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Lima, City of the Kings

The Peruvian capital is the first view of Peru and confuses the traveler. In the modern Lima, with its large avenues typically American, we are far from the typical image of the land of the Incas and contrast with the colonial districts like the historic center, Pueblo Libre and Barranco.

 

Here are some interesting places

Circuito Mágico del Agua

Inaugurated in July 2007 in the Park of the Reserve located a few blocks south of the Park of the Exposition (Avenida Petit Thouars), the fantastic Magic Water Tour is registered in the Guinsess book of Records as the world's largest fountain complex in a public park.

13 ornamental and interactive fountains offer a show with music, light and laser effects

From Wednesday to Sunday from 3:00 to 10:30 pm, admission: S/. 4 (US$ 1.50).

Teatro Municipal

Jirón Ica (below Jirón Ucayali)

Located at the corner of Rufino Torrico street, the Municipal Theatre was built in 1915 and destroyed by fire in 1998. Ten years later, the municipality decides renewal and invests US$ 20 million.

The Fine Arts School of Lima participated in the decoration, respecting the original drawings, using many gilded with pure gold and 350,000 decorative pieces and sculptures. The theatre can hold 1,000 spectators.

Miraflores district

Miraflores is the most commercial and tourist district of Lima, full of hotels, cafés and restaurants. It is a very nice place for a stroll, sit on the terrace of a cafe or shop in Larco Avenue that extends from the ovalo (traffic circle) where is the Kennedy Park, to the shopping center Larcomar at the top of the cliff next to the Pacific ocean.

You can also make a nice stroll along the malecón (boardwalk) from Larcomar, passing several parks including the romantic Parque del Amor (Love Park) to the Maria Reiche Park, where you can see replicas of various drawings of the famous Nazca lines illuminated at night.

Kennedy or Central Park

It is the heart of Miraflores. During the day, it's peopled with shoe-shiners and kiosks that offer specialties like mazamorra morada (purple porridge) and picarones (doughnuts).

Every night Peruvian handicrafts and antiques are exhibited and sold at the flea market which pops up on the rotunda, while the amphitheater typically hosts free shows of young artists or DJs and people can dance. Cute building on the corner is the Municipal Palace and the opposite side, the pedestrian street called "calle de las pizzas" every night comes alive with restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Parque del Amor

Malecón Cisneros

The "Love Park" offer a beautiful view of the ocean and is ideal for lovers and for wedding photos, symbolized by the huge statue of a couple kissing.

The park inspired by Antoni Gaudí's Parc Guell in Barcelona, is surrounded by a wavy wall covered with mosaics, where you can read romantic phrases from well known Peruvian poets.

San Isidro district

Hotel Westin

The Peruvian architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, known throughout the world and particularly in the United States thanks to several impressive buildings like the Westin Times Square in New York, the Golden Moon Hotel in Philadelphia, the Atlantis Condominums in Miami who became world famous thanks to appear in the opening credits of the popular television series Miami Vice, designed this beautiful building, the tallest in Peru with 120 meters (394 ft) and 30 floors, opened in May 2011.

this 5-star hotel has 325 rooms, 2 restaurants, the largest spa in South America with an area of 1,815 m2 (20,000 sq ft) and the largest banquet and meeting room in South America with a capacity of 2,000 people.

 

The same architect designed the Marriott Hotel in Miraflores front of Larcomar shopping center.

This district become the financial quarter in recent years, as many banks, embassies and businesses left downtown Lima to set up their headquarters in modern office blocks. You can see elegant colonial ans republican houses in the middle of modern buildings, shops, restaurants and luxury hotels.

 

San Isidro is a classy place with its golf course of 18 holes and the beautiful Parque El Olivar, both surrounded by buildings and luxury homes.

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