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Adventure, Culture, and Fun: The Ultimate Guide to Miraflores, Peru (2023 Update)

Written by: Kevin Groh

Man paragliding with a blue sky in Miraflores Peru

The Peruvian province of Lima is a fascinating space, making it a prime tourist destination.

In fact, the capital city welcomed 2.35 million international tourists in the year 2017. By 2025, that number is expected to grow to an astounding 3.1 million.

Lima is a beautiful place to explore, shop, eat, drink, and be merry. However, you may be missing out on something great by forgetting to leave the area around your hotel—a small city south of downtown Lima called Miraflores.

Miraflores, Peru, is a gorgeous, affluent, waterside town known for its vast range of shopping options, as well as places to enjoy authentic food and thirst-quenching drinks. If you love to shop or you’re a fan of the nightlife, and you want a spectacular backdrop, the Miraflores district is the place for you.

In this exclusive Cachi guide, we tell you what to do, what to see, what to eat, and much more. Keep reading!

Things to Do in Miraflores, Peru

There are so many things to do in this city. Here are some ideas to get you started! Don’t let this list limit you, though.

Take a Walk Around Malecón, Miraflores’ Boardwalk

This two-mile strip by the Pacific Ocean water’s edge is certainly a sight for sore eyes. Here, you’ll find Larcomar—the cliffside shopping plaza—and Parque del Amor (among others). These are perhaps two of the most popular tourist attractions in the area.

All that aside, you’ll enjoy the awe-inspiring view of the water, as well as the Faro lighthouse.

Part of Miraflores’ charm is its cliffs, which are a fascinating sight to see. There are several parks in the area where you can relax and enjoy the view, or take your kids for a playdate. Adults and children alike will love this part of town.

Look at the Water From a Bird’s-Eye View

Stay right near the boardwalk and enjoy parasailing through the Parapuerto paragliding service!

Leave your nerves on land and allow the sail to take you up, up, and away, as you get the perfect view of the expanse of the city—cliff, land, Pacific Ocean, and all.

Miraflores Peru Coastline with sand cliff and a highway next to water

Stimulate the Local Economy at Larcomar

It was probably hard for you to read the words “cliffside shopping plaza” without taking some pause! But you read the words correctly: Larcomar isn’t your average mall. It sits right over the Pacific Ocean.

This shopping center is loved by international travelers and tourists alike, partly because of its spectacular backdrop, and partly because of the luxurious shopping options.

What to do in Miraflores, Lima Peru

If you’re a fan of sightseeing or history, there’s plenty to do in that regard, as well. Miraflores is home to some beautiful art exhibits and more. Perhaps you can explore one of the following places while you’re in town and take in some of Peru’s culture.

The Amano Pre-Columbian Textile Museum

This gorgeous and illuminating museum opened its doors in 1964, thanks to Yoshitaro Amano.

The small but significant museum features four rooms with three different concepts: A chronological textile sequence, a raw materials and textiles room, and the Yoshitaro Amano room.

In the first two rooms, there are more than 120 textile works that highlight the history and culture of pre-Columbian Peru. In Amano’s room, you’ll see his personal collection of over 460 Chancay textiles.

Visit the Several Various Parks

Malecón has so many parks, the locals hardly know where one ends and another begins!

If you’re a fan of people-watching in the park, enjoy the Parque Salazar, the Parque Domodossola, the Parque Intihuatana (where you’ll find a beautiful sculpture by a local artist), and much more.

Miraflores Peru coastline at night with lighthouse in the background

Ricardo Palma Museum

This museum is, in reality, a house—author Ricardo Palma’s house.

The home still features his furniture and belongings, perfectly illuminating the life he lived there. Palma, a scholar, did it all—he was a journalist, a politician, a historian, and the creator of the genre ‘tradición,’ or historical fiction. Any book lover can appreciate the scope of his talent, and his home is worth a visit knowing all he contributed to literature and beyond.

Where to Eat and Drink in Miraflores, Lima Peru

There’s no lack of excellent dining options in Miraflores, Peru. The food is exquisite and authentic and can accommodate a wide range of budgets. Some of the locals’ favorites include the following.

    Dine at Award-Winning Maido…

    In 2019, Maido was awarded the honor of being called one of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.” Notice we said the world’s best, not just Peru’s best. That’s certainly saying something!

    Visit Maido for an eclectic mix of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, where you’ll find a large variety of seafood options. The chef himself, Tsumura, was born in Lima, so you’ll be sure to taste some authentic Peruvian dishes.

    Make sure to show up hungry!

    …Or Try Fan-Favorite Central

    The Central restaurant has more than just a gorgeous facade—it has the single mission of bringing itself back to its Peruvian roots.

    The chefs use local, unique ingredients, derived from the surrounding landscapes, and put a fresh spin on old traditions. Expect seasonal offerings that reflect the current environment.

    Have a Drink at La Cachina

    Once dinner’s over, have a nightcap at this bar, one of the most popular in Miraflores.

    They provide an excellent variety of cocktails, as well as finger foods if you need a second dinner!

    Enjoy Your Exciting Stay in Miraflores, Peru

    This guide doesn’t even begin to cover all the wonderful things this gorgeous city has to offer. From relaxed shopping to adventurous parasailing and beyond, you’ll never run out of things to do. In fact, your visit to Miraflores, Peru, may have to be a long one!

    When you travel with us through Cachi, you’re getting a genuinely authentic experience. Our offerings are not only affordable, but they give back directly to the local community—the Quechua people at the forefront of our culture. By traveling with us, you, too, can give back to the local community, empowering locals, all while having a great time.

    Note: If you’re keen on staying in Peru longer, here is a 10-Day Peru Itinerary on Etramping, a guide to all major Peru attractions, and some off-the-beaten-path hidden gems planned for anyone who wants to visit this part of the world.

    Click here to check out our booking page or contact us for any questions. We’d love to make your experience the best one ever.

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