Lima for Kids
Generally Peruvians are very child-friendly. Unfortunately many cities in Peru, especially Lima, are far from that. The lack of adequate infrastructure and child orientated thinking may be the main reasons for that. Anyhow if you have a closer look, you find some great places for children of all ages that make their visit to the capital of Peru an unforgettable adventure. Below find some suggestions on how and where to entertain you kids while staying in Lima.
Be it a visit to one of the numerous museums, a place where you can enjoy the local wildlife, a short stop at a park or playground, a trip to the beach or even a short stay over at one of the family resorts around Lima, you can be sure that your kids (and you) will enjoy their time and have a lot of fun!
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The Parque de las Leyendas is Lima's traditional zoo. But it's much more than that. It is located amidst a big part of Lima's most extensive ancient city and is one of the most important pre-Hispanic complexes at the central Peruvian coast called the Archaeological Complex of Maranga. The park successfully manages to combine ecology, archaeology, education and relaxation.
Opened in 2011 Divercity is a theme park for children between 3 and 13 years of age. It's a city to scale where the children are the citizens (mom and dad can only enter as tourists) and play to be grown-ups. On an area of over 7200m2 the kids find more than 50 attractions where they can "work", learn, have fun and spend their earned Divercity money. Fun and entertainment guaranteed!
Ice skating in Lima? Yes! Since July 2012 Lima has another attraction for kids, teens and young at heart adults: Iceland Park. Located in the district of Jesus Maria just next to Minimundo, the 500 square meter ice skating rink might feel small for spoiled Northerners, but actually it's one of the biggest in whole Latin America and the only one in Peru. Fun guaranteed!
The Parque de la Reserva was originally opened in 1929 to commemorate all the civilian reservists who fought in the defence of Lima during the War of the Pacific. But more than 65 years later Parque de la Reserva became one of Lima's most visited tourist attractions and houses today a water and light show called the Circuito Magico del Agua (The Magic Water Circuit).
Minimundo is Lima in a small format displaying the capital's most important buildings and places as well as a few Peruvian highlights in a miniature version. This mini city is the first one of its kind in Peru and a nice place for a short family visit. The small city in the big metropolis consists of more than 150 model architectural structures and has a population of around 1200 small citizens.
At the end of July 2012 ChocoMuseo opened "La Casa del Chocolate", a museum dedicated to cacao and chocolate, in Lima's district Miraflores. While the main aim is introducing the visitors to the secret of this addicting treat including the history of cacao and the production process, the museum also offers workshops where you can make your own chocolate products. Delicious and fun!
Very interesting and pleasant are rides on the Mirabus. The panoramic buses have two floors. You can enjoy driving through Lima in the air-conditioned inside or go upstairs where you have a real convertible feeling. Relax while the breeze cools you down and the Lima's hectic and chaotic traffic seems far away or better below you. You will have a fantastic panoramic view and an unforgettable time.
Modernized and expanded in 2012 the Parque de la Imaginacion is an interactive "Museum" of Science and Technology. The Imagination Park brought together a nice collection of educational instruments and phenomena allowing the visitors to learn by doing and experiment in areas like electricity, energy, mechanics, science and illusion.
The Museum of Jorge Nicolini shows you the most important exhibition of vintage cars in Peru and South America. The 120 cars, manufactured between 1901 and 1973, have all been restored in the Museums workshop and are now in a perfect running condition. You will find rarities like a Boyer (1901), a Clement (1903), Stutz BB (1928) and many more unique cars.
The Parque de la Amistad is the great park in Santiago de Surco, a popular place with young and old. One of the main attractions is an original steam locomotive from 1926 and the copy of a Spanish Arc, the "Arco de la Amistad". The Friendship Park is a great place to relax in a beautiful surrounding with lots of green and an artificial lagoon.
Founded in 1926, the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The museum features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and a famous erotic archaeological collection.
Enjoy and discover Lima in a completely different way; with a bike tour. The city tours of Bike Tours of Lima cover the most traditional and typical spots of the capital. The tours are carried out away from busy main roads to ensure your safety. The only thing you need to bring is an adventurous spirit. Have a great time!
The Archaeological Complex "Huaca Pucllana" was an Administrative and Ceremonial Center of the Lima Culture, a society that developed at the Peruvian Central Coast between 200 AD and 700 AD. Located in today's district of Miraflores the "Huaca Pucllana" was built around 500 AD. "Pucllana" is one of the most important ancient monuments in Lima.
The National Planetarium is owned by the Geophysical Institute of Peru. Opened in May 2010 it is the largest and most advanced planetarium in Peru offering an inviting and interesting space to learn more about astronomy and our universe. On Sundays the planetarium is open to the public.
The Church and Convent of San Francisco is besides the Cathedral of Lima probably the most significant religious complex in Lima and the most successful and impressive monument of Colonial architecture in whole Latin America. One of the "must-do's" in Lima is a highly recommended tour through the monastery. It gives an impressive inside on how religious life was during Spanish colonial times.
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