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Peru with kids: What to See in Miraflores

What to see in Miraflores

1. Walk or bike along Malecon de Miraflores

Last time we visit we stayed in Miraflores and visit the Malecon de Miraflores, Lima scenic cliff top pathway almost six miles long and it is line with gardens along the way and the views are amazing.  Along with this, you find different parks, restaurants, mini gyms, skateparks among other things. This is divided as Malecón Cisneros, Malecón de la Reserva, and  Malecón 28 de Julio. The views from it are just amazing!

All the way in Malecon de Miraflores you can find great parks: Maria Reiche, Antonio Raimondi, Parque Grau, and Centro America Park, IIZHAN Rabik Park and Parque del Amor.

 

Peru with kids: what to see in Miraflores

 

2. Stop at El Parque del Amor

Love’s Park is one iconic park in Miraflores. The giant sculpture of two lovers kissing is in the middle of this park overlooking the Ocean.  It is surrounded by mosaic walls on the benches. Is located in Malecon Cisneros a short walk from Larcomar. When in Lima make sure you visit this gem.

Peru with kids: el parque del Amor

3. Shop in Larcomar

Miraflores is a popular touristic area and Larcomar is a beautiful shopping center located by the Cliff of the beach. Its construction in 1998 caused controversy among neighbors because it was built on what it was a public park: Parque Salazar. Now is the favorite of locals and tourists, it has brought more people to already popular neighboorhood.

The park where was build it had a Cliff view and now this beautiful shopping mall posses those view. People local and tourist can enjoy a lunch, dinner or any meal with a stunning Ocean View. Besides restaurants, Larcomar has bowling alleys, clothes stores, ice cream shops, coffee shops, kids games areas. Is a great place to spend time.

Peru with kids: Miraflores

4. East around Parque Kenedy

El Parque Kenedy is located on the heart of Miraflores at the end of Avenida Arequipa. is the little main square with the little the Virgen Milagrosa’s Church and County building.

There are traditional restaurants as well as fast food restaurants. Around the Parque Kenedy, you find la Calle de las Pizzas, it is basically a street full of pizzerias, bar, and pubs. It is loud and they work on making you get inside their place. Sometimes it can be too much with family.

The Parque Kenedy usually has art exhibitions of local artists that are selling their work. Also, you can find souvenirs fairs. There you can find also the stop for the City Sieghsight panoramic Bus Tour, Mirabus.

 

 

Lima: Imagination Park

The Imagination park

El Parque de la imaginacion is a playful science and technology park and museum for children age 5 to 12. It is set up in a warehouse type of building where you can find different activities for kids.

A mini fire station, where kids can ride the fire engine and put the fire down. You can get to experience an earthquake, make giant bubbles. Learn about the human body and walk through some organs. It has a  robot dinosaurs exhibition and jungle animals. Create energy riding a bike.

There is also an aquarium with sea animals from local areas in Peru. fun for little and older. For Spanish speaker or non-Spanish speakers.

The park opens from Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. Entrance Cost $5. This Park and Museum is located on Av. José de la Riva Agüero Cdra. 8 s/n – San Miguel.

Here the gallery:

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Check the human body
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Little and older can create energy pedaling a bike and see the space
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Peddaling to create energy
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Explore around dinosaurs exhibit
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Kids can visit a mini fire station
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make a giant bubble
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Lots of hands-on activities
eel
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Sea Horse
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piranas
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little turtle from the jungle called “charapas”

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Lima’s Horse Race Track

Hipodromo de Monterrico

Lima’s Horse Race Track is a choice If you want to do something different with your family while in Lima.  Lima’s only Horse Race Track called Monterrico hipodromo. This is Horse Race Track was built in 1959 and open to the public in 1960. It is at a great distance from Lima Center. Located in Derbi Avenue s/n door 3 in the District of Surco.

The Monterrico Hipodromo’s entrance is free for the public but there is a for members only, with a bar and restaurant. The public entrance is not luxury, it is a local area and free of charge. There,  you can see people really passionate about horse races. The public area has a great view of the Horse race Track wherever you are. Plus it has a huge screen. You won’t miss a bit.

Inside the track, you can buy the race info horse as time and horse numbers. We watch a couple of races before betting on it.  There are lots of local folks betting. My dad is a huge horse race track and this was kinda a family thing to do.

My kids really enjoy watching the races, eating popcorn and playing on the little play area. It was the first time they saw a horse race as well as mine. Crazy right? but growing up I just saw this on TV. I hope you enjoy this gallery and learn what to expect there.

 

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Lima: The legends Park – Zoo

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Kids ready to explore the Legend Park a local favorite zoo

This is the oldest zoo in Lima.  The legends park is an extended park where you can appreciate not only the zoo, also a botanical garden, archeological sites, butterfly rides, playground amusement, restaurants and more. For these reasons is a local favorite spot.

The park is located in the Av. Parque de las Leyendas 580, San Miguel Lima. The unique thing about this zoo is that you can find many birds and animals from South America and Central America.  The entrance costs $2.3 per kids and $4 per adults and It is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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There is a Huaca (pre-Inca building) archeological area inside The Legends Park
Lima with kids in the legends park
More views of the Huaca

One of the highlights of this zoo is that houses lots of animals from Peru. The zoo is divided into geographical regions Cost, Jungle and Andes showing typical animals from those areas and the world.

Remember, It is always better to arrive when they open (9 am) if you want to avoid the crowds, especially on weekends and holidays. You can see llamas, jaguar, cougar, Amazonian monkeys, elephants, zebras, lion, tiger. You can easily spend a half day here looking at the animals and visiting all the areas.

This park is very big and open, so during summer time, it can get very hot. So, you can buy an umbrella at the kiosks by the entrance or wear protection (hat, sunblock). If you have little kids bring a stroller if you can.

 

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Amzonian birds
Peru with kids watching the monkeys
Trying to find the mokeys
A close view of monkeys
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The fences made hard to see the african penguins
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kids admired the penguins anyway
Lake
We took the zoo ride and saved time. The zoo is bigger than you think. These are the beautiful dolphins made out of grass in this artificial lake. You can rent paddle boats here.
Entrance to the botanical garden
Paddington Bear Lima Peru
The Peruvian bear
Peru paddington bear
We spend lots of time looking at this beauty
He was very friendly
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Kids really appreciate these open spaces
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A great Maze

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As you explore the park you will notice there is one court food area but many kiosks. On the court food, you can find the famous Peruvian roasted chicken, yummy but not many vegetarians options. There is plenty of candy and snacks on the kiosks.

I hope this will be helpful on your trip!

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Ancon

Ancon

Ancon is one of Lima’s Beach Resort located in the North part of Lima. An hour by car (about 43 km) from Lima and very popular for local people because of its calm water.

This area was an important pre-colonial town. It was a fishing town and a burying area on the pre-Inca era. Ancon has an archeological museum with an exhibition of all the rest founds in this area. Later in 1930, it was transformed into an upscaled Beach resort.

On these times, it is not a very touristic place but if you like some real experience visiting a foreign country, this can be a great experience for the whole family. We do recommend if you do this trip to hire professional transportation or doing through an official local tourist agency.

Ancon has a beautiful path walk build among the building and the beach.  At the beach, there are row boats, paddle boat, and kayaks that you can rent or you can pay to be ride per around $2.5 per person. The rides can take you to the cave house of many birds, sea lions, and even penguin if you lucky enough.

 

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Kids Playing at the beach path
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The kids decided to play soccer while walking at the path
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Buildings built by the beach path

 

Ancon beach is a calm beach and full of seaweed and it makes a great house for beautiful sea creatures. It has abundant sardines and our kids were fascinating watching them, swimming with them and trying to catch them.

 

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The fishes are by the shore. A great amount of phytoplankton makes this happen
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The kids were very entertained with the fishes on the water and trying to catch them
We got lucky. The day was perfect

The good news is you can rent there chairs and umbrellas, boat, paddle boats or kayak. Its peaceful water will let you enjoy these type of rides.

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Pedal boat for rent

 

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The only restaurant located at the end of the path had one of the best Ceviches in Lima
This restaurant has an amazing view

I hope you enjoy your visit to Ancon.

Lima with kids

Callao

Lima Peru – Callao

The Port City of El Callao is a great place to visit and relax. El Callao is an upcoming area like many in Lima. It used to be a dangerous area and now you can enjoy its beauty in a safe way.

First, a little bit of history, during the Viceroyalty of Peru, Callao was one of the main Port of the Americas. Callao it is a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean with three main beaches Cantolao, Malecon, and Arenilla. Where you can find great Cevicherias (restaurants specialized on Ceviches), Naval Museum and the Real Felipe fortress, Peruvian Naval Academy, Real Felipe Fort.

Peruvian Naval Academy

 

Peru with kids: Callao

Beach Resort La Punta

Cantolao is a great beach located by Peruvian Academy Naval. On the 19th Century, one of the top beach Resort.

It is well known by locals for its cold water and rocky ground. You can get a boat ride per $3 – $10  per person upon how far you want to go. You have the options to go Island San Lorenzo or Island Palomino.

It has green areas and a little playground, very well maintained. Real Felipe is a walking distance of this beach.

Lima with kids: Callao
Cantolao

Restaurants

Real Felipe Fortress

The Fortress Real Felipe was built to defend the Peruvian Port and the city of Lima from pirates and corsairs during colonial times. In 1886 the fortress was used as a naval defense point between a Spanish fleet sent to South America to reclaim its colonies and the land batteries in the cost of Peru.

The fortress is currently the Peruvian Army Museum. Cost $5 per person.

So much to see. I hope you enjoy it!

Traveling with kids to Lima: 6 fun local parks for kids in Lima

Fun Local Parks for kids in Lima

If you are traveling with kids to Lima here are the 6 best local parks to visit. Kids need to run and enjoy themselves so if you are in Lima and your kids are ready for that. Here is the list of best places to take them

1. San Miguel Park – The legends Park:

This is the oldest zoo in Lima. The legends park is located in the Av. Parque de las Leyendas 580, San Miguel Lima. The entrance costs $2.3 per kids and $4

You can find a variety of Peruvian and around the world animal’s species

Parque de las Leyendas Lima Peru
Making bubbles by the Huaca
Parque de las leyendas
Penguins
You can take a mini car to get faster to places. We did it for my dad
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lots of space for running
Peruvian Bear

Monkeys
Monkeys
A huge park with a labyrinth

2. The Friendship Park – Parque de la Amistad:

This park is located in Av. Caminos del Inca Cuadra 21 s/n Surco. Its main attraction is a little locomotive from 1928 with three wagons. Also, famous because of the beautiful “Arco Morisco”.

The little train station is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm. The ride takes you around all the 30,000 m2 you cross the artificial lagoon, the copy of the Spanish arch “Arco de la Amistad” or “Arco Morisco”. You can sit and relax and watch the beautiful surroundings.

Also, on the artificial lagoon, you can rent little paddle boats for less than $2 and feed the birds that hang out around the lagoon.

Travel with kids: Lima Parque de la Amistad
Arco Morisco or Arco de la Amistad. the original one was located at Arequipa Av. After it was destroyed it was rebuild here

Lima Peru parque de la amistad

Travel with kids: parque de la amistad

Artificial Lagoon
hanging bridge
Little locomotive. Seat and relax

3. Miraflores’s Park – Principito Park

What not to love about Miraflores’s Malecon. It has a path for walking and bikes that goes along the whole Malecon. Walking through it you can find different parks for your little ones: Maria Reiche, The love Park, the Skate Park and a lot of open green spaces to run. However, the favorite of my littles is the little prince or the boat. It used to had an old boat one that has been changed by a modern boat playground.

The scene is wonderful, you can watch your kids playing by the ocean. is the sport for many local people. My kids always had a great time here. Last time we got a bubble maker and they run happily chasing them.

The park is located on Malecón Cisneros Cuadra 10 s/n (by the Yitzhak Rabin’s Park) It has a beautiful little Prince’statue.

This is the new boat play structure
this new structure was a hit for the boys
Little prince statue
ladybug

The view from the park
The path you can walk along
These are the types of structure you can find along Malecon Cisneros. Kids love to move!
Nonstop bubbles times

4. San Isidro Park – La Pera Park

This is a quiet park with a great playground for little ones and sand. Located by in Av. Salaverry Cuadra 35 and Av. El Ejercito (San Isidro).

It also has space for running. It starts by the Malecon in San Isidro you can walk along with it and find mini gyms along the road.

5. Jesus Maria Park – Mars Camp (Campo de Marte)

This is one of the oldest great green areas in Lima. It still has lots of green area for kids to play soccer and run around. There is no playground but there are fair with games and rides that kids can get for less than $2.

I love to let my kid just play with the ball around. around the corner, you find also local food fair where you can grab lunch or dinner.

The Mars Camp is located on the intersection of  Av. Salaverry and  Av. 28 de Julio. Government Paredes are held here during the month of July. This is a great place for a long walk, ride bikes, skate, play and have picnics.

 

Inflatable hamster wheel ride from less than $2
My kid trying to get some candy from a local vendor

6. Magic Water Circuit

Paseo de Aguas is called Magic Water Circuit, it is basically a park full of fountains amazingly lighted. They have a main show on the evenings every day but Monday where make the fountains shoot water following the rhythm of the music and projecting great images. This show is high quality as many in Las Vegas the cost a bit more than $1.

 

 

 

Lima – Magic Water Circuit

Lima Peru: Magic Water Circuit

The Magic Water Circuit is a huge park filled with interactive laser water fountains and sophisticated modern light sets. Magic Water Circuit, or Paseo de las Aguas it located in El Parque de la Reserva.

El Parque de la Reserva was built in 1929 and to honor the defends of Lima in 1881 on the Pacific War and in 2007 this park was transformed on Magic Water Circuit.

Located on Jr. Madre de Dios | Parque de la Reserva, Lima 15046, Peru. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday at 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. It is one of the favorite places for local families and foreigners. 

This amazing park was inaugurated in 2007 and it has 13 water fountains is a great place to spend with family. This show is high quality as many in Las Vegas the cost a bit more than $2! 

Fountains

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One of the main fountains

All of the fountains are illuminated at night, many with continuously changing color schemes. The ground and landscaping are well maintained and beautiful.

Lima with Kids: Magic Circuit Park
The main entrance
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This fountains had nothing to envy the ones in Las Vegas
Visit Lima with kids: Magic water circuit
Beautiful main fountain

Magic water park

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A colorful show everywhere you look at

Kids fountains

Also, make sure to bring extra clothes in case you get wet.  My kids play for a long time in this water fountains. also, there is water lighted up. Is great in summer days, however, local enjoy getting wet even in winter days.

Visit with kids: kids enjoying the fountains in magic water circuit

Main Light show

It is an amazing show and it can get crowded with local people especially on the weekends. he main laser light show happens every evening except Mondays. It lasts about 15 minutes. Shows are 7:15, 8:15, and 9:30.

The fountains shoot water following the rhythm of the music and projecting great images. A colorful laser light program synchronized with classical and Peruvian music makes the fountains sparkle and shine as the water flows in unique patterns and shapes.

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El condor pasa at Magic Water circuit

Magic Water Circuit Magic Water Circuit

It is really a great show for everyone! Enjoy!

Lima with kids: walk in Barranco and Bridge of sight

Barranco Lima Peru

Barranco is a little district, well known for its bohemian history. It was home of inspiration of very well know Peruvian musicians, artists, designers, and photographer. The bridge of sight or Puente de Los Suspiros is one its main attraction for local and foreigners. It is a that inspire compositor  Chabuca Grande and photographer Mario Testino. 

I love to show this area to my family we had a great afternoon walking by the Bridge of Sight, looking at the Colonial architecture and admiring the street art, and of course, enjoying the Ocean View and even playing soccer at the little main square.

Bridge of Sight or Puente de Los Suspiros

This district used to be the area of Beach Resort for aristocracy locals. Currently, is very popular among the locals that love to walk to the sea that runs through Barranco.

This is a beautiful Colonial bridge with a bohemian style and it was inaugurated 1876. According to the tradition when you cross the Bridge you are supposed to hold your breath and make a wish. Under the bridge, you can find a path that leads you to a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean where usually street artists sell jewelry and play music.

 

Peru with kids Barranco Lime Bridge of sights
Beautiful view of Bridge of Sights

Lima Barranco Bridge of sightAnother side of Bridge of Sight

Family fun in BarrancoLa Bajada del Puente de Los Suspiros

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Kids really enjoyed exploring and touching
Family fun Barranco Lima
Climbing the Chalan statue

Pacific Ocean

In Barranco, you can find art galleries, Contemporary Museums, boutique hotels, Coffe shops, and bars. Its little main square is a good place for kids to run around. After crossing the Bridge of Sight you go to la bajada. My kids really enjoyed walking down the path the leads us to the Pacific Ocean view. Here is the Gallery:

Ocean Path in Lima BarrancoThe way to the Ocean Path

Fun with family in Barranco

Colonial Art and Modern Art

This District is known for its romantic and bohemian feeling with his Colonial Mansions from the 19th Century. It is a mix of modern and Art and Colonial Art. Although is the home of modern art Galleries just walking on its street let you see the work of many modern street artists and their designs. In recent years the graphitic art has increased so much and making Barranco a colorful place.

In Barranco, you can find amazing art street, as well as contemporary art galleries or art gallery as Museum Pedro de Osma.  Colonial style is found also on its streets and if you go to the Museo of Ofma, you will appreciate a great Colonial Art collection.

Peruvian Food

This district is popular among locals for its many bars, restaurants, and clubs. At night it can get very crowded with people looking for parties. During the day is easy to find inexpensive restaurants and expensive ones depending on your budget. Don’t miss to enjoy the traditional “anticuchos” and other Peruvian food.

 

 

 

Lima Peru San Francisco Monastery

Family Fun: Peru with kids at the Monastery of San Francisco in Lima

Peru with kids at Monastery of San Francisco
Monastery of San Francisco

Monastery of San Francisco

Whether you are visiting Peru with kids or alone for a few hours or days this should be a must stop. Kids and adult will be fascinated to take a trip to the past visiting the Monastery of San Francisco in Lima.

Location – Plaza mayor

The Monastery of San Francisco is located a block from Plaza Mayor de Lima in Jiron Lampa and Ancash, at the Northeast side of Plaza Mayor.  Yes, this an amazing church located just a block from the Cathedral! You need to understand the power of the church and its influence during the Colonial time in Peru, there is literally one Church every other block.  So, it is a Catholic Peruvian tradition to walk the “seven churches” on Holly Thursday. For this reason,  Peruvian people go to the Plaza Mayor to get this done fast!

St. Francis Monastery – Francis of Assisi

It is known also as St. Francis Monastery or Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi. It is a must stop for visitors. Franciscan Monasteries are run by Franciscan Friars who believe in protecting the Holy land and doing it for more than 800 years. So you can be transported to the places and the way they used to live. Franciscans still running the masses every day from 8 am to 12 pm and 4-8 pm.

Peru with kids: San Francis Monastery or San Francis of Assisi
View of the front of San Francis Monastery or San Francis of Assisi

Guide Tours and Entrance Fee

The church and convent are open to the public every day from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to1:00 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. It cost $5 per adult and kids $1 for you to be transported to the past. There are running tours in Spanish and English every other hour to the catacombs you can find details here.

World Heritage and Spanish Baroque Style

This construction is great examples of Spanish Baroque style. It has been nominated as World Heritage and now is part of the Historic Center of Lima. After the foundation of Lima, Its construction begins in 1546. After it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1655 its rebuild started from 1657 to 1729 and become a Monastery with a distinguish Baroque architecture. Later it was and declared a minor Basilic in 1963.

Lima Catacombs

The Lima Catacombs were built under the St. Francis Convent and the church with bricks and mortar and was used as underground Cemetery.  This type of Cemeteries was used from 1600 until 1808 by wealthy people that wanted to be buried under churches on the belief they will be close to God. However, the bodies were stack on top of each other to help decomposed. Finally, when the public cemetery was open this type of buried was a mandatory stop.

When you visit you can see the body parts, especially the bones and skull laying down in geometrical shapes circles. The reason for this is to resist earthquakes. When visiting is almost impossible not to feel the chills. The Catacombs were rediscovered in 1947 and open to the public from 1950. So, you can get an amazing tour of this impressive rests. To be honest one of my kids wasn’t willing to go down there but the other was excited. So, is not a show for every kid. Prepare them!

Peru with kids: Lima Catacombs
Lima Peru Catacombs. One of the few remaining catacombs can be found in Peru, don’t miss it if you are in Lima

Monastery of San Francisco Library

Another amazing thing you can find on the  Monastery of San Francisco is its beautiful colonial LIbrary. Which reflect the times were the monastery was built and with a glimpse can transport you to the past. Its beautiful wood shelves are well preserved and you can see part of it but walking around is not allowed.

This library is well renowned and carries more than  25000 of the antique text among others the first Spanish Dictionary published by the Royal Spanish Academic.

Peru with kids: Monastery of San Francisco Library
Monastery of San Francisco Library
Peru with kids: Monastery of San Francisco Library
Monastery of San Francisco Library

 

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