Miraflores

I’ll be honest. There’s not a whole lot to see in Miraflores, but I love the vibe of this upscale Lima neighborhood. For me, it’s the best place to stay, has some great places to eat, shopping, beaches, and a lot of entertainment options. It’s also easy to get around on foot in Miraflores.

The heart of Miraflores is centered around Parque Kennedy and Parque Central. These green areas have benches, beautiful flower gardens, and free wifi. A bust of John F. Kennedy stands in Parque Kennedy and artists may be selling their work around the perimeter of the parks.

Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Parque Kennedy

Bust of JFK at Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Bust of JFK

Artists outside of Parque Central in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Artists outside of Parque Central

Two historical buildings are next to the parks. The first is Iglesia de la Virgen Milagrosa, a church built in 1939.

Iglesia de la Virgen Milagrosa in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Iglesia de la Virgen Milagrosa

Next door to the church is Municipalidad Distrital de Miraflores, the historic municipal government building. When I walked by, there was an art gallery on the first floor open to visitors.

Municipalidad Distrital de Miraflores in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Municipalidad Distrital de Miraflores

The main strip of bars in Miraflores is located next to Parque Kennedy, Calle de las Pizzas. There are plenty of bars filled with young people every weekend. When I went in 2009, my group of friends had a great time going bar hopping.

Calle de las Pizzas in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Calle de las Pizzas in Miraflores

Near the Pacific Ocean on the cliffs you will find Parque del Amor. It’s a park with tiled benches filled with quotes about love. It’s one of my favorite places to sit and relax.

Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Parque del Amor

Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Parque del Amor

Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Parque del Amor

The statue in the middle of the park is called El Beso. It was made by the Peruvian sculptor Victor Delfín.

El Beso at Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

El Beso

El Beso at Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

El Beso

There are great views out over the ocean and many other parks along the edges of the cliff. At the bottom of the cliffs are several beaches, many popular with surfers. Also along the cliffs is Larcomar. It’s a shopping center with many good restaurants located inside.

View of the Pacific Ocean in Miraflores, Lima, Peru

View of the Pacific Ocean

The biggest attraction and most important site in Miraflores is Huaca Pucllana. It was a pre-Incan adobe and clay pyramid built by the Lima culture between the years 200 and 700. Read more about it here.

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