If, unlike us, you are not staying in Miraflores, this is worth a couple of hours by taxi that we did anyway, for a price of $40, arranged by our hotel. It is much the nicest area of Lima that we saw, although parts of it are as drab and dirty as the rest of the city.The beachfront is the most impressive. It is here that you will find the 5-star hotels and the luxury condos and rental apartments. As it was winter, the beaches themselves were deserted, but the sea was braved by quite a few surfers, and the waves were enormously dangerous-looking at times. They are separated from the rest of Miraflores by a very high cliff, and you have to access the narrow coastal road to get to them and the piers on which stand some typical beach-entertainment as well as a number of up-market fish restaurants. Up top, the scene is exciting and colourful. It has many parks, most dramatic of which is the Love Park that contains the large dramatic sculpture, "The Kiss". Just South of that, the cliff becomes the grassy Costa Verde which is taken over by hang-gliders who bob and weave in the windy sky above. There is an area for public concerts containing a cute bandstand, La Concha, and two remarkable fountains, El Ovalo and La Pileta, embellish the cliff-side promenades. There are other attractive parks to enjoy, including Kennedy Park alongside the sea, and Central Park further inland. The celebrated pre-Inca ruins of Huaca Puclana are situated in Miraflores, and runnng back from the sea are some delightful narrow streets lined with bars, cafes and restaurants, such as El Suche. The further East you go ( away from the Ocean), the duller the streets become, but a huge ravine separates the two sections; it is crossed by a series of bridges and viaducts, and indeed the road network of Miraflores represents some excellent examples of urban engineering. You would need to be very stuffy if you failed to enjoy this dynamic district.
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