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How to Spend a Day in Miraflores, Lima

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 the most of it. 

Nestled in the heart of the vibrant city of Lima, Peru, Miraflores is a district that brims with cultural richness, stunning Pacific Ocean views, and a thriving culinary scene. It’s a charming destination, where modern skyscrapers exist harmoniously alongside pre-Incan ruins and where local artists paint the streets with vibrant murals.

Miraflores is a place that makes people absolutely smitten. With its huge parks, great museums, and busy markets, it gives everyone a memorable experience. It is a city for food lovers, history enthusiasts, and adventure seekers alike.

There are so many things to do in Miraflores that it might be hard to plan your day. Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of things you can do on one short visit to the beautiful heart of Lima.

The Best Time to Visit Miraflores, Lima

Lima has its own weather patterns that you should keep in mind when planning when to spend a day in Miraflores. The city has a mild desert climate, which means that it stays almost dry all year. However, the best time to visit is during the summer months from December to April, when the sun is shining and the temperatures are pleasantly warm.

The skies over Miraflores tend to be clearer during these months, which makes it a great time to do things outside, like walking along the oceanfront or exploring the parks and gardens in the area. Do not worry if you cannot make it during this time, though. Despite being a little cooler and cloudier, Miraflores is still a beautiful place to visit the rest of the year.

Overall, there is no bad time to visit Miraflores. No matter the season, the district’s timeless charm and lively energy shine through. This makes it a great place to visit in Lima at any time of the year.

Explore the great outdoors in Miraflores

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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 a.m. 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 a 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.

Go parasailing

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 a 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

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If you still have time, you can visit the MATE museum, situated in a restored 19th-century mansion in the heart of the 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 a lens and get a glimpse of Cusqueño culture. You’ll also see some amazing and colorful works by Mario depicting the indigenous Peruvian culture.

Dining and nightlife in Miraflores, Lima

When the sun goes down, Miraflores comes to life with lots of fun things to do and eat. For dinner, you might want to go to Central, which is one of the best restaurants in the world. Chef Virgilio Martnez, who owns and operates the restaurant, has created a creative tasting menu that takes diners on a culinary tour of Peru’s various ecosystems.

After dinner, check out some of Miraflores’s exciting nightlife. You could go to one of the many bars in the area, like the well-known Picas Bar, which has live music and tasty drinks. If you like to dance, you should go to a peña, which is a traditional Peruvian music show where you can learn how to do the marinera or the festejo.

How To Get To Miraflores, Lima

Getting to Miraflores is easy and quick, no matter where you are in Lima. Jorge Chávez International Airport is about a 45-minute drive from the district if you are coming by plane. There are a lot of taxis and ride-sharing services at the airport. These are the easiest and most comfortable ways to get to Miraflores.

If you are already in Lima, you can use public transportation. The Metropolitano is a fast bus system that goes from one part of Lima to another, including Miraflores. On the other hand, you could use the city’s extensive bus system, though it can be harder for first-time visitors to find their way around.

If you are staying close, renting a bike is another great way to get to Miraflores. There are more and more bike lanes in Lima. Riding a bike is a fun and environmentally friendly way to get around the city. No matter what kind of travel you choose, Miraflores will be ready to greet you in all its colorful glory.

What do you recommend doing in Miraflores if you only have 24 hours? Feel free to tell us in the comment section below.

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