MIRAFLORES · LIMA, PERU
Miraflores has been the center of tourism in the city for decades. Located on a gorgeous stretch of the Pacific coast, this neighborhood has it all. It's a lively district with plenty of dining options (among the top restaurants in the world) and nice walks along the coast. Whether you want something quiet or activities in a more "happening" area, you'll find it here. Another bonus is that most of the hotels are located in areas where you can easily walk from one place to another, and nothing in Miraflores is more than a 10 minute taxi ride away. It has something for everyone: surfing, cultural tours of Lima that include visits to pre-Incan temples, paragliding, food tours, shopping, and even wifi-enabled public parks. Here's our breakdown
ATTRACTIONS IN MIRAFLORES
Outdoor Attractions in Miraflores
Emblematic Parks of Miraflores
Cultural Attractions in Miraflores
Shopping in Miraflores
RESTAURANTS IN MIRAFLORES
Miraflores has established itself as the mover and shaker of the foodie scene in Lima, until Barranco started gaining steam (which we'll cover below). Get your reservations squared away with plenty of time in advance as space is limited. However, if you prefer winging it, there is no shortage of options. Some of our favorites include:
Maido: Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese fusion) one of the world's best restaurants many times over
Huaca Pucllana Restaurant: get the terrace seating for spectacular views of the pre-Incan site
Xoma: creative and artistic renditions of Peru's finest ingredients
El Mercado: Amazingly fresh seafood with a consistently fun and vibrant ambience
Limaná: For fans of sustainability as well as vegans and vegetarians
MIRAFLORES AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Traffic in Lima can be chaotic and unpredictable. If you are trying to catch a flight, you don't want to leave it to luck. Usually rides from anywhere in Miraflores to the airport will take you from 45 minutes to one hour. If you are making the trek early on a Sunday morning you can shave 15 minutes off of that estimate, but on a Friday night, if you hit the really bad traffic, it can take you up to 90 minutes.
BARRANCO · LIMA, PERU
If you are looking for an authentic and eclectic step back in time, Barranco is the place to be. Many buildings and areas are officially protected as part of the cultural heritage, therefore the Republican and colonial facades give the district personality that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. This district is considered to be the bohemian, romantic and artsy center of life in Lima and there is no shortage of fascinating art galleries, shops with unique, hand-crafted goods and an emergence of hip bars and restaurants to give Miraflores a run for its money.
ATTRACTIONS IN BARRANCO
Cultural Attractions in Barranco
Bridge of Sighs
Barranco's main plaza
Bajada de los baños
Mirador (lookout) at Barranco
Museums in Barranco
Pedro de Osma Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC)
Art Galleries in Barranco
Jade Rivera Gallery
80m2 Livia Benavides Galler
RESTAURANTS IN BARRANCO
Barranco is a very walkable district and due to the stunning architectural heritage and graffiti art masterpieces, it would be a shame if you missed it by opting to move round by car. The district abounds in tiny restaurants that offer varied cuisine, Barranco having leveled up (some would say surpassed) Miraflores in terms of its foodie scene. Here are a few of our favorites:
Central: another pick among the world’s best restaurants, sustainable and artistic
Kjolle: and again, another global favorite, with the chef Pia Leon at the helm
Isolina: yet again, another worldwide winner dishing up Peruvian comfort food
Siete: boutique, under-the-radar kind of vibe with the freshest dishes around
Mérito: pushes the envelope in terms of creativity while offering impressive flavor
BARRANCO AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Barranco is the next district over from Miraflores, in the opposite direction of the airport. In terms of actual, physical distance, the difference isn't much, but with traffic you can add 10 minutes to the Miraflores estimates, so on average, 55 minutes to an hour and 10 minutes.
HOTELS IN LIMA
In Lima you'll find everything from large international chains, like the JW Marriott, to quaint B&Bs like Second Home Peru. While luxury chains can run you a couple hundred dollars a night, you can find some amazing charmers that feel just as luxurious for around $100 per night. Our faves in terms of boutique hotels include Casa Republica, Villa Barranco, and Hotel B, and as for the chains, you can't go wrong with Marriott (both JW and AC), the Hilton, Aloft or Casa Andina.
Now, if you just want to sit back and relax and leave it to the pros, you can check out our Lima food and city tours which cover both districts plus San Isidro, the main sights, some hands-on activities and was designed for people who have limited time in Lima but who want to see the city and taste the best dishes in one day.
THINGS TO DO IN LIMA
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