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Miraflores

The most popular of all the districts for tourists and residents alike, Miraflores is known for its beautifully flowered parks, excellent restaurants, hotels, nightlife and high-rise lined Malecón. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and beach area below known as Costa Verde, the Malecón is made up of a string of connected parks and green areas, one of which is the takeoff and landing-area for the …

San Isidro

One of the oldest and wealthiest neighbourhoods in Lima, San Isidro is home to Lima’s Golf and Country Club. Luxury high-rise buildings surround the perimeter of the club giving residents what many consider to be amongst the best views in all of Lima. Of all the districts, San Isidro has the largest number of gorgeous colonial mansions that have stood the test of time. …

Barranco

Referred to as the bohemian district, and recently having been ranked amongst the top 25 hippest neighbourhoods in the world, Barranco is home to many of Peru’s leading artists, musicians, designers and photographers. As the district of the arts, many of Lima’s art museums are located in Barranco. If you are looking for contemporary art, check out Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) on Av. …

Surco

Santiago de Surco, the less commonly used full name of this district, is very large and is made up of several different socio-economic areas. The most expensive, family oriented and perceived to be safest areas in Surco include Chacarilla, Las Casuarinas, and Monterrico, home of the massive U.S. Embassy. Being centrally located and having less humidity than the coastal districts, many families choose Surco …

San Borja

San Borja is a small, upper middle-class district, incorporated in 1983 from sections previously belonging to San Isidro and Surquillo. This newer district, much of which was at one time a massive agricultural hacienda owned by the Jesuits, is really Lima’s only “planned” district. As such San Borja was developed in a relatively ordered manner, uncharacteristic of this very old city. Easily accessible via …

La Molina

Similar to Surco, with it’s wide variance of socio-economic neighbourhoods, La Molina is however, best known for the large and luxurious houses that make up the numerous gated communities. Some of the best, or at least most expensive neighbourhoods are La Planicie, Rinconada, Camacho, Residential Monterrico, and Las Lagunas, where large houses lining the shores of a small lake, make it feel unlike any …