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This attractive area, with its ocean views and cliffs, was one of the first areas to be settled by the Spanish after Lima was founded. It was named San Miguel de Miraflores in 1535. From 1879 to 1884, Peru and Bolivia united to fight Chile in the bloody War of the Pacific. One of the most famous battles, the Battle of Miraflores, occurred in January 1881; 2,000 dedicated Peruvians fought the invading Chileans in Miraflores. They were Lima’s last line of defense. The Peruvians, short on munitions and outnumbered, were defeated and Lima was sacked. Nevertheless, the bravery of the Miraflores defenders is remembered today: Miraflores’ official nickname is “the heroic city.”

In the 19th century, the area was a popular beach resort. By the 1950s, it was one of Lima’s most important districts. Several of Peru’s most famous writers lived in Miraflores, including Ricardo Palma (1833-1919) and Mario Vargas Llosa. In 1992, the infamous Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) detonated a car bomb in Miraflores; weeks later, terrorist leader Abimael Guzmán was captured in nearby Surcillo, only blocks away from Miraflores.

Today, Miraflores is one of the most affluent and attractive sectors of Lima. The streets are lined with trees, the buildings are well-kept and street crime is closely controlled (although not nonexistent). Many green spaces give respite to tourist, including Parque Kennedy, which hosts occasional art shows and flea markets. This district is full of full of fancy hotels, backpacker hostels, good shopping, elegant restaurants, bookstores, banks and more. The archaeological site Huaca Pucllana has a small but interesting museum. Miraflores is also popular for surfing and hang gliding.

Other neighborhoods in Lima: Central Lima, Callao, Barranco, Lima Airport, Chorrillos, Pueblo Libre, San Borja and San Isidro.

15 Jan 2013

Things to do in Miraflores

Organic Market (Bioferia)

Every Saturday morning locals flock to Parque Reducto in Miraflores to buy fresh organic produce and to sample organic products. Nearly a block long, the market is largely made up of local organic ...
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Costa Verde Beaches

108899There are four main surfable beaches along the Costa Verde beach road in Miraflores, and all are within a 15-minute walk of each other. South of the pier at Rosa Náutica Restaurant is Redondo, and ...
Miraflores, Lima, Peru


108900Makaha is the most popular for beginner surfers, with both good inside and outside left and right breaks from an exposed reef. Schools and newbies occupy the inner break, and be warned, it can get ...
Miraflores, Lima, Peru


108904Picturesque Redondo is the only Costa Verde beach located south of the pier at Rosa Náutica Restaurant. The waves here break closer to the beach, providing an easier paddle. It is also less damning ...
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Huaca Pucllana

107198Machu Picchu may get all the glory, but ruins even older than the Cusco giant can be explored without ever leaving downtown Lima. Indigenous peoples started building Huaca Pucllana in 400 A.D.—nine ...
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Parque del Amor

Finish your cup of coffee or glass of wine at Larcomar and head north along Malecón de la Reserva. Walk along the scenic path for ten minutes and you’ll see a little yellow bridge; behind the ...
City Park
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Parque Kennedy

107178Smack dab in the middle of Lima’s upscale Miraflores neighborhood is Parque Kennedy, a small, peaceful oasis from congested thoroughfares and skyscrapers. Parque Kennedy draws lots of people. ...
City Park
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

La Pampilla

Of all the Costa Verde beaches, La Pampilla is by far the most popular break for intermediate and advanced surfers—and it should only be surfed by those who are skilled and know what they are ...
Miraflores, Lima, Peru


Located in Larcomar, Aura is the premier upscale dance club in Miraflores, and for that matter, in all of Lima. A huge dance floor, several bars and lots of lounge areas turn it up with a mix of pop ...
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Tumbao VIP

Near Parque Kennedy, at the end of the touristy Calle de los Pizzas (“Pizza Street”), this salsa club is a good option for those who want to get down, get dancing and get to know the locals. Of ...
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

El Faro de la Marina

El Faro de la Marina is a blue and white candy cane-striped lighthouse that faces the ocean. El Faro de la Marina doesn’t have the cutting originality of Parque del Amor but it affords beautiful, ...
City Park
Miraflores, Lima, Peru
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