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 other place in Lima.
Being accessible to the rest of Lima by only two roads -Javier Prado and Raul Ferrero, the latter of which requires you to drive over a hill, most of La Molina not only feels disconnected from the rest of the city, but in reality this is largely the case.
This separation from the rest of the Metro Lima creates a great option for those who prefer a more tranquil and less dense living environment. In the eyes of many, the big downside of this being the total length of time that it can take to travel to the more central, business areas of Lima during peak traffic.
In terms of climate, it is on average, even drier than Surco, receiving sun pretty much all year as opposed to Miraflores and San Isidro with “La Garúa,” blanketing the skies of these districts for up to 9 months annually.
Additionally similar to Surco, La Molina is home to several of the most highly regarded Catholic and International primary and secondary schools in Lima. Newton College, the Peruvian-Italian Colegio Antonio Raimondi, Villa María La Planicie and La Recoleta are but a few.
La Molina hosts several of Lima’s most exclusive clubs, such as the Rinconada Country Club, La Planicie Country Club, and Club Hebraica, a Jewish-Peruvian organization founded in 1956.
The Jorge Nicolini Car Museum, featuring 120 meticulously restored cars, all manufactured between 1901 and 1973, and considered the most important exhibition of vintage cars in South America, is found in this district on block 37 of Av. La Molina.