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The Romance of Lima (Self Guided), Lima

Located on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, Lima makes it the ideal place for a couple to spend some memorable time together. Tourists may walk along the beaches, visit the park of lovers, and/or spend an evening in a restaurant with beautiful view of the sea.
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Guide Name: The Romance of Lima
Guide Location: Peru » Lima (See other walking tours in Lima)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Huaca Pucllana
  • Fountain in Ovalo Balognesi
  • Parque del Amor
  • La Rosa Nautica
  • Miraflores Beach
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.

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
Fountain in Ovalo Balognesi

2) Fountain in Ovalo Balognesi

Lima offers a diverse assortment of fountains, many of which are located in squares or parks. The Fountain in Ovalo Balognesi is among the most fantastic fountains in all of the city. The fountain is located on the famous Miraflores beach, and is brightly illuminated at night.
Parque del Amor

3) 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.

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.
La Rosa Nautica

4) La Rosa Nautica

La Rosa Nautica is what some may call "a restaurant on the waves." The restaurant rates among the most exclusive in the Miraflores district, and is very famous among the locals. La Rosa Nautica is set on pilings and the building offers a relaxing view of the ocean, ships, surfers, and paragladers.
Miraflores Beach

5) Miraflores Beach (must see)

Miraflores is the most attractive of all the districts in Lima, bubbling with friendly faces of locals and visitors enjoying a great summer day in the middle of the week, just walking the sidewalks. Tourists often indulge themselves in the beautiful beaches, as well as the terrific shops and restaurants. Make sure you take your significant other for a walk down the sand, as the sun sets in the distance.

If you're looking for a beach that can be visited and traveled after dark, Playa La Pampilla has good lighting.

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