cultural Ricardo Palma

Centro Cultural Ricardo Palma is another fantastic site for Peruvian art. Located in the Miraflores District, Centro Cultural Ricardo Palma offers art from local talent. Inside the gallery, visitors will admire a pleasant collection of paintings, photography, and contemporary prints.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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Casa Museo Ricardo Palma

4) Casa Museo Ricardo Palma

For those interested in the arts and literature of Peru, a visit to the quaint, small town of Miraflores is one of the definite must-dos. Tourists are particularly encouraged to visit the Museo Casa Ricardo Palma, which at one point was the home of famous Peruvian scholar, author, politician and librarian, Ricardo Palma. The early 20th century museum has the look of a 'rancho' and is housed in a one story building with large windows, stucco moldings and high bars made of wrought iron.

After Palma's death, the Civic Cooperation of Miraflores started negotiations with a view to convert the property into a museum, dedicated to the life and works of Ricardo Palma, author of the path-breaking 'Tradiciones Peruanas', a literary genre combining history and fiction. In the acknowledgment of the importance of Palma's cultural heritage, his residence was declared a national historic monument on January 19th, 1962.

The museum collection includes old paintings, furniture, books, and accessories that once belonged to the author. Upon redecoration, the house has regained the atmosphere of a turn of the century dwelling, with sufficient space and area for an auditorium. The latter was used to hold theme events related to Palma’s work.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
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Park Kennedy Crafts Market

5) Park Kennedy Crafts Market

In the central part of Kennedy Parque, tourists will locate a small craft market known as Park Kennedy Crafts Market. Owners begin to sell local crafts at about 5 p.m and often work as late as 11 p.m. The market is a great destination at night and a perfect area for souvenirs.
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Iglesia de la Virgen Milagrosa

6) Iglesia de la Virgen Milagrosa

The Church of Virgin Milagrosa is located in Kennedy Park. The building is very well decorated and worth a visit - if nothing less than for its impressive architecture. The Church of Virgin Milagrosa is also the largest church in the district of Lima.
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Miraflores Municipal Gallery

7) Miraflores Municipal Gallery (must see)

The Miraflores Municipal Gallery is also known as the Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland, as the gallery is located inside this building. Intimate, comfortable, and free to enter, the gallery hosts plenty of temporary art exhibits, including both works from local artists, as well as artists from abroad. Worth a peek!
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Jazz Zone Club

8) Jazz Zone Club

The Jazz Zone Club offers several different live bands which range from blues to experimental jazz. The club prefers classic king, however contemporary jazz is also a popular genre at the club. The Jazz Zone Club serves outstanding drinks and appetizers, and is one of the few places where you may get the chance to hear an old wooden box-like drum, known as the jam flamenco.
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Centro Comercial el Suche

9) Centro Comercial el Suche

Located at Avenida La Paz, Miraflores, Centro Comercial El Suche features a wide variety of antiques, including a wide range of antique jewelry, objets d’art and many more. In addition, you can also find a selection of ethic and indigenous art and beautiful jewelry. The business, which was founded in 1974 by Giannoni Tame and the family Villaran de la Puente, was carried on by the Villarans and the company Representacines Turisticas, before being inherited by the sons of Villaran who continued to manage it today. Operation Hours Monday - Saturday: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm & 3 pm - 8 pm
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Parque del Amor

10) Parque del Amor (must see)

“The eternal happiness in life is to love and be loved”, so is the famous saying by George Sand. If you wish to express love to your sweetheart like you've never done before or to make them feel special, then make your way to Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima. This lovers' park is laid out on the cliffs of Chorrillos, creating an illusion of floating over the Pacific Ocean. Environed by walls inscribed with love quotes, it is virtually breathing romance.

You will hardly find another place on Earth or a monument built specifically for lovers, except here, in Miraflores. A kiss, as an apt example of action, speaks louder than words; based on this assumption is the statue of El Beso, featuring a couple passionately absorbed in the act of kissing. The park celebrates the joy of love openly and unreservedly. It is a favorite hangout spot for people in love, of all ages. The park emanates immense freedom for a public display of love, without conventional brakes or boundaries.

There are various “themed” competitions held within, including that for the longest kiss. Watching the sunset at Parque del Amor, while embracing your dear one, brings a very special feeling. The atmosphere of serenity and tranquility seems to hold you back. Make sure to visit this place if you want to enjoy a unique sensation of love.

Why You Should Visit:
Situated in El Malecón, a six-mile stretch of parks high above the Pacific Ocean, this is a unique place to stroll along the wonderful cliffs landing in the ocean in the midst of Lima.
It is clean and nicely landscaped, has twisting trails taking you far away, beautiful sea views, flowers in near-perpetual full bloom, and the Gaudí-inspired wavy muraled wall.

Tip:
Keep walking a few minutes north of the park, and you'll see the taking-off point for parasailers. The Malecón is the prime spot for parasailing in Lima — gliders jump off the cliffs and ride the winds whipping off the ocean below. For $50, you can take a 10-min flight with a trained parasailing guide; buy tickets at the small kiosk at Block 2 of the Malecón.

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