Both districts of Lima, contiguous,
are characterized by their modern constructions, beautiful parks, small and big
plazas, offering the best security and protection to their visitors. These are
the most cosmopolitan areas in Lima.
Miraflores is Lima's modern suburb with good views over the sea. It gets a
bit more lively in the evenings, and the place has thriving night-life.
San Isidro is Lima's garden district, as it stands out for its green zones
and exclusive residential areas. Despite de buildings boom, San Isidro has kept something
of the aristocratic atmosphere for which this suburb was known for at the
beginning of the century.
At the moment they concentrate the biggest quantity of hotels, apart-hotels
and inns, preferred by the tourists that arrive to Lima. Numerous excellent
international and Creole restaurants, North American franchise restaurants, commercial centers, art galleries, cafes, casinos, theaters and
cinemas, night shows, pubs, discotheques, residential areas, etc.
Miraflores and San Isidro are a pleasant enough places if you like these
kinds of things.
The main national and foreign airlines have their offices located in these
areas, as well as the travel agencies. The bank and managerial system also
concentrates on these districts.
Tourist attractions in San Isidro
"El Olivar": Declared Historical Monument, is a
beautiful park that conserves a colonial plantation of olive trees, with an
antiquity of more then 450 years.
The Huaca Huallamarca
Tourist attractions in Miraflores
Central Park of Miraflores 7 de Junio: (Also called
Parque Kennedy) Beautiful park of
charming gardens, has a small amphitheater in which diverse cultural artistic
shows are presented. Rotondes for the exhibition and sale of crafts and arts.
This is the place for a very good weekend art and crafts market at lunchtime,
especially on Sundays.
Parque del Amor: Located between the Cisneros and
Balta's dikes, beautiful natural mirador of the marine bay of Chorrillos,
with romantic view during the sunset. It has a small amphitheater and a gigantic
sculpture of an Andean couple in eternal kiss, made by the famous Peruvian
sculptor Víctor Delfín. In the last years a
tradition has been made, many couples when concluding the religious ceremony of
their marriage, immediately visit this park, dressed with their bride and groom
clothes. This happens specially on Friday and Saturday between 6 and 9 p.m.
The Huaca Pucllana
Gathered in one of the nicest stops to hang around in Lima is the largest
variety of entertainment oriented in services: You will find 12 cinemas, pubs,
bars, discotheques, many restaurants and a bowling.
Beaches: In the months of summer (December to March) you can take advantage in
taking a bath in the beaches of Miraflores, or only go for a walk in any time of
the year, just to appreciate the beautiful landscape of "Costa Verde"
(an important ravine), a contrast between the beaches and the high ravine on
which Miraflores is located. Some beaches have medium waves for the practice of
On this ravine it will be frequent to see paragliding and hang gliding suspended in the air, or if you prefer you can also participate
of this experience.