I must say, Peru is a travelers’ paradise and when it comes to what to do in Miraflores Lima this is one of its concealed solitaires. It is basically a district of Lima province in the country of Peru. Located some odd 10 km from the downtown of the city, Miraflores is one of the first regions established by the Spanish after Lima was discovered. As a result of that, Miraflores has a rich history to tell to its tourists. Earlier in the 19th century, Miraflores in Peru was known as the sleepy beachfront resort town. However, with time, it emerged as one of the largest urban areas and most important districts of Peru.
Talking about the things to know and what to do in Miraflores, well, the list is pretty overwhelming. There is a gamut of choices and activities to do in this region. From nature sightseeing and history tour to adventure and shopping, there are a plethora of things to do in Miraflores. Now if you are looking for what to do in Miraflores in Lima, Peru, well, your search ends here. In this post, I have covered some of the best and highly recommended activities that you should look to do on your Peru tour.
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Walk On The Boardwalk
Boardwalk or Miraflores Malecon is one of the most iconic attractions. If you are wondering what Boardwalk actually is. Well, it is the 6 mile stretch of a boardwalk which starts with Malecon de la Marina in the north. Whereas, it ends at Malecon Cisneros in the south. Unlike any other boardwalk, it is a cliff-top walk offering some exceptional vistas of the pacific coast. Along the stretch, there are also a series of parks. Of all the parks, the most famous one is Parque del Amor, which is also referred to as Love Park. If you are with your consort, then visiting this park is also one of the most important things to do in Miraflores. You can picnic here at this place or can choose to rent a bike to go for a short bike tour along the walkway.
Malecón de la Reserva 275, Miraflores 15074, Peru
All throughout the day
No Entry Fee
Explore Huaca Pucllana Ruins
We all have heard of pyramids, isn’t it? Well, the district of Miraflores gives you that once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the pyramid. Huaca Pucllana Ruins is a well-preserved pre-Inca temple complex which is also one of the best things to do in Miraflores, Lima. On the one-hour tour of Pucllana, you will get a chance to get an insight into the three pre-Incan cultures. It is indeed one of the most astonishing archaeological sites in Peru. At Huaca Pucllana Ruins, you will also find an upscale restaurant that serves the delectable Peruvian cuisine. The restaurant is located at the foot of the pyramid.
Ca. Gral. Borgoño Cuadra 8, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Monday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Tuesday is closed.
Go Parasailing Over the Ocean
Yes, Miraflores is a destination which also offers its tourists a chance to indulge in various adventure activities, parasailing is one of them. The city of Lima is dotted with a unique flying spot. From these spots, you can fly high above the Lima beach and enjoy the gorgeous views of Miraflores. All you just have to do is hire a professional. If it’s your first time parasailing, well, do not stress much. The take-off is quite easy. Within a few minutes, you will be flying high in the air relishing the spectacular views of Miraflores. Parasailing is indeed one of the best things to do in Lima’s Miraflores.
Tandem flights in Miraflores are 80 dollars. This includes HD video and insurance.
Calle Tripoli 345, Miraflores 15074, Peru
9 Am – 5:30 PM
Another popular adventure sport to do in Miraflores is surfing. There are two beaches in Miraflores that give tourists the opportunity to surf in the ocean water. Playa Makaha and Waikiki are some popular beach spots in Miraflores, Peru where you can enjoy surfing. From beginners to intermediate to pros, these surf spots are ideal for all. Also, if you are a beginner, you can get some surf sessions before actually going into the waters. There are a number of surfing schools located at these spots where you can take some classes.
Surfing Lessons Cost
$25- $32 USD
Playa Makaha s/n, Miraflores 15046, Peru
8 AM – 6 PM
On this list of what to do in Lima, next is the very famous Parque Kennedy. Located in the center of the district, it is one of the most famous tourist sites. The park is named after the former US president, John F. Kennedy. It was built to commemorate the president who sent the aid to Peru during this presidency period.
It is one of the most unique and beautiful parks in the city. The park also serves as the dwelling land of many stray cats. To feed and nurture all these cats, there is even a non-profit organization. Near the park, there is also a small market area selling handicrafts and souvenirs. At Kennedy Park, you can also find a number of food stalls serving some delicious snacks like picarones with honey and churros.
Diagonal, Miraflores 15074, Peru
All throughout the day
No Entry Fee
Arriving in Lima
Surely the Indian Market in Miraflores, Lima will be one of the best things to do here. The market is located on Avenue Petit Thouars. Also known as the Mercado Indio, the Indian Market is a bargain-hunter paradise. From the market, you can expect to pick clothes, knick-knacks, and souvenirs. This market place is a series of small shopping arcades sprawl from 52 Block to 55 Block. Each of these arcades houses small shops selling Peruvian souvenirs and handicrafts. From alpaca scarves, colorful woven textiles, and embroidered cushions to sweaters & hats, jewelry, and ceramics, you can find a wide range of products here at this market.
Av. Petit Thouars 5321, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
No Entry Fee. However, you have to pay for the products you will buy from the market.
Amano Textile Museum
Such is the compelling charm of the Amano Textile Museum that not just in Miraflores, but a visit to it is also counted as one of the best things to do in Peru. For a fact, in Peru, you will find plenty of examples of the country’s signature textiles. Amano Textile Museum is the place where you will get to learn about Peru’s textile. The museum houses an impressive collection of exhibits related to the textile. The explanations of these exhibits are written in both Spanish and English. With these explanations, you can learn about the history of the century-old textiles. Now if all this is enough to convince you to visit the museum, make sure you have at least one hour to devout it. The museum also displays ceramics and various other arts from the time of Pre-Incan textiles.
Retiro 160, Miraflores 15073, Peru
Sunday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Do you know what Pisco is? Well, Picso is a type of brandy that is basically a spirit distilled from fermented fruit juice or wine. Now, you can imagine what you would get to see in this Pisco Museum or Museo del Pisco. Though it is renowned as a museum, it is not in reality. However, if you visit this place with an aim to quench your evergreen curiosity of learning about this beverage, then surely it will serve you as a museum. You will get to learn so much about Peru’s national drink. The museum is located right next to Parque Kennedy. If that’s not enough to convince you to visit this place, then surely the fact that you can also try this popular beverage will change your mind. I would personally also recommend you to try the canchitas (fried and salted corns). However, there are more things to try on their menu.
270, Calle Mártir José Olaya 202, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Saturday to Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
No Entry Fee
Shopping at Larcomar
Certainly, you don’t want your Miraflores sightseeing tour to be completed without a shopping excursion. Larcomar is a popular shopping center located on the side of a cliff on the ocean side. It features a stunning multi-story shopping mall that houses food stalls, retail shops, and entertainment spots. Here in this shopping center, you can also find internationally acclaimed boutique stores. If you want to buy some amazing products to take back home or want something to present as a gift to someone, then these fabulous markets are the perfect places to be.
Malecón de la Reserva 610, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Sunday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
No Entry Fee
Enjoy The Food
Not many know that Miraflores Peru restaurants are also known for its fine dining options. And you would be excited to know that Miraflores is the main center to enjoy the food tour of Lima. For a fact, two Miraflores restaurants – Central and Maido, have been named amongst the top 10 restaurants in the entire world. If you have a good budget, a visit to these restaurants would be indeed the best thing to do in Miraflores. And if your budget doesn’t allow you to go there, well, there are also various other amazing dining options as well. There you can also find a wide option of street food mainly around Parque Kennedy.
Watch a Football Match Like a Local
The craze and love for football amongst people in the world are not hidden. It is one of those sports that brings people from around the world together. And when it is about top things to do in Miraflores, then watching a football match should be on your list. There is no football ground in Miraflores, but you can watch a match in any bars around Parque Kennedy. At any time, you can watch a soccer match here. Doesn’t matter whether you cheer for a team, but enjoy it to its best. Also, do not forget to savor food and drinks.
What to Expect in Lima
Iglesia De La Virgen Fatima
You must have got an idea by the name itself that Iglesia De La Virgen Fatima is a church. In fact, it is one of the most renowned sacred sites in the district of Miraflores, Lima in Peru. By attending a mass here in this church, you can expect to learn about the culture of Lima while admiring the beautiful Iglesia. Along with its high sacred significance, it is the interior of the church that lures the tourists most. The stained glass windows and the walls that are adorned with beautiful murals are the key highlights of this place. I would recommend you to stay a bit longer after the mass session to admire the stunning artwork done on the interior of the church.
The church remains open all day from morning to evening. But the mass timings are from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM on weekdays and on weekends, it starts at 7:30 AM.
So, here we come to the end of this list. I hope it will help you make the most of your Miraflores tour. As you can see Miraflores is full of rich diversity; whether you want to explore nature and pilgrimage, learn about history and heritage or indulge in adventure and food, the alluring district of Miraflores has them all. There are so many more fun and enthralling things to do in Miraflores and South America. So, I would personally recommend you not to miss Miraflores as it is one of the travelers’ haven, indeed.