On Dec 29th, the Peruvian government announced that February 14th would be public holidays this year, freeing up many couples for some memorable celebrating. If you’ll be traveling on Valentine’s Day, our Valentine’s Day series is for you- first up, Valentine’s Day Lima!
Why is Miraflores such a good choice? This is considered the greenest area in Lima, and besides ample parks and gardens boasts a footpath following along the clifftops of Chorillos overlooking the Pacific Ocean. One obvious stop is the Parque de Amor (Love Park), which opened in Valentine’s Day 1993 and can be instantly recognized by its famous statue of two lovers, The Kiss. Surrounding the statue are brightly tiled walls which some find reminiscent of the work of Antonio Gaudi and which are covered in literary quotes having to do with love. It’s part of the El Malecón six-mile stretch of parks along the clifftops, a great spot for biking. If you care to try something new, just a few minutes from the Parque del Amor is the jump-off site for Parasailing, where you can fly in tandem experienced parasailing guides. Also, as it’s summertime in Lima, and seaside Miraflores is a great place to arrange for a Surfing session or lesson, which range from US$10-$20.
Miraflores also has another of the most famous parks in Lima, Kennedy Park, which is always bustling with people, artists, musicians playing creole music, jugglers, and other street performers. You’ll find both of Pirwa’s hostels in Lima a short walk from Kennedy Park, Pirwa Inclan B&B and Pirwa Prada Backpackers. Not only are we ideally located in what most consider to be the best base from which to explore Lima, Miraflores, but we’re also close to a variety of Valentine’s options!
The neighborhood right next to Miraflores is bohemian Barranco. Here you can dine at Chala, located in Barranco (right next to Miraflores) just under the wooden Bridge of Sighs, another construction which opened on Valentine’s Day, which spans the Bajada de Baños, the stone walkway which descends to the beach. Dining in Chala with a view of the Bridge of Sighs and the ocean even made Time’s list of 10 Things to do in Lima! If Chala’s a no go, don’t fear- the area is packed with restaurants and bars. Finally, if you’re not sure about your relationship, the legend is that if you can walk across the Bridge of Sighs for the first time without taking a breath, your wishes will come true…