As the epicenter of the Peruvian upper class, there are a plethora of fun things to see and do in the glitzy suburb of Miraflores. And although some activities require large sums of cash, others are refreshingly easy on the wallet and well within the reach of budget-minded backpackers. Here are Culture Trip’s recommendations.
Get on your bike
A number of travel agencies offer bicycle excursions through the neighborhood’s most prestigious streets, following a route along the coast which ensures plenty of breathtaking views. For those who prefer to go it alone, it’s possible to rent a bike for the day and head out to explore on your ownsome.
Stroll down the Malecón
Not that keen on cycling? No problem, because the famous boardwalk known as the Malecón is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. Occupying an enviable position on a cliff overlooking the ocean, this picturesque spot is popular with both locals and tourists alike.
Shop till you drop
As you might expect, Miraflores is brimming with shopping malls and trendy boutiques. For the best upscale shopping experience, head to the renowned Larcomar, a modern oceanfront shopping mall with all the latest international designer brands.
Larcomar, Malecón de la Reserva, Miraflores, Perú +51 1 6254343
Parasail over the ocean
Few places are as popular in South America with paragliders as the cliffs of Miraflores, largely thanks to the stunning views they afford of the ocean and city below. Great news for budget travelers, a brief 10 minute stint can be bought for as little as 160 PEN (US$50).
Eat like a king
Whether it be an internationally renowned restaurant or a simple roadside cevicheria, there is somewhere to feast for every budget in this glitzy seaside neighborhood.
Visit an ancient pyramid
For a suburb full of Starbucks and McDonald’s, an early indigenous pyramid is the last thing you would expect to stumble upon. Nevertheless, the fascinating 1,500-year-old site known as Huaca Pucllana is open to the public for a grand sum of 10 PEN (US$3).
Have a night out on the town
Sip a cocktail as the sun sets over the ocean or dance with the young and the restless until the break of dawn, there is no shortage of nighttime entertainment in this glamorous neighborhood.
Kick back with the cool cats in Kennedy Park
Situated amid the hustle and bustle of Miraflores’ most happening streets, Kennedy Park is a great place to relax and get away from it all. We hope you like cats, though, because over 100 furry felines take refuge here thanks to an adorable initiative from the local council.
Search for souvenirs at the handicraft market
Looking for a memento of your time in Peru or perhaps just a gift for the folks back home? Then Mercado Indio (Indian Market) is the place to go, boasting a huge selection of alpaca clothing and knickknacks plus other traditional goodies.
Peruse for produce
Healthy eating fanatics will be in heaven at the Miraflores Eco Feria, an expansive organic produce market that sells the freshest fruit and greens in the city. Other wholesome products such as herbs, teas, oils and grains are also available to tempt the palate. It takes place on Saturday between 8 am and 4 pm.