03 Apr Oh Lima, I Didn’t Know You Were Gonna be so Pretty
I must admit, I loved staying in the prettiest side of Lima called Miraflores. Though it’s just one out of over 40 districts in Lima, you can spend a week or two here and still see and experience something different everyday. It’s quite rare to see a vibrant and busting city with its very own beach. Just goes to show you don’t have to quit your corporate job to surf everyday!
In the afternoons, I’d hangout with my classmates from the Spanish school at the park to do some yoga or homework. We’d fantasize about having a hip beachfront condo overlooking the most stunning coastline this side of Latin America. There are a number of surfspots, tennis courts, walking, biking, skating paths along the 2 kilometer long beach front. There’s no excuse to stay in your hostel all day, unless you’ve had too much Pisco Sour the night before…
Here are 11 ways to see the pretty coastal town of Miraflores:
First and foremost, walk along the Malecon, a park with amazing views of Lima’s beaches
If you are up for an adrenaline rush and have US$80 to spare, go paragliding over the Malecon, or come back here at night to see the stars.
Check out the Sunday market at Mercado 1 for sumptuous local food, souvenirs, fresh fruits & veggies.
Enroll for a week of Spanish classes at ECELA – trust me, you’ll need it! Classes are only 3.5 hours a day so you’ll have loads of time to practice your skills while exploring the city.
Check out Huaca Pucclana, an archeological site right in the middle of Lima’s quiet residential area
Decipher love quotes at Parque del Amor with your Tinder date (kidding, of course)
Grab a book, last minute surfing/hiking gear from Larcomar
And most importantly, hang out with the cats at Parque Kennedy all afternoon. Bring some treats to bribe them with!
Rent a wetsuit and your weapon of choice and surf till sunset!
Find quaint local restaurants for traditional and cheap meals. Highly recommended dishes: Lomo Saltado or Aji de Gallina.
And of course try Peru’s favorite alcoholic drink, the Pisco Sour
Where to stay:
Casa Wayra is a lovely bed and breakfast situated at the more tranquil side of Miraflores
Lovely rooms and a big breakfast of bread, fruit jams, eggs, coffee and fresh juice daily
The location was perfect for me because my Spanish school ECELA was just a few steps away. Just a 10 minute walk to Kennedy Park and the busy center. The reception staff is always available to give you tips on where to go. Hang out with the well-travelled owner himself, Kike to get more insights about your journey to Macchu Picchu or other must-see destinations in Peru.