Twenty four hours in Miraflores is nowhere near enough, but if that’s all the time you’ve got you’ll need to develop a solid plan so that you can make most of it. Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of things you can do on one short day-visit to the beautiful heart of Lima:
Explore the great outdoors in Miraflores
Miraflores is one of the best places to explore in the universe. Ease off the long plane journey by starting your day at Cafe Haiti, a popular meeting place in the heart of Miraflores. Open from 8 am each day, you can enjoy breakfast here on the outside terrace while people-watching to your heart’s content.
Go for a stroll down the Malecon of Miraflores
After your breakfast, you can go for a stroll down the Malecon of Miraflores. It’s the scenic cliff top walkway with impressive views, dotted with several parks, cafes, sculptures and a lighthouse. The walkway stretches for about six miles along the oceanfront edge of Miraflores. Enjoy your walk down Bajada de Balta, a 19th-century cobblestoned boulevard flanked with palm trees and benches, then cross the bridge and stairway that lead to Playa Costa Verde. From the beach, take in the views of the soaring cliffs, and the paragliders leaping off of them. Watch the surfers that crowd the sea, or go ahead and join them — the beach abounds with surfing instructors.
If you are looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity, you should go parasailing at Antonio Raimondi Park on the boardwalk. Glide through the air strapped to a parachute above Miraflores and enjoy a one-of-a-kind view of Lima. Get the bird’s eye view of the gorgeous coast of Lima as you drift easily along hundreds of feet above the Pacific Ocean. If you don’t have the heart to experience this, you can watch other people glide through the air above the ocean.
Shop at Larcomar
The Larcomar Shopping Complex is perched atop the cliffs of Miraflores, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With a wide range of shops, it’s a perfect spot to spend an afternoon shopping. The complex offers fascinating attractions for people with a penchant for retail therapy. Both local and international brands are well represented in the fashion stores in the complex. Larcomar also features a cinema, a variety of fancy restaurants and stunning seafront views.
Explore Parque Kennedy and the Inca markets
After shopping, you can visit the Kennedy Park to relax and unwind while enjoying the sights and sounds. The park is popular for its population of hundreds of stray cats; you will see them around as you explore the park. There are several food vendors around the park; you can grab a snack and a drink if you like. Afterward, you can head to the Inca markets located just a few minutes from the park. The market is the best place to shop for Peruvian souvenirs and handicrafts to take home.
Explore MATE Museum in Barranco
If you still have time, you can visit MATE museum situated in a restored 19th-century mansion in the heart of Barranco district of Lima. Barranco is just a few minutes from Miraflores. The museum showcases a great collection of contemporary art by the internationally renowned Peruvian photographer, Mario Testino. On a guided tour of the museum, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the native Andean traditions through the lens and get a glimpse of Cusqueño culture. You’ll also see some amazing and colorful works of Mario depicting the Indigenous Peruvian culture.
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