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Miraflores Peru: A Guide to Lima’s Tourist District From a Local

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Malecon in Miraflores Peru

Miraflores in Peru is one of the best places to visit in the country. It’s a vibrant city filled with heaps of things to do and see, excellent food to tantalise your tastebuds and incredibly generous and kind people.

All of these things combined were enough to convince me to move here.

Restaurant in the sea in Lima
Parque del amor in Miraflores in Lima

In this guide, I will cover absolutely everything you need to know about this lovely suburb of Lima.

First, I’ll start with some basic need-to-know information like where it is, how to get here and the best time to visit.

I’ll then will cover all of the best things to do during the day and night, best places to eat and drink, as well as some epic tours which leave from the area.

At the end of the guide, you’ll find additional information to know before and after you arrive in Lima, plus some suggestions on the perfect places to stay for your trip.

Where is Miraflores in Peru

Peruvian flag

Miraflores is a district located in the city of Lima in Peru. It is situated along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean and is considered one of the upscale neighbourhoods in the city.

Below you’ll find an interactive map which shows the exact location.

How to get there

By plane


If you are arriving in Lima by air, you will land at Jorge Chávez International Airport. The airport is in the North of the city and Miraflores is further South.

There are a number of ways in which you travel from the airport and you can expect them all to take between 30 – 45 minutes depending on traffic.

Bus in Miraflores in Lima

Here are a few options:

  1. Airport Express Lima (Bus): The Airport Express Lima is a bus service specifically designed for airport transfers. As you walk out of departures, you’ll see a big blue stand which says ‘Airport Express Lima’ on it. You’ll need to take the ‘Larcomar Express route’ and purchase a ticket at the counter or online ahead of your arrival. The buses run regularly throughout the day and night, however, you can expect services to be suspended on public holidays.

  2. Taxi: Taxis are available right outside the airport terminal. There are a number of taxi stands within the airport that can book you an authorized taxi for a fixed price upfront. I highly recommend doing this if you prefer to take authorized taxis rather than leaving the airport and trying to flag down a taxi as some taxi drivers have been known to trick tourists into paying a lot more for their journey.

  3. Ride-Sharing Services: You can use ride-sharing services like Uber or In-drive, which operate in Lima. Download the app on your smartphone, request a ride, and follow the app’s instructions to locate your driver. Specify your destination, and the app will estimate the fare and approximate travel time. Every time I travel to and from the airport, this is my preferred method of travel.

  4. Car rental: there are several car rental companies that offer their services, however, you will need to book ahead to avoid high on-the-spot prices. Whilst it is possible for tourists to drive around Lima, it’s worth mentioning that it is absolute chaos to do so in most of the city – particularly around the centre.

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By bus

Bus in Lima

Travelling around Peru by bus is a popular and convenient option that many backpackers – including myself – have done.

In fact, some of the buses in Peru that travel to Lima are some of the best I experienced in South America.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering travelling to Lima by bus:

  1. Bus Companies: Peru has numerous bus companies that operate both local and long-distance routes. Some of the well-known and reputable bus companies in Peru include Cruz del Sur, Oltursa, Civa, Movil Tours, and Linea. Each company has its own fleet, services, and routes and the best way to view these is via the Busbud platform. My personal favourite is Cruz del Sur.

  2. Types of Buses: Bus services in Peru range from basic to luxury, offering different levels of comfort and amenities. You’ll find the cheapest buses are a standard coach with minimal reclining seats and the most expensive will have seats that lay completely flat to create a bed. In between that, you’ll also find buses which have decent reclining seats that lay almost flat and have a privacy curtain, USB port and TV.

  3. Bus Terminals: the two main bus terminals in Lima are Plaza Norte and Javier Prado. The latter is the bus station which is closest to Mitaflores. You’ll need to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure in order to have your passport and baggage checked. You can expect luggage to be scanned and tagged, similarly to if you were flying. The best way to get to and from the bus station is with Uber or In-drive, since the location is on a busy highway.

Best time to visit Miraflores in Peru

Miraflores in Peru

Miraflores can be visited all year round since it rarely gets too cold or too hot and it never rains.

Really, never. In fact, the weather is one of the reasons I love this city so much.

However, the best time to visit is considered to be during the summer months – between December to March.

It’s worth noting that travellers who are looking to visit Cusco need to bear in mind that this is Cusco’s rainy season and as such, many travellers choose to visit Lima outside of the ‘best months’ in order to be able to tick Cusco off their list without getting soaked.

Below is what you can expect throughout the year:

  1. Summer (December to March): you can expect warm temperatures with average highs ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F). In some exceptional cases, temperatures can go above 30°C (86°F). However, Lima’s high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter. The summer season is dry, with no rainfall, however, coastal fog, known as “garúa,” is a common occurrence, creating overcast conditions and limiting visibility at times.

  2. Autumn (April to June): you can expect average temperatures to be between 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). The humidity levels remain relatively high, and occasional light drizzle or mist can occur – but never proper rain.

  3. Winter (June to September): you can expect average temperatures to be between 17°C to 20°C (63°F to 68°F). The humidity levels remain high, but the coastal breeze can make it feel cooler. Sporadic drizzles or mist can still occur, just like in autumn.

  4. Spring (September to November): you can expect average temperatures to be between 19°C to 23°C (66°F to 73°F) and the humidity levels remain relatively high. This is arguably the best time to visit as the temperatures are very comfortable and will allow you to explore more of Peru before the rainy season hits the right side and north of the country.

Things to do in Miraflores in Peru

What to do in Miraflores for free

Discover the Malecón

Malecon in Miraflores
Malecon in Miraflores

The Malecón is a picturesque coastal walk atop cliffs with stunning coastal views and various points of interest along the way.

It spans just over 6 miles from San Isidro to Barranco, with Miraflores in between and is without a doubt one of the best parts of the city.

You can walk, skateboard, run or cycle along the Malecón, but regardless of which you choose, you’ll want to make some stops at the below locations.

Parque Chino de Miraflores
Chinese park in Miraflores Peru

“Parque Chino” or the “Chinese Park.” is a small public space that showcases Chinese cultural elements and serves as a tribute to the Chinese community in Peru.

It features red and gold pagodas, intricate dragon sculptures, and ornate gates and is a sweet spot to admire the excellent views. It also includes decorative Chinese lanterns, stone carvings, and landscaped gardens that reflect Chinese aesthetics.

It’s open from 9 am until 9 pm every day and is free to enter.

Faro de la Marina
Lighthouse in Miraflores
Lighthouse in Miraflores

The Faro La Marina is a tall tower that resembles a lighthouse – and, whilst it doesn’t actually function as a lighthouse, it serves as a distinctive architectural feature and is a picturesque point of interest that’s worth snapping a few pictures of.

Parapuerto de Miraflores – Parapente

The Parapuerto is the launch pad for all of the paragliders who like to soar through the air whilst enjoying epic views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and city skyscrapers on the other.

If the weather is good, you can guarantee the air will be filled with dozens of paragliders throughout the day until the sun sets.

Once darkness sets in, the Parapuerto is also a popular spot for people to sit and admire the view of the city lights twinkling in the darkness.

Parque del Amor
Parque del Amor
Parque del Amor

Parque del Amor is one of my all-time favourite spots in the city to visit – particularly at sunset.

It’s filled with winding paths, colourful mosaic walls that could easily be mistaken for those in Barcelona, plenty of lush greenery and tonnes of places to sit peacefully and enjoy the views.

The name of the park translates to ‘The Park of Love’ in English and so it’s no wonder that it’s a popular spot for couples to head to. However, if you’re a single pringle then don’t let this put you off, you’ll also find a number of people head to this spot to enjoy some alone time with a notebook to draw or write.

El Beso
El Beso statue

Within Parque del Amor, you’ll also find the infamous El Beso sculpture which is elevated above water and surrounded by grass.

The sculpture was created by the renowned Peruvian artist Victor Delfin and was unveiled in 1993.

It depicts a couple locked in a passionate embrace, symbolising love, romance, and affection.

It’s become a popular symbol of love in the city and every year on valentines day, there is a kissing competition which takes place here to see who can kiss for the longest amount of time!

Cupido statue

Cupido is another statue just outside of Parque del Amor which also symbolises love.

Although it’s much smaller and less significant than the El Beso sculpture, it still adds further interest to the area and is nice to look at.

Beso Francés Crepería
Beso Francés Crepería

Beso Francés Crepería is a chain restaurant which operates a number of stores and pop-up stands across Lima.

This French-themed restaurant serves the most delicious crepes filled with all of your typical toppings such as Nutella, banana, ice cream and toffee sauce.

You’ll find that they have three spots along the Malecón – one just before and after Parque del Amor and one in the Larcomar shopping centre. If you’re looking to enjoy the sea views whilst enjoying a crepe, then I’d recommend stopping at the location just after Parque del Amor.

Monumento De La Virgen Maria
The Monumento De La Virgen Maria

The Monumento De La Virgen Maria is also known as the Monument to the Virgin Mary and is a statue that’s dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The statue is a significant religious and cultural landmark in the area. It is a place of pilgrimage and devotion for many visitors and locals, who come to pay their respects, offer prayers, and seek blessings.

The Monumento a la Virgen María holds particular significance for the Catholic community in Peru, reflecting the country’s deep-rooted religious traditions.

Check out Larcomar

Larcomar shopping centre in Miraflores

Larcomar is the primary shopping centre in the area and it couldn’t be in a better location. It’s partially open-air with numerous floors which overlook the sea.

You’ll find plenty of well-known stores such as H&M, Nike, Underamour, Levis and Tommy Hilfiger as well as a number of boutique-style stores offering traditional Peruvian garments and accessories.

In addition, there is a cinema and a number of cafes and restaurants in Larcomar, many of which offer terrace seating that looks out toward the sea.

Find some awesome street Art

Street art in Miraflores in Lima

Street art in Miraflores in Lima
Street art in Miraflores in Lima

Most major cities across South America are filled with epic street art and Lima is no exception.

Miraflores and the neighbouring area of Barranco are two of the best locations in the city to witness some of the impressive walls, buildings, and even traffic signal boxes adorned with detailed murals that add more than a splash of colour to the otherwise grey buildings and walls which often create a concrete city.

The cities artwork is always growing and adapting, however, some of the below locations are where you can find some of the best and most impressive features:

Check out Kennedy Park and it’s many cats

Churros in Kennedy Park in Miraflores
Cats in Kennedy Park in Miraflores

Kennedy Park, also known as Parque Kennedy is named after the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, in honour of his support for Peru during his presidency.

Yet, perhaps more fittingly – it’s known as the cat park. You’ll find over 150 of them have chosen this spot as their home. And, it’s easy to see why – there’s plenty of grass to graze in, trees to climb and more than a few people to pet and feed them.

Artwork in Kennedy Park in Miraflores

It’s not only the cats which draw locals and tourists to this park though. There are a number of things going on throughout the week – from arts and crafts markets to music events, Kennedy Park is also a vibrant and bustling spot within the city that’s surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafes.

Whether you want to munch on some churros, relax with a book or admire the sculpture scattered about the park – this is a good place to start when exploring the neighbourhood as it’s considered the centre point of Miraflores.

Church of the Miraculous Virgin

The Monumento De La Virgen Maria
The Monumento De La Virgen Maria

The Church of the Miraculous Virgin is a Catholic church that’s situated on the edge of Kennedy Park and is one of the most impressive buildings in the area.

The architecture and design of the church features a combination of traditional and modern elements, reflecting the evolving nature of religious architecture.

It holds religious services and serves as a place of worship for the local community and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and her miraculous intercessions.

You’re able to visit the church for free between the below hours:

  • Monday 10 am–1 pm & 4–8:30 pm
  • Tuesday 10 am–1 pm & 4–8:30 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am–1 pm & 4–8:30 pm
  • Thursday 10 am–1 pm & 4–8:30 pm
  • Friday 10 am–1 pm & 4–8:30 pm
  • Saturday 7 am –10 pm
  • Sunday 7 am –10 pm

Visit Mercado San Martin

Mercado San Martin

Mercado San Martin is a quirky little food hall which is filled with scrumptious places to eat and decorated beautifully.

You won’t find much local cuisine here, but if you’re travelling with someone and you fancy eating different things, then this place is a good option.

What you will find is a diverse mix of foods, from Chinese to Italian, as well as some delicious desserts.

The opening times are 9 am until 10:30 pm every day except Friday and Saturday, where it’s open until 12:30 am.

Inka and Indian Market

Inka Market in Miraflores
Inka Market in Miraflores

The Inka and Indian Markets are two popular shopping destinations next to each other that are known for their variety of handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs.

Their official names are the Mercado Indio (Indian Market) and Mercado Inka (Inka Market) and you’ll find them fairly close to Kennedy Park.

If you’re looking for some symbolic Peruvian items like alpaca wool sweaters, beautiful ceramics or exquisite pieces of jewellery, then this is one of the best places to find it.

There are a lot of competing stalls here and so the prices are pretty decent, meaning that hopefully, you’ll be able to bag yourself a good deal. In fact, bargaining is common in the Inka and Indian markets, so you can try negotiating prices, but remember to do so respectfully and fairly.

The opening times for the Indian Market are 10 am to 6 pm every day of the week and 9 am to 8 pm for the Inka Market.

Stroll down Calle de las Pizzas

Calle de las Pizzas in Miraflores

Calle de las Pizzas is a street close to Kennedy Park and it’s filled with excellent restaurants and covered by hanging lanterns.

It’s a super cute street to wander down at night, with twinkling lights strung above and always bustling with people.

There are some great places to eat and drink on this street, however, Rustica – which is a pizza restaurant – and Mercado San Ramón – which is a large food hall with numerous fantastic food options are two places which I would recommend the most.

Other things to do in Miraflores

Head to the sea for some surfing


Since Miraflores is located along the Pacific Ocean, there are heaps of opportunities to check out the surf.

There are three main beaches to head to for surfing and these are:

  • One of the most popular surf spots is La Pampilla Beach, which is known for its consistent waves and sandy beach break. This spot is ideal for beginners and intermediate surfers, with small to medium-sized waves that are perfect for learning and practising.

  • For more experienced surfers, the waves at Makaha Beach are larger and more challenging. This spot is located near a rocky point and can produce waves up to 10 feet high, making it a great option for experienced surfers looking for a challenge.

  • The third popular surf spot is Redondo Beach, which features a right-hand point break that produces long, clean waves. This spot is known for its consistent swell and can be enjoyed by surfers of all skill levels.

Miraflores beach

There are several surf schools and rental shops in the area that cater to both beginners and experienced surfers.

These schools offer surf lessons and board rentals to help you make the most of your surfing experience.

Check prices: Surfing Class

Enjoy a games night

Bowling sign
Someone playing pool

Bowling, playing pool or table tennis can be a great way to have fun, socialise, and enjoy some friendly competition – although of course – this is not a unique thing to do in Peru.

You’ll find there’s only one location to do this in the neighbourhood – Miraflores Bowling Park – and it’s located just a short walk from Kennedy Park.

With plenty of bowling lanes, numerous pool tables, a few table tennis tables and a selection of food and drink on offer, it’s a good place to head to for a night of fun for a fairly good price.

Below are the opening times:

  • Monday 12 pm –12 am
  • Tuesday 12 pm –12 am
  • Wednesday 12 pm –12 am
  • Thursday 12 pm –12 am
  • Friday 12 pm –1 am
  • Saturday 12 pm –1 am
  • Sunday 12 am –11 pm

Tip: the frozen lemonade here is one of the best in the area

Get nostalgic with an arcade night

people playing in an arcade

I used to think that arcades were for kids but re-living your childhood at the arcade with some fierce dance mat moves and aggressive racing competition is a surefire way to enjoy yourself whilst in the neighbourhood.

And, you’ll notice that this place is not at all packed with children. In fact, every time I’ve been here there have been adults absolutely smashing out moves on the dance mat and I’ve been stunned by the talent.

The name of the arcade is Noriplay, and although the place is small, it can provide a good hour or two of entertainment and you’ll almost certainly leave with a sore belly from laughing so much.

Tip: not surprisingly, throwing shapes on the dance mat gets hot very quickly, particularly in summer as there isn’t air conditioning, so shorts and a t-shirt are a must!

Launch yourself off the edge of the cliff with paragliding

Paragliding in Miraflores in Lima in Peru

Paragliding whilst you’re in Lima is one of the most popular things to do and by comparison to other countries in North America or Europe, it’s cheap.

Once you’ve witnessed others doing the activity from the Malecón, you’ll certainly be tempted to give it a go yourself.

There are several paragliding companies and instructors that offer tandem flights, which means you can fly with an experienced pilot who will handle the paraglider while you enjoy the ride.

Paragliding in Miraflores in Lima in Peru

Regardless of which company you choose, the experience will be similar and look a little something like this:

  1. Safety briefing: Before the flight, your instructor will provide a safety briefing and explain the basics of paragliding, including the equipment, take-off, landing procedures, and safety protocols. They will ensure that you are comfortable and ready for the flight.

  2. Equipment: You will be provided with a helmet and a harness that will be securely attached to the paraglider. The instructor will check the equipment to ensure it is in good condition and properly fitted.

  3. Take-off: You will launch from one of the designated take-off spots along the cliffs of Miraflores. These spots are chosen based on wind conditions and safety considerations. The take-off is usually a gentle run down a slope or a short run assisted by the instructor.

  4. Flight: Once in the air, you will experience the thrill of soaring above the coastline. The panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the city, and the surrounding areas are truly stunning. The flight duration can vary depending on weather conditions but is typically around 10-15 minutes.

  5. Landing: The instructor will guide the paraglider to a safe landing area, usually on the beach or open space. They will ensure a smooth and controlled descent, and you’ll be instructed on how to position yourself during the landing.

Check prices: Paragliding

Hire some bikes

Miraflores in Peru

Hiring some bikes and discovering the area on two wheels is one of the best ways to explore the area – especially if you’re tight on time and need to cover a number of attractions in a short time frame.

Now I know I said that the road traffic in Lima with pretty diabolical, so you may be wondering how safe it is to cycle around the area. However, there is an extensive network of designated cycle paths all around the neighbourhood, which make it perfectly comfortable and safe to head out on a bike.

Below are some of the best places to rent bikes from:

  1. Bike Park Miraflores: Bike Park Miraflores is a bike rental shop conveniently located in the heart of neighbourhood. They offer a range of bikes for rent, including city bikes, mountain bikes, and children’s bikes. They provide safety equipment such as helmets and locks, and they can also provide recommendations for bike routes in the area.

  2. Lima Bike Rental: Lima Bike Rental is another option for bike rentals. They offer a variety of bikes, including city bikes, mountain bikes, and tandem bikes. They provide helmets, locks, and a map with recommended routes. They also offer delivery and pickup services, allowing you to start and end your bike ride at your desired location.

  3. Bike and Ride Peru: Bike and Ride Peru is a bike rental and tour company in Lima. They offer bike rentals for individuals and groups, including city bikes, mountain bikes, and electric bikes. They provide helmets, locks, and maps, and they can also arrange guided bike tours if you’re interested in exploring the area with a knowledgeable guide

If you’d rather explore the area with a bike tour, then below are some recommended tours to book.

Take a risk at the Casino

Atlantic City Casino

Casino nights are always great in moderation and you never know, you may even win some big bucks.

There are several casinos in the neighbourhood, however, below are two which are centrally located and that I would recommend.

  1. Atlantic City: Located in the heart of the neighbourhood, Casino Atlantic City is one of the most well-known and largest casinos in the district. It offers a wide selection of slot machines, and table games such as blackjack, roulette, and poker, as well as live entertainment and shows.

  2. Fiesta: Located just across the road from Atlantic City, Fiesta offers a mix of gaming options, including slot machines, table games, and a poker room. The casino provides a lively atmosphere and is known for its vibrant nightlife.

Tip: you will need to take a physical copy of your passport to enter

Learn how to cook the Peruvian way with a cooking class

Cooking school in Lima
Cooking in Lima

If you’re interested in experiencing Peruvian cuisine and learning how to prepare traditional dishes, Miraflores in Lima offers several cooking classes that provide hands-on culinary experiences.

These cooking classes are a great way to delve into the vibrant food culture of Peru and enhance your cooking skills with an educational experience, as well as meet fellow food enthusiasts, and create lasting culinary memories.

Some popular options include the Luchitos Cooking Class and The Peruvian Cooking Class by Haku Tours.

Stretch out with a Yoga class

Matmax Yoga shop
girl doing yoga

Whether you’re looking to calm your mind or stretch out your muscles after visiting popular hiking destinations in Peru like Huaraz or Cusco, there are a number of excellent yoga studios in the area.

However, there is one clear winner if you’re after a diverse range of yoga styles and meditation classes with English-speaking teachers, and that’s MATMAX Yoga.

Whether you’re looking for a calming Yin-style yoga or something more energetic like Acro-yoga, MATMAX offers a gorgeous space with patient and calming teachers to guide you through every move.

They’re located approximately a 10-minute walk from Kennedy Park and classes can be booked online ahead of time.

It’s important to note that the classes are also popular among locals, so you can expect the teachers to be communicating in two languages throughout the lesson.

I’ve also found this a nice place to meet other travellers and ex-pats living in Lima.

Play tennis with a view

tennis courts in Miraflores

Playing tennis is always good fun at the best of times, but when I tell you that you can play tennis from epic locations like the Malecón which has sea views, it just makes it that little bit sweeter.

The spot on the Malecón is officially known as the Tennis Promotion Centre and has 11 courts – 8 clay and 3 concrete.

Miraflores tennis courts
Miraflores tennis courts

Reservations can be made for groups of up to 4 people for 50 minutes per session and you can book online or in person. Alternatively, you can book a private class.

Regardless of your preference, you’ll need to remember to bring your ID along with you on the day.

The facilities at the centre are also great, with things like a gym, cafe and tennis shop included.

Try Jugo de Lucuma

Lucuma juice

Jugo de Lucuma is one of the best things that has ever blessed this earth.

If you’re not fluent in Spanish yet, then it translates to ‘Lucuma Juice’ in English.

And, if you’re wondering what the heck Lucuma is, then it’s a fruit that tastes like a caramel milkshake when you combine it with leche and azúcar – aka, milk and sugar.

Remembering to ask for your Lucuma juice ‘con leche y azúcar is very important, otherwise, it will be mixed with water and this isn’t as nice.

Not all restaurants and cafes have mastered the perfect concoction of this juice either. In fact, I have only found two places in Miraflores which have perfected it and this is Delicass and La Lucha Sangucheria Criolla.

These are both chain restaurants and so whenever you spot one, make a run for the Lucuma juice and savour every sip, as you won’t find it anywhere else in South America.

Learn Spanish

If you’re in Peru or South America for a prolonged period of time and Duolingo isn’t cutting it, then taking some Spanish classes is a great way to speed up your skills extremely quickly.

Plus in South America, classes are incredibly cheap in comparison to Europe and North America.

There are a number of Spanish schools in the area and to be honest, they all get incredible reviews and cost similar prices.

I took some Spanish classes at Peruwayna and can vouch for the fact that the teachers here are excellent and you will quickly improve your Spanish after spending a few days here – although usually, you sign up for at least one week if you’re taking group classes.

They offer various programs, however, the intense Spanish immersion programme is their most popular.

In addition to their classes, they operate an online portal and run additional activities like Peruvian cooking classes and visits to museums to help you meet people and experience the local Peruvian culture.

Tip: if you want to practice Spanish even further, then head to Lúpulo Bar holds an event called ‘Mundo Lingo’ every Thursday night at 8 pm where you can practice speaking new languages with natives and other travellers. You’ll find more information about this in the section ‘things to know once you arrive in Miraflores’ later on in this guide.


Tours in Lima

Swim with sealions on the Palomino islands

Hopping on a boat and heading out to the Palomino Islands to jump in the water and swim beside sealions is one of the most unique and insanely cute things that you can do from Lima.

There are a number of tours to choose from when it comes to booking this experience and so the itinerary may vary depending on which tour you choose. However, you can expect most tours to showcase the stunning landscape and go on a hunt for Guano Birds and Humbolt Penguins before you get face-to-face with the sea lions.

You’ll also be provided with a wetsuit and lifejacket, however, I’d recommend packing a towel, sun cream, sunglasses, and travel sickness medication for the boat journey.

Barranco & San Isidro

Barranco and San Isidro and the two neighbouring areas of Miraflores. Both offer a slightly different experience and are well worth visiting whilst you’re in Lima – either independently or with a guided tour.

Barranco is the more popular and better-known of the two. It’s known as the ‘bohemian district of Lima’ and is home to bright and colourful buildings with beautiful pieces of street art on almost every corner. It’s also where you’ll find the ‘Bridge of Sighs‘ – the centre point of Barranco and where many restaurants and shops are close to.

San Isidro

On the other hand, San Isidro is an upscale district and although it’s largely known as the business district of Lima, it’s also worth visiting if you’re looking for some lovely green spaces or high-end stores. You’ll find the infamous El Olivar Park, where hundreds of gigantic and mature olive trees are growing, and malls such as the Real Plaza Salaverry.

Tip: Whilst Miraflores is without a doubt the tourist hotspot in Lima, these two neighbourhoods are so close that they’re also gaining popularity. However, one benefit is that they’re much cheaper locations to stay in if you’re tight on money and an Uber to Miraflores will only cost you a few pounds.

Check prices: Barranco and San Isidro Tour

Witness the Magic Water Show at Parque de la Reserva
Light show

One of the must-see attractions in Lima during the evening is the Magic Water Circuit located in Parque de la Reserva.

This enchanting spectacle consists of a series of fountains that dance to the rhythm of the music while illuminated with vibrant colours.

It’s a truly impressive display and holds the prestigious title of being the largest water fountain complex in the world, as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.

There are multiple shows throughout the night, so don’t worry about arriving for a certain time as you won’t miss out on the experience.

If you happen to arrive mid-show, then there are other captivating fountains to explore and admire in the meantime.

Soccer Game
Soccer game in lima

If you’ve ever experienced a soccer game in South America then you’ll know that although the skill may not be as high as Europe, the atmosphere is unbelievable.

The South Americans go nuts during a soccer game. They love it.

Being a part of such a fun and exhilarating day is one of the best things to do here (even if you don’t like football).

The two best teams in the country are Alianza Lima and Univeristario and they will usually be playing at one of the below stadiums:

  • Estadio Nacional
  • Estadio Monumental
  • Estadio Alejandro Villanueva

Tickets are normally incredibly cheap and can be purchased via Teleticket.

Larco Museum
Flower wall at the Larco museum
Artwork in the Larco museum

The Larco Museum is just a short journey away from Miraflores and was founded in 1926 by Rafael Larco Hoyle, a Peruvian archaeologist and collector, and has since become a significant cultural institution in Peru.

The museum’s collection consists of over 45,000 objects, including ceramics, textiles, metalwork, jewellery, sculptures, and more.

These artefacts come from various pre-Columbian cultures that inhabited Peru, such as the Moche, Chimú, Nazca, and Inca civilizations.

The collection offers insights into the diverse artistic traditions, religious beliefs, and everyday life of these ancient civilizations.

Artwork in the Larco Museum

One of the stand-out features of the Larco Museum is its renowned collection of erotic pottery, which is considered one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. These ceramics depict explicit and often humorous scenes of human sexuality and provide a unique perspective on ancient Peruvian culture.

Although there are some quite serious pieces of artwork within this museum, it’s also quite funny to see some of the pieces.

The museum itself is relatively small, but it’s situated in a stunning building and decorated impeccably, with multi-coloured flower walls and exotic plants everywhere.

It’s open from 10 am until 7 pm every day of the week and is cheaper for those who have a student card.

Check tour prices: Larco Museum

The Monastery of San Francisco and Catacombs

The Monastery of San Francisco is a historic and religious complex that holds great cultural and architectural significance to the city.

The complex was originally constructed in the 16th century and combines elements of Baroque and Neoclassical architectural styles, showcasing the influence of Spanish colonial architecture in Peru.

One of the best and most fascinating bits of this tourist spot is the catacombs.

Beneath the church and monastery, a network of underground tunnels and crypts houses an ossuary and burial chambers.

These catacombs served as a burial ground during the colonial era, and it is estimated that the remains of tens of thousands of people rest here.

Visitors can descend into the dimly lit tunnels and observe the neatly arranged human bones and skulls, which are organized in patterns and formations.

It provides a unique glimpse into the burial practices of Lima’s colonial past, however, it’s certainly a slightly creepy experience.

Guided tours are available to explore the catacombs and you can also expect the guides to share stories and legends that surround the complex, adding to the mysterious ambience.

It’s open from 9 am to 8:45 pm every day of the week if you want to explore independently, however, the below tours are also available.

Tours outside of Lima


Ballestas Islands
Ballestas Islands

Paracas is a small seaside town approximately 3 hours South of Lima.

Although it’s small, it’s home to enough things to see and do to keep you busy for 1-3 days.

The best things to do in Paracas include visiting Paracas National Park, taking a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands or enjoying some kite surfing.

  1. Paracas National Park: the best way to explore the national park is with a buggy or tour called the ‘Golden Shadows Trek‘. You can rent a buggy from one of the many stores situated along the high street in Paracas for relatively cheap. However, if this isn’t your cup of tea then I highly recommend the Golden Shadows Trek. It’s a short trek which leads along the coastline of the national park as the sunsets. You’ll be able to enjoy some of the best views in the area and it’s a great way to meet people if you’re solo travelling. Honestly, this short tour was one of the highlights of my trip not only because the guide made it an incredible experience, but I met some incredible people.

  2. Balestas Islands: a trip to the Balestas Islands from Paracas is one of the most – if not the most – popular excursion you can do. It’s nicknamed ‘the poor mans Gallapagas’ and so you shouldn’t expect too much, but you can expect to see Guano birds, Humboldt penguins and sea lions, as well as the iconic Paracas Candelabra, also called the Candelabra of the Andes which is said to have been created sometime between 200 BCE to 600 CE.

  3. Kite surfing: kite surfing is super popular in Paracas and I met people who were spending weeks here to enjoy the sport. Most people were carrying their own equipment, however, if you need to rent some gear or take some lessons, then you can do so at PeruKite or KangarooKite.

People hiking in Paracas


Huacachina oasis

Huacachina is a desert oasis that’s situated approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes from Lima.

It’s usually pretty high on most people’s Peru itinerary and it can be enjoyed as a day trip or as part of your journey across Peru.

Typically, most people spend 1 to 3 days here enjoying activities such as sandboarding, sand skiing and sand-buggying.

Sandboarding in Huacachina near Lima

  1. Sandboarding/skiing: if you’re joining a tour to Huacachina, then the company will typically arrange all your gear ahead of time to do this activity. If you’re heading here independently, then you simply need to head to any of the stores on the main street in Huacachina and grab some boards or ski’s and climb up the sand dunes. There are two types of boards available: those which you secure your feet into tightly, and those which you don’t. If you’re able to snowboard or you think you might be pretty good at this activity, then you should get the board which secures your feet tightly.

Sand buggy in Huacachina

2. Sandbuggying: this activity is insane in Huacachina. I’m not sure whether it was just my driver, but they don’t hold back when hurling off steep sand dunes and ensuring their guests have an exhilarating experience. Honestly, I thought I might die at one point, but I’m here to tell the tale and it’s one of the best experiences I have had in Peru. If you time it right, you’ll be able to see the sun setting across the desert and it’s one of the most magical views. Similarly to the sandboarding/skiing, if you’re taking an organised tour to Huachina then this is usually pre-planned as part of your trip. If you heading here independently then you can arrange this at one of the many stores along the main high street.

Tip: to get to Huacachina, you can join a tour which usually also covers Paracas, or you can head there independently on the local bus. You can check Busbud for the timetable and prices.


Nazca lines
Nazca lines

Nazca is just under 7 hours from Lima, however many history buffs see this as an important visit during their time in Peru.

The Nazca lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs etched into the desert floor. These enormous line drawings, covering an area of about 450 square kilometres (170 square miles), were created by removing the reddish-brown iron oxide-coated pebbles from the surface, revealing the lighter-coloured earth beneath, and were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

The geoglyphs depict various animals, plants, geometric shapes, and humanoid figures, and the largest figures are over 200 meters (660 feet) in length.

The purpose and meaning behind the Nazca Lines remain a subject of speculation and mystery, and the designs can only be fully appreciated from the air or from nearby observation towers.

Tip: if Miraflores in Lima is just one stop on your itinerary for Peru, then the path you could follow from here is Paracas to Huacachina to Nazca.

What to do in Miraflores in one day

Miraflores in Peru at sunset

If you’ve only got one day in Miraflores and you’re trying to decide what the best itinerary would be, then below would be my suggestion:

  • Morning: explore the Malecón either on foot or with a bike tour
  • Lunch: grab some food from Mercado San Ramon and relax in Kennedy Park
  • Afternoon: if you’re on a tight budget, visit the Larco Museum – if you’re not, take a trip to the Palomino islands to swim with sealions or go paragliding
  • Evening: head to the Parque de la Reserva to watch the Magic Water Circuit show

If you’ve only got one afternoon in Miraflores, then exploring the Malecón and going to the Larco Museum are nice things to do.

Best restaurants


Pardos Chicken

Pardos Chicken is the king of the dish known as ‘Pollo a la Brassa’ which is essentially a fancy way of saying chicken and chips.

I like to think of it as the less-frills Nandos equivalent.

Although this is a budget food option, it tastes so damn good.

I’m a huge Nandos fan and, dare I say it, this is better than Nandos. The chicken is always so tender and the chips with the aji sauce are a dream combination.

If you want something quick, easy and budget-friendly, then you can’t go wrong with Pardos Chicken – it’s a winner-winner chicken dinner always.

Mercado San Ramón

Mercado san Ramon
Mercado San Ramon

Mercado San Ramón is a great food hall with really cool graffiti decor that has tonnes of awesome food.

You’ll find everything from Amazon-style food to classic American-style burgers and chips.

Regardless of your choice, it’s a great cheap place to eat and perfect if you’re travelling with one person or more and you all fancy different things.

Mercado San Ramón is also THE place to be if there is a big sporting event on. I was here for the world cup final when Argentina were playing France and it was insane.

 La Lucha Sangucheria Criolla

La Lucha in Miraflores
La Lucha in Miraflores

La Lucha Sangucheria Criolla is a crowd favourite that never fails to disappoint.

It’s predominantly a sandwich shop, but not just any old sandwich shop. These sandwiches are next-level superb and great for lunch and dinner since you can also get them with fries.

I highly recommend the ‘Pavo a la Lena‘ or ‘Asado de Res‘ with either Lucuma juice or chicha.

You’ll find that there are many stores dotted around Lima and there are at least two in Miraflores; one by Kennedy Park and one near Larcomar.


Siete Sopas

Siete Sopas in Miraflores
Siete Sopas in Miraflores

You can’t visit Peru without at least one trip to Siete Sopas.

It is well-known for its delicious soups and other Peruvian dishes and has been serving customers for over two decades!

The menu at Siete Sopas features a selection of soups, including classic Peruvian options like chupe de camarones (shrimp chowder), sopa criolla (creole soup), and sopa a la minuta (minute soup). Each soup is made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and prepared with care to ensure rich flavours.

In addition to soups, Siete Sopas also offers other traditional Peruvian dishes, such as ceviche (marinated raw fish or seafood), causa (a layered dish made with mashed potatoes and various fillings), and lomo saltado (stir-fried beef with onions and tomatoes). The restaurant strives to provide an authentic dining experience by staying true to Peruvian culinary traditions.


#LOV is a small yet charming restaurant that has two floors and serves some scrumptious food.

They have both indoor and outdoor seating and the place is well-decorated with plants in every corner.

It’s highly likely that all the dishes on the menu are great, however, my personal favourite is the ‘Aji de Gallina‘ which is a typical Peruvian dish and one that I highly recommend trying – even if it’s not at #LOV.


Panchita was recommended to me by my Airbnb host and wow was it good.

It’s surprisingly big with stunning decor and just a short walk from the centre of Miraflores.

It gets quite busy on the weekends and so I’d recommend booking ahead if you can.

Although they have outdoor and indoor seating, it’s much nicer to sit inside as the decor is so beautiful.

Whilst this is in the mid-range price category, the portion sizes are ginormous. My friends and I always end up sharing one big plate and a starter and still end up having to take some home.



Maido is a Peruvian restaurant with a Japanese twist and is considered one of the top restaurants in the world.

In fact, in 2022 it was in the top 10 restaurants in the world.

Needless to say that this place is expensive and well out of my budget, however, my Spanish teacher gave me a good insight into why people love this place so much.

The predominantly fish-based menu will make your mouth water just by looking at it, and when you see the pictures on their website, even more so.

If you’ve got the cash for somewhere like this, then this is one of the best places to enjoy some Michelin-star food.


Rafael has also been in the top 50 restaurants in the world and has been open for donkey’s years, yet the interior is anything but. It’s elegant and classy and offers some of the best food in Lima.

Although this restaurant is fancy and you’d expect the portions to be those tiny little things that cost the earth, this is not the case at Rafael. The portions are decent and will keep you full for the rest of the day.

The menu features a variety of Latin American food, with the seafood linguini being a particular crowd-pleaser.

If you’ve got any space left in your stomach then they also have an excellent selection of desserts and cocktails.


Mayta is a swanky restaurant with even swankier food and drink.

And yep, it’s also been in the top 50 list of best restaurants in the world – if you hadn’t already guessed then Peru is a great country for excellent food.

It’s the kind of place that has those science-based cocktails that overflow with dry ice and serve their food on creatively decorated plates.

The owner of the restaurant is the Peruvian Jaime Pesaque, however, he trained at the renowned Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Italy and has since won many awards.

If this place is in your budget or you’re celebrating a special occasion, you can guarantee that this will be one of the very best restaurants that you’ve ever been to.

Best places to co-work in Miraflores

Best free co-work spaces


Selina is a chain hostel and co-work space that operates across many countries – particularly in South and Central America.

Whilst you can pay for a weekly pass to work in a dedicated co-working space with meeting rooms, the hostel cafe area is also pretty great if you don’t have the budget to be paying for a more premium workspace.

There are two spaces in which you can work in the hostel – in the cafe at the front, or the cafe at the back. The cafe at the front has a large and long table in the middle with numerous plug sockets and is a great space for meeting others if you need to collaborate.

The space at the back is a bit quieter, yet still has some plug sockets dotted around.

Since it’s a hostel, it’s open 24/7.

Sama Healthy Express

Sama Healthy Express in Miraflores
Sama Healthy Express in Miraflores

Sama Healthy Express is a restaurant that is designed specifically for co-working.

It’s free to use the space and each table has plug sockets and USB charging points available. There are multiple styles of tables to work from, including individual work benches, large tables for collaboration and sofa-style workspaces. Some tables also have TVs which you can plug your laptop into if you need to present something to a group.

Since it’s a restaurant, you’re obliged to buy at least a drink here. Unfortunately, the food isn’t too great – although perhaps I am just ordering the wrong things – however, the deserts are incredible.

The opening times are 7 am until 10 pm every day of the week.

Larcomar Starbucks

Starbucks is my least favourite place to co-work on this list, but if your budget is tight and you need free space and the other two are full, then Starbucks in Larcomar isn’t horrendous.

Although the footfall is pretty heavy and there aren’t too many charging points, the Wi-Fi is decent (unlike the Starbucks near Kennedy Park).

It’s open from 8:30 am to 8:45 pm every single day and if you need to get some work which doesn’t require too much brain power then it does suffice for a few hours.

Best paid co-work spaces


The free co-working space in Selina is great, but like most free spaces, they’re playing music and sometimes it can be hard to focus.

If you’re the kind of person who needs complete silence or you like to be surrounded by other people who are working, then the paid Selina co-work space is excellent. It’s also the cheapest option on the paid list.

At the time of writing, you can pick up a weekly pass at Selina for $50 which is pretty good going.

If you only need a collaborative space for an hour or two, you can rent out the meeting rooms here for $10 per hour as well.



WeWork is a huge business that provides an extensive number of shared offices to digital nomads, start-up companies and even large companies who prefer to use third parties for their office space.

For a digital nomad, it’s quite an expensive option (unless you’re making the big bucks or believe the work output constitutes the high costs), but if you’re a start-up/business with some descent funds in the bank then this place is perfect as it has a very professional feel to it.

As you’d expect from a large chain, WeWork has everything you need to work well. Plenty of hot desks, meeting rooms, collaborative spaces and even a kitchen exist.

The interior is super modern and comfortable, so you do get what you pay for with this space.

It’s located in-between Kennedy Park and Larcomar and is open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday.


Worx is a good option if you’re looking to work in Lima for at least a month as they offer great monthly deals.

The space is very similar to WeWork and they’re also situated nearby too.

The difference between the two is that Worx is open 8 am until 9 pm every day of the week and so you’re really getting a much better deal here than with WeWork.

Nightlife in Miraflores in Peru

Best places to drink

Bar in Miraflores Peru
Bar in Miraflores Peru

The best place for drinks in Miraflores in Calle Manuel Bonilla. It’s filled with heaps of quirky bars that are always busy – particularly on a weekend.

There are plenty to choose from, however, some of the best include:

  • BarBarian Bonilla 108
  • Graffitería bar
  • El Infusionista

The best places outside of Calle Manuel Bonilla are Elephant Rooftop and Wahios.

Best places to go out and party

A club
A DJ in a club

There is only a handful of clubs (or ‘discotecas’) in Spanish to go out and party in Miraflores as it’s not a huge neighbourhood. However, the clubs that it does have are really good.

Below are the top three, however, if you only have time to go to one then I’d recommend Bizarro.

  • Bizarro
  • Nebula
  • Downtown (best for the LGBT community)

How to travel around

A bus in Miraflores
A taxi in miraflores

Miraflores isn’t a huge district and so most of the time, it’s easy to explore the area on foot.

Below are some alternative ways to get around.

  1. Biking: As mentioned earlier, Lima has bike-friendly infrastructure, including dedicated bike lanes and rental services. You can rent a bike from various shops or bike-sharing services in the area. Biking is a great way to explore the neighbourhood at your own pace, enjoying its scenic views and attractions.

  2. Taxis/Uber/In-drive: Taxis are readily available and you can hail them on the street or use ride-hailing apps like Uber or In-drive. If you opt to take a taxi, then make sure to negotiate the fare or use the meter before starting your journey.

  3. Public Buses: Miraflores is well-connected to other parts of Lima through public buses. You can find bus stops along major roads in the district. Look for buses with route signs indicating your destination. It’s helpful to have small change (coins) for bus fares, as they usually do not accept larger bills. Although very little crime happens in this part of the city, you need to be mindful of pickpockets of local buses.

  4. Metropolitano: The Metropolitano is a rapid transit bus system that runs along the main avenues of Lima, including Miraflores. It’s essentially an over-ground tube and it offers a fast and efficient way to travel within the city. You’ll need a rechargeable card (tarjeta) to use the Metropolitano, which can be obtained at the stations.

Where to stay in Miraflores in Peru


There are heaps of hostels all over Miraflores in Peru, however needless to say that some are better than others.

Here are some of the best:


Selina is a huge chain hostel and the one in Lima is one of the best – if not the best – that I’ve stayed at.

It’s very social and the facilities are modern, clean and – dare I say it – kind of luxury for a hostel.

As I mentioned earlier, it also has a co-working space, as well as a cinema room, library and various events each week.

Check prices: Selina


Periwana is also a very popular hostel that’s very modern and centrally located.

Although I didn’t stay there myself, I’ve visited some friends who were staying there and it has a great rooftop with events such as salsa classes and games nights throughout the week.

Check prices: Periwana

Black Llama

Black Llama is quite a small hostel but the space is very cool. Every nook and cranny is covered is in amazing murals and the staff are constantly striving to improve guests’ experiences.

They also run events throughout the week, varying from chilled movie nights to wild parties.

Again, I haven’t stayed here myself, but I’ve had some drinks in their rooftop bar with a friend who was staying here and so I can vouch for the fact it’s a nice space.

Check prices: Black Llama

Mid-range: Exe Miraflores

Ex Miraflores is a chic and stylish hotel with cosy rooms that are thoughtfully furnished with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and private bathrooms to ensure your utmost comfort. Most of the rooms also have scenic views over Lima.

It’s just 100 meters away from Kennedy Park which makes it a great base for your time exploring the neighbourhood.

Check prices: Exe Miraflores

Luxury: Pullman Hotel

Pullman Hotel is very luxurious and situated just a short distance from Larcomar shopping centre and the Malecon.

It presents an array of offerings including 237 rooms and suites, six meeting rooms, two restaurants, a gym, and a rooftop pool that offers breathtaking views of the sea.

Each air-conditioned room at the hotel is well-appointed, featuring a desk, a kettle, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom equipped with a shower.

Check prices: Pullman


Airbnbs are a great option if you’re staying in the area for one month or more since you typically get a monthly discount.

Below are three Airbnbs that I have stayed in during recent months that have all been great.

  • Andreas place

    Pros: gorgeous modern space, epic city views, large table for working, excellent price, 15 minutes walk to Kennedy Park

    Cons: on a main road

  • Dalias place

    Pros: excellent modern space, large kitchen, large table for working, good price, 15 minutes walk to Kennedy Park

    Cons: you have to pay extra if you want another friend or family member to stay the night

  • Natalias place

    Pros: very centrally location – just a few minutes walk to Kennedy Park, free use of a bike, big space

    Cons: not as modern as the previous two Airbnbs

Important information to know/FAQ

Things to know before you arrive in Miraflores in Lima

How to use your phone from the minute you land


If you want to use your phone from the minute you land – not just in Peru – but in any country, then you should download Airalo – an esim card.

For me personally, this has been a saving grace and the key for me to feel safe and comfortable to travel solo.

When I first land in a new country, I like to know that if I’m in a sticky situation, I have internet or the ability to call for help.

Whilst Airalo is more expensive than a local sim card, there are a number of packages available and I usually go for the cheapest option just to keep me going until I get settled in a new place and have time to go and get a local sim card.

The only thing about Airalo is that initially, it’s a bit complex to set up.

However, once you’ve done it once, it’s really easy.

They also have instructions to help you set things up and I recommend screenshotting when you have internet so that you can activate the sim card easily once you arrive in Lima.

Discount code: to get $3 off your first purchase, you can use my discount code: AMELIA2423

Onward tickets

Boarding pass

When you arrive in Lima, you need to show proof of an onward ticket out of the country.

This shows the immigration officers that you’re not intending to move to the country permanently.

However, this can cause a problem if you’re a free-spirited traveller who doesn’t have a solid itinerary.

But, don’t worry, as below are some of the best ways around the requirement:

  1. Buy a refundable or flexible ticket: there are many airlines which allow you to cancel your flight if it’s within 24 hours of booking. You can check the small print and book a last-minute flight ahead of arriving in Lima.

  2. Buy a cheap bus ticket: you can purchase a cheap bus ticket which shows you crossing the border from Peru to Ecuador or Peru to Bolivia.

  3. Rent a flight: you can use a flight rental company who you pay a small fee to in return for them booking you a ticket and absorbing all the cost/risk on. They will send you confirmation details and you will just need to show this to the immigration office once you arrive in Lima. There are many companies out there, but Onward Ticket is one of the most well-known and trusted.

Travel visas

Currently, the travel visa for Peru is 3 months within any 6-month period. So, essentially you can stay in for 3 months and then out for 3 months, twice per year.

You don’t need to apply for a visa before you arrive in Peru – you will just be given the 90-day stamp in your passport by the immigration officer at the airport.

It’s important to note that this has recently been reduced from 6 to 3 months, so it’s always worth checking the latest information on your country’s official government website.

Things to know once you arrive in Miraflores in Lima

Where to get a sim card

Bitel store in Miraflores

When you land at Lima airport, you’ll see that they are selling sim cards for an extortionate price.

This is a complete tourist trap so do not fall into it.

As mentioned above, I highly recommend the Airalo e-sim card if you don’t want to leave the airport without being able to use your phone. Plus, with my code ‘AMELIA2423’, this makes it super cheap.

Once you arrive in Miraflores in Lima, the best network providers are:

  • Movistar
  • Claro
  • Entel
  • Bitel

They are all offering similar deals and so any will be fine to choose, but you’ll also want to watch out for them automatically putting you on a higher-than-necessary tariff. Be clear that you want the cheapest option, as often this is more than enough data to last the month.

I’m with Bitel and I’m happy with them.

Whichever you choose, you’ll need to take your passport with you in order to receive the sim card.

Which banks have the best fees

BCP in Miraflores

There are four major banks in Peru and these are:

  • BCP
  • ScotiaBank
  • Interbank
  • BBVA Peru

BCP allows you to withdraw up to 700 soles without fees. If you need to take out more, then you can withdraw money multiple times and you still wont be charged.

The remaining 3 banks charge a small fee to withdraw cash from an international bank account.

Money Exchange

Money exchange in Miraflores

If you need to change your currency in Lima, then you can do so at the airport or at one of the currency exchange counters when you arrive later on.

There are a fair few places along Avenida Jose Pardo, as well as around Kennedy Park.

My store of choice is always Casa de cambio Rey’s 2.

How to meet people in Miraflores

Lupulo bar
Lupulo bar

If you’ve just arrived in a new country and you know absolutely no one then you know how daunting that can be.

If you’re looking to make some friends whilst you’re in Peru then here are some options:

  • Lúpulo Bar – Mundo Lingo

    As I briefly mentioned earlier on in this guide, Lúpulo Bar holds an event every Thursday at 8 pm called Mundo Lingo.

    The idea is that you socialise with other travellers, ex-pats and locals whilst exchanging language skills.

    When you arrive you’ll be given a sticker with your native flag and additional stickers to represent the language which you’re looking to learn.

    Heaps of people attend this event every week and it’s a great way to meet like-minded travellers and brush up on your language skills.

  • Join Facebook

    Some good groups are: Expats Who Love Lima and Lima Expat Meetups.

  • Use Bumble BFF

    Bumble is predominantly a dating app however they have a feature called Bumble BFF where you can match with people who have similar interests to you in a new city. Lima is very popular for this, however, it is mostly locals on there.

Best supermarkets

Metro supermarket in Miraflores in Lima in Peru

If you’re hanging out in Miraflores for a while and you want to stock up the fridge rather than splash the cash on the many incredible restaurants in the area, then you do so at the centrally located Metro or Wong.

These are both large supermarkets with multiple stores across the country, with pretty good prices.

Vivanda is also a great place to shop, but it’s more expensive. If you’re from the UK, it’s similar to Waitrose.

Best gyms

Smartfit in Miraflores in Peru
Girl in the gym

There are quite a few options when it comes to finding a gym in Miraflores, however, SmartFit and BodyTech are two good options.

Both of these brands have multiple gyms in the area and you can pick up a day pass for a decent price.

If you’re planning to stay in Miraflores for a while, then you can also get weekly or monthly deals – although, for South America, these aren’t as cheap as you may think.

If you’re signing up for a year, you’ll get the best price, but for most tourists, this isn’t what they’re after.

You’ll also find that these two brands operate in multiple countries across South America and offer a more premium pass for those looking for access to multiple gyms. If you’re travelling South America for a long period of time, these two gyms are worth checking out.

I personally use SmartFit and although it gets busy during peak hours, they have a lot of really good equipment and the staff are happy to give you what is essentially a mini personal training session if you ask.

Where to get a haircut

Boy getting a haircut

Whether you’re travelling around the country or you’re staying in the city for a while, getting a good mop chop can be hard to come by.

Some great places for men to go are:

  • Royalty Barber Shiop
  • Valentino
  • Barba Negra

Some great places for women to go to are:

  • Cian Salon & Spa
  • BE – Salón
  • Romero Studio

Safety in Miraflores in Peru

Miraflores in Lima in Peru at sunset
Miraflores in Lima in Peru at sunset

Miraflores in Peru is considered the safest area of Lima.

Unlike other parts of the city, you’re able to walk the streets with your phone in your hand, AirPods in your ears and cameras round your neck.

However, like any city, it’s good to keep your wits about you.

You’ll also find that there are many children asking for money and parents with babies who are looking for people to buy supplies such as milk and nappies.

Of course, this is heartbreaking, but it’s advised not to give the children too much money as otherwise this becomes more appealing to them than going to school.

You also need to be clear when buying supplies for babies how much you are willing to spend as otherwise you will end up with a counter full of every baby supply under the sun.

Explore Peru further

That’s a wrap for Miraflores in Peru, but if you’re looking for even more information about this epic country then feel free to check out my 3 week Peru itinerary which covers mountains with glacial lakes, the desert, the beach and, of course, the infamous Machu Picchu.

Stay Wild Travels.

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