So far, we’ve already talked about unexpected, fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Cusco, but we’ve compiled another list for those of you who plan to spend the day in Peru’s capital city. And since Valentine’s Day in Peru is also considered Friendship Day, Día de los Amigos, you don’t have to feel left out if your traveling companion isn’t your romantic partner.
Seven years ago, Lima’s neglected Reserve Park was made over as the Magical Water Circuit, a spectacular park showcasing fountains by different designers. Thirteen fountains showcasing unexpected shapes, light shows, and interactive elements keep visitors well entertained. In 2009, it took the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest fountain complex in a public park. There’s a labyrinth fountain, a tunnel fountain, a pyramid fountain, and more.
If you’d like to make the most of a free day in Lima, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the ancient, colonial, and modern monuments of the city, hopefully taking in as much beauty, history and culture as possible. You can do this easily through a half-day tour which takes place twice a day, each morning and afternoon, or you can go the independent route.
Throughout Peru, Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) is most important, with a festive atmosphere in the streets, while Christmas day the cities appear deserted as most choose to spend the day with family and businesses stay closed. This dichotomy holds true in Lima, where on Christmas Eve, roving street vendors and pop-up street fairs suddenly appear from nowhere in great numbers, eager to showcase the year’s must-have toys and decorations.
It doesn’t matter if your passion is nature, popular art, or ancient cultures- Lima has a museum for you. In fact, the city has close to fifty museums dedicated to safeguarding and shared 3,000 years of Peruvian history. If you only visit one museum during your time in Peru, it’s best to make it one of the museums in Lima, as most cover all of the country’s regions. Which museum should that be? Here are our top picks: