Let me start off by saying Lima, Peru was the most amazing trip!
Coming back to Peru after 14 years I was amazed to see how much Lima has grown, I was able to experience Lima in a whole new way.
There is so much to see and experience in Peru but we decided to only stay in Lima just because the kids are still too young and I wasn’t to sure how they would be with the changes of altitude.
But even though we only stayed in Lima there was still so much to experience in Lima it self. Also I was able to see and reconnect with family that I haven’t seen in 14 years!
Seeing family was exactly what I needed, I came back with so much positive energy and just feeling like a whole new person.
So let’s get started with where we stayed:
My main goal in searching for somewhere to stay was to stay somewhere where we would be close to family and also where all the tourists places where. I ended up finding an apartment through Booking.com that was super affordable, clean and modern. This apartment was located In the heart of Barranco which is a very tourist place.
I definitely recommend this place! They were very clean and any issues I had or any questions, they had amazing customer service. Also what we really liked about this place was that there was security 24/7. This is very important especially when traveling with children.
If you like the bohemian vibe than Barranco is the spot for you to be. Barranco used to be a bohemian hang out back in the 60s. I absolutely loved Barranco as soon as you walk out your apartment you see art all over the walls or colourful walls, people playing music every corner and handmade art on every street. Barranco is just a very live city to be in, it’s none stop from day to night. I also loved that you’re able to see the ocean just a few steps away. There’s always security guards walking on the streets and camera’s on every street which for me made me feel very safe.
The night life gets even better!! Even though I was with the kids it was very family friendly and felt safe.
A must go to in Barranco is the restaurant Dama Juana!
It’s a buffet type of restaurant with typical Peruvian food and they have a live show with Peruvian dances. It’s only a 3 hour show so it’s great if your attending with children, it starts at 8:00pm-11:00pm. What I really enjoyed about the show is that they bring the audiences on the stage and have them dance with them as well.
Miraflores is more of a modern/upscale city. You will see more known hotels like the Marriott and the Hilton. People are always paragliding right over the ocean and it looks amazing. They do this all year long as long as the weather is good.
Miraflores is very known for it’s upscale mall Larcomar that sits right on the cliff over looking the Pacific Coast. They have big brand stores like Adidas, Aldo, and Banana Republic but they also have Peruvian stores like Dedalo which is an amazing gift store. Larcomar also have restaurants, a nightclub at the bottom of the mall, cafés and an arcade/play area for the kids.
Ofcourse my kids had to try out the arcade/play centre, and they absolutely loved it.
Another very known attraction is called the Kennedy Park which is right in the centre of Miraflores. For those who may not know this park was named after U.S. President John F. Kennedy in thanks of the aid he sent Peru during his presidency. I was told this park was very known for its 100 stray cats that have been living there for over 20 years, that now they are protected by the Municipality of Miraflores. I will not lie I did not see much cats, but it could’ve been because of the weather.
You will also see entertainment in the park and many restaurants and nightclubs.
The Magic Water Circuit in Lima:
The Magic Water Show is a park of big Water fountains. I had no idea but it actually made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest water fountain complex in a public park. During the summertime you are able to jump in some of the fountains to refresh yourself. Every fountain has their own name and theme, and the garden around the fountains have themes as well. There is a fee to enter which is S/4.00 which is $1.59CAD.
The main attraction is the “Fuente de la Fantasía” show, it is a choreographed show of water, lasers and music. The show only takes place 3 times a day, but we ended up watching the last show for the night which was at 9:30pm. It was a great way to end our stroll through the park.
Pachacámac is located 31 KM from Lima, these are ancient ruins that remain an important religious centre. These ruins were constructed more than 1,000 years before the Inca Empire, It is also referred to “The Sun Temple”.
What’s so cool about this place is that it has a little museum that can tell you the story about Pachacámac. You can also book a tour guide that will explain the story in the museum and than take you to the ruins and tell you more about the stories. At the end of the tour you are able to feed the Alpacas. It definitely was worth wild for us as we were unable to go to Cusco and see Machu Picchu. It was like a little taste of what’s to come when we go to Cusco with the kids when they are older
We were able to go to Cieneguila which is a district and it is one of the few districts left that is not completely urbanized. They have amazing restaurants with pools and you are able to house back riding.
The restaurant we chose to go to was Mesa de Piedra (Table of Stone). This place has a section for the kids to play in, a pool to enjoy, a live show at the restaurant section, a little market with handmade crafts, and horse back riding which takes you to new Inca Ruins that they have just discovered with a spectacular view of the mountains.
All in all Peru was definitely breathtaking! To see more pictures make sure to follow my IG xo_mdelgado.
I can’t wait to go back and explore Peru even more with my family! Hope I was able to give you a little taste of Lima, Peru ❤️
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