March there are festivals throughout the country to celebrate the Wine
and Grape harvest. In the district of Surco, which is just south of
Miraflores, there is also a wine and food fair "Festival de la
Vendimia" during the second week of March (see calendar of events
at Surco.Net). The vineyard regions are primarily south of Lima, in
the area of Ica, Pisco and Arequipa)
July 28 and 29 - Fiestas Patrias or Independence Day is the 28th of July. It is celebrated over two days. On the 29th is the long parade that includes the military and armaments. The parade is traditional held along the Av. Brasil. .
In 2014, the venue was set up in various buildings
along the beach of the Costa Verde, and along the roadway that parallels
the cliffs of the city. A previous location had been at the park Campo
de Marte, held "al fresco" in the district of Jesus Maria
near the border with Lince which is heading northward out of Miraflores,
if following Av. Arequipa.
show was founded and organized in part by chefs in Lima, including celebrity
TV chef Gaston Acurio of Peru, owner of "Astrid y Gaston"
in Miraflores, and other gourmet quality restaurants, along with his
chef-wife, Astrid, having locations in eight or more countries, including
Spain and another being planned for Britain. (www.AstridYGaston.com)
They have seafood/cebiche restaurants "La Mar" in various
countries, including in California and New York, in the U.S. And, a
bistro-pastry chain called "Tanta" also in various countries,
including Spain and the United States.
trendy neighborhood of Barranco is well established with cafes, boutiques
and restaurants, in historic buildings. One street has different nightclubs.
Prestigious artists and writers live here.
de Arte Colonial Pedro de Osma -
the palacial Pedro de Osma museum of colonial art with a valuable private
collection of paintings and sculptures. (pictured)
- Casa de Aliaga - this is the only colonial house in America which is
still ocuppied by the original family. Their ancestor, Jerónimo de Aliaga,
was one of Pizarro´s soldiers. He was granted land by Pizarro in 1535.
The oldest colonial mansion in Lima, built on the site of a pre-Colombian
altar. Inside there is a very impressive wooden staircase, elegant salons
and stately colonial period furniture. It is located at Av. Jr. de la
Unión 224, close to the Government Palace and the Central Post Office.
Only open to tour via a city tour with "Lima Tours" agency in
Casa Pilatos- now the "Tribunal Constitucional" or Constitutional
Court- this is a mansion from 16th century, making it one of the oldest
colonial buildings in Lima. It has a double hall, stone pilars and monumental
staircase at the entrance. It is located at Av. Jr. Ancash 390, near the
Church of San Francisco.
- Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes- School of the Beaux-Arts is a preserved convent from 1603. The current ornate facade of the school was designed in 1924 by the famous Spanish sculptor and architect Manuel Piqueras Cotolí. Inside is an impressive patio and arcades. Located at Av. Jr. Ancash 681.
- Casa de las Trece Monedas- House of the Thirteen Coins named after the
coins of the family's coat of arms. It is a mid 18th century residence
of rococo architecture style. The rooms and patio are still beautiful,
in a classic Spanish style. It now houses the National University of Engineering,
at Av. Jr. Ancash 536.
de Riva Aguero- (pictured) Aside from other institutions in converted
mansions mentioned above, here is one that has exhibits of traditional
and popular art. This mansion is now called the "Museo de Artes Tradiciones
Y Populares." Built in 1760, it also houses the Instituto Riva-Aguero,
which has an extensive historical library and archives, a part of the
Museum of Peru - El
Museo de Arte de Peru. Located in the next block from the Museum of Italian
Art, two blocks from the Sheraton Hotel.
MAGDALENA DEL MAR
Corazon de Maria
Miraflores is, without doubt, an excellent tourist and hotel district of Lima. It is one of the districts having large commercial areas and beautiful green areas. Miraflores is a neighborhhood of gardens but also of beaches of the city along the Costa Verde. There are many cafes, pubs and restaurants. Miraflores has parks and landscaped gardens. It has numerous theatres, cinemas and an interesting pre-Incan temple known as the "Huaca Pucllana" (one of the numerous archaeological ruins existing in Lima).
is the cultural center of Lima, and has modern retail-commercial areas,
such as along the pictured Avenida Pardo. Parque del Amor (Love Park)
is a very popular park known by tourists, at the top of the cliffs, several
blocks west of Parque Kennedy. In addition, this district has an ancient
archaeological ruins, Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca construction based on
adobe blocks forming a pyramidal form. It was one of the important administrative
centers of the culture in Lima. On occasion, it is a scene of musical
events and others. It has a museum which displays diverse pieces found
in the excavations completed so far. See the "Ruins" page for
more of this ancient site.
Calle De Las Pizzas - The
real name of this pedestrian street is the Boulevard San Ramon, but it
is commonly called Calle de Las Pizzas (calle - "ka-yeah").
This street was closed to vehicular traffic, converting it into a famous
walkway or pasaje ("pa-sah-hay"), well known as the Calle de
las Pizzas (street of Pizza) because here you can find a dense concentration
of restaurants dedicated to the specialty of pizza and Italian cuisine.
As you walk by, the hosts or waiters are eager to serve you. Great place
for lunch or dinner and a sangria. (pictured)
Retiro 160, Miraflores, in the block that is parallel to the 11th block
of Av. Angamos Oeste (west).
Av. Gral. Suárez 189, which is the block parallel with the 2nd block of
Av. Ricardo Palma.
Pucllana - This site in an early stage of
excavation. If work is in process while you are there, someone might invite
you inside the fence to show you around. It is an old pre-Inca settlement
from between 200-800 A.D. and includes a very large pyramid structure,
500 meters long, with rooms, patios and ramps. It still needs to be fully
excavated. There are nice cafes and restaurants in this area, so that
it might be a good idea to have lunch here and then walk to the ruins.
Read more about this site on the "Ruins" page.
Craft Markets- the "Mercado Indio"
is a market of Peruvian craftmanship of all kinds. There are a few close
together, of stands housed in large buildings along Av. La Marina, between
the 6th and 10th blocks. At these markets you can find fine apparel of
Alpaca wool, beautiful ceramic figures, carved wood objects or furnishings,
tooled leather crafts, copper or silver crafts, jewelry and much more.
It's easy to pass an hour or two looking at the unique items. These markets
normally have hours from 10 am to 6 pm daily.
Museo Larco - (pictured) The Larco Museum was founded in 1926, by Mr. Rafael Larco and his son, after obtaining an earlier collection (of 600 pieces) from a relative. His son, Rafael, wanted to create a living monument to his father, whom he admired for his patriotism. It is now one of the most prestigious institutions for conservation and restoration of Peruvian artifacts. The museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. The museum is in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid, and surrounded by beautiful gardens. It has one of the finest ceramic, gold and silver collections from ancient Peru, and one of the world´s largest collections of pre-Columbian art including the Moche, Nazca, Chimú, and Inca cultures. (the Incas conquered or absorbed these and other pre-Columbian cultures) On display is the only complete golden pectoral shield of an ancient Chimu culture leader, and pre-inca ceramics particularly of another culture in Peru called Mochica. It is one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. Larco is one of the few museums in the world where visitors can also choose to enter the storage area with its 45,000 classified archaeological objects. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of pre-Columbian art, after being exhibited in the world's leading museums. Taxi - 15 minutes from Miraflores, San Isidro or Lima's International Airport. Hours: Monday - Sunday, 9:00 to 6:00 pm. (daily including holidays).
Telf. 461 1312 / 461 1835. Info at - www.museolarco.org/about-larco-museum-lima-peru_i.shtml
Location: Av. Bolívar 1515, Pueblo Libre. To the west
of intersection with Av. La Marina.
A section of the museum is an old colonial plantation mansion, where there
are many artifacts from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, when this
suburb was all farmland and pre-Inca pyramids.
Location: on the Plaza Bolivar, off of Av. La Marina, in the Pueblo Libre district, an area between San Miguel (airport area) and Miraflores. From Av. Faucett (aka Av. Elmer Faucett), turn left on Av. La Marina and continue to the intersection with Av. Sucre (about 3 to 4 miles), as a marker, watch for the tall, dome structure off to the right side which is near Av. Sucre. Turn right on Av. Sucre then right on Av. Gral. Vivanco to the Plaza Bolivar which covers a whole block on the left side corner. Turn left before the Plaza, and the museum will be on the next block (covering the whole block).
- This newer building houses the expansive library, established in 1821.
The library built up its collection after having most of its works stolen
during the war with Chile in the 1880's. There is a theater, restaurant,
exhibition halls and internet wifi service. The library also contains
the largest selection of newspapers and magazines in the country.
- This archaeological zone was constructed by the Ichma culture and resembles
pyramid foundations made of adobe (mud.) Inside there are enclosures,
passages and uneven levels to explore. See more about this site in the
"Ruins" section. Click
is also an excellent hotel district of Lima. It is one of the districts
having large commercial areas and beautiful green areas. It is "walker
friendly" with somewhat less congestion and many charming side streets
through residential neighborhoods to explore, where you can come across
parks and unique houses. There are many cafes, pubs and restaurants. San
Isidro also has a private golf club and landscaped gardens.
In the evening, stop by the lounge to see the aquarium lit up in the evening for greater effect. Enjoy exotic drinks and listen to live music, surrounded by views into a spectacular dolphinarium, before a visit to the hotel's exclusive casino. "Knossos" is the gourmet restaurant, also located on the first floor, and serves international cuisine with blazing flambes as a specialty. See the "On The Menu" page for more information on the fabulous buffets.
Delphos Coffee Shop is open 24 Hours. A special tea time buffet is served
while watching the fun loving dolphins. There is also a fitness center
and spa with Turkish bath and massage.
Av. Nicolás de Rivera 201, crossroad Av. Los Laureles, San Isidro. The
Av. Rivera is parallel to the golf club in San Isidro "El Golf,"
2 blocks to the north side of the golf course, between the golf course
and Av. Javier Prado.
Location: about 20 minutes from the airport, on Av. Precursores, 5 blocks
from Av. Faucett, near Av. La Marina.
If coming from the zoo- after exiting the zoo, walk straight ahead along the wall of the zoo and then turn at the next left. Continue straight on that road which turns into Av. La Mar. At the next light, continue straight along Av. La Mar, about the second block on the right will be the mall entrance, on each corner of the block. Around to the other side of the mall is a bakery/ice cream shop. Looks are delicious, without free radical damage! But maybe try a little as you will not see these flavors back home. It's a nice area to walk, and there will be many shops and restaurants along this block. Enjoy!
take a combi from the zoo- cross the street to take a combi/van coming
from the right, from Av. Faucett. One of the combi's you can take will
be marked "Lurin" that travels along Av. La Mar. as most combis
will that pass here. Wave to the combi when you see it coming, they'll
pull over. Tell the attendant that you'd like to go a short distance to
the commercial center on Av. La Mar.
this commercial center and nearby are mega department stores of Saga Falabella,
and Ripley; mega supermarkets like Tottus, Wong and Metro, large cinema
chains of UVK, Planet and Cinemark, large fitness centers such as Gold's
Gym and Planet Fitness. Nearby universities are the Pontifica Universidad
Católica del Perú, and the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (the
oldest of the Americas); major banks such as Banco de Crédito, Interbank,
Continental, City Bank, etc.
SURCO - Monterrico
de Oro- Gold Museum
- one of the most visited, a private collection and replicas of gold and
jewels of the pre-Columbian cultures, especially pieces of the Mochica's,
Chimú's and Nazca's cultures. This collection of Mr. Miguel Mujica Gallo
took years to gather, sometimes getting artifacts from the hands of grave
robbers. It includes many gold figures, jewelry, masks, knives and artifacts
from the Inca and colonial periods. There are mummies, head-dresses and
other ancient relics.
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