Miraflores is a district of the Lima Province in Peru. Known for its shopping areas, gardens, flower-filled parks and ... More
Miraflores is a district of the Lima Province in Peru. Known for its shopping areas, gardens, flower-filled parks and beaches, it is one of the upscale districts that make up the city of Lima. Source: Wikipedia
A great view, tons of stores selling cool stuff, great restuarants. We got to witness a fight between some lady and a taxi driver. While all of the other taxi drivers were watching the fight, the last one on line noticed me and my friends and gave us a great price back to san isidro. he also gave us a detailed tour of the way back. the marriot hotal across the street from the water ia an ideal place to stay, the view is amazing from 20 floors up!
Miraflores is a beautiful suburb, with lots of restaurants, great night life, and best of all cheap... i grew up in San Juan de Miraflores, a suburb 20 minutes from Miraflores, and use to love going for a walk along Pardo & Benavides on the weekends, now i live in Sydney and often go back to visit my family, I go to Miraflores for a walk, to have coffe & churros at Manolo's or a bit ice cream at Donofrio's and dont forget Bembos and the pizzeria's .... there also theatres and souvenier malls... so much to do in Miraflores, and it doesn't cost you an arm & a leg :) enjoy your stay!!!
My wife is from Peru (Lince District in Lima) and I am headed down there for the fifth time in December, for a three-week stay. Miraflores is definitely one of the cleaner and safer areas in Lima. If you don't like seeing poor, crowded, dirty places, stay within Miraflores. Miraflores has nice restaurants, malls, nice parks, and a gorgeous view of the sea at Larcomar. But don't go down there expecting Miraflores to be like downtown Chicago or New York, because it's not. That being said though, I could definitely see my wife and I buying an ocean-view condo in Miraflores during our retirement. Other nice areas in the city include San Isidro and La Molina.
Personally, I love the whole city of Lima (and all of Peru that I've seen, for that matter). Yeah, most of it's dirty and poor, but I love getting away from the US for a few weeks at a time, and being in a place where nobody's worried about "keeping up with the Joneses". Everyone I've met there is so welcoming and inviting. People seem to be happier in general, than Americans. I haven't met anyone there during my visits with the common American attitude of "if you don't speak our language, I'm not even going to try to talk to you". It's been quite the contrary. Most people I've met in Peru have been anxious to help me with my Spanish or at least try to communicate with me (I'm not 100% fluent, but close now).
In terms of where to stay...if I were planning a trip to Miraflores and staying for a week or more, I would book the first maybe two nights in a hotel so you know for sure you've got a place to stay. Then the first day or two, I would look for other places to stay that may be cheaper or in a more preferable location (i.e. with an ocean view). Everything is so much cheaper down there. A lot of places you'll find on the internet though may seem to have typical American prices. Some things will surprise you as to how cheap they are...one of them being lodging. I've never stayed in Miraflores. I've always stayed with either my wife's family in Lince or a friend's family in San Borja when staying in Lima. But other places I've stayed in Peru include Mancora (beachfront hotel with a pool for $29/night) and Cusco ($85 for an entire week in a nice hostal just a couple blocks from the plaza de armas). So don't lock yourself into an expensive place if you're willing to venture out and look for something a bit cheaper. And if you don't find anything else you like, you can always extend your stay at your hotel.
I had the opportunity to spend 2 weeks in Miraflores recently studying Spanish at a great little school called El Sol. First of all, the school was wonderful and I really enjoyed my classes and teachers. I rented a small apartment, which was cheaper than staying in a hotel, which gave me a kitchen (for breakfast) and a small living room and a private bedroom area. The area is quite safe and each morning I would go out jogging before class and in the evenings (after school) walked throughout the entire area feeling very safe. Every place I ate was good and reasonable. I'm a bit of a tightwad, so I don't eat at a lot of high-end places. In the center of Miraflores are lots of places to eat. Surprizing to me was the number of Chinese restaurants. I ended up eating at those quite a lot. As far as touristy stuff, there's not lot's of it in Miraflores, but the setting is really nice, and did I mention safe?!!! My visits into Lima were a bit disappointing, but there are a few good places to visit for the culture. I took a great bus tour of the city and we went up the side of a mountain for a tremendous view (although very scary ride!!!). If your main reason from visiting Peru is culture and history, go to Cusco and Macchu Picchu. If you are going for Spanish or a nice city to spend some time at reasonable prices, then go to Lima/Miraflores. I am actually going back in a few weeks to study Spanish again and plan to stay in Miraflores and rent an apartment. I'm am very much looking forward to my return visit.
I think that term 'nice' covers Miraflores. It is one of the better parts of Lima, but does not have much special things to offer, apart from some nice small parks, reastaurants and a novel modern shopping center. There are better parts of Lima, but also much worse, and Miraflores definitely has a safe feeling to it.
Miraflores is an area of Lima worthy of exploration. Excellent dining, great shopping and a very tourist-friendly part of Lima.
The nightlife is hopping and during the day one can easily reach a wide variety of museums and cultural sites.
There is even a pretty nice concrete skatepark on the way from the airport so bring your board.
Downtown in Lima is amazing, a lot of history and Spanish like Architecture.
However Miraflores although its modern it has its own places to visit but most important is safer as people in Lima (very warm) let me know.
Miraflores night Life is asome, I really liked having dinner in a Larcomar restaurant a shopping center built on the riff of Miraflores beaches, nice ocean view. Also if you have extra money consider the Marriot in there is explendid.
Weather althougth it was winter it was shiny.
I think is one of the best places to walk to restaurants, shops and the many beautiful parks full of flowers and green areas.
The people are friendly and there is less traffic than other areas.
Miraflores has it's own history and you can get tours to the different sites.
You can find restaurants at short walking distance.
I really like it!
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