A Chill Layover in Miraflores in Lima

Sometimes a long layover in a place seems like a great idea at the time of booking but later takes on the “Aghhhh why did I do this?!” toll.  To save a buck, or two hundred, I opted for a layover in Lima whilst on my way from Guayaquil to Bogota.  I had already had a crazy layover and cancellation in Quito on my way to Ecuador in the first place.  The layover was nearly twenty hours long and yes, I am fully aware of the inconvenience of the location when looking at a map.  

But two hundred dollars is two hundred dollars.  And Lima was always high on my list because everyone told me it wasn’t worth my time (I tend to like the places that others don’t like).  And while Machu Pichu is something I want to see, I am not completely sure how to avoid the crowds at Machu Pichu and as a claustrophobic person, this can be a bit concerning!  Besides, not all of the best hikes in Peru are around Machu Pichu and I am more of a city person, anyway.

What I didn’t prepare for upon arrival to Lima was a) being so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open, and b) my being stuck in a sketchy part of Guayaquil gave me the urge to go somewhere I deemed the complete opposite.  So, naturally, I disembarked from the plane and caught a cab to touristy, upscale, and affluent Miraflores.

Miraflores in Lima, Peru

Dazzler Hotel in Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Miraflores in Lima, Peru

With a dead phone battery and a camera stuck in my suitcase in airport luggage, I decided to spend the early morning at the beach and soak up some Peruvian sun.  I quickly learned that while the beaches may look reminiscent to the beautiful beaches of California, the sun was more reminiscent to that of Michigan; it pops out every so often just to give you severe wardrobe remorse and confusion and then gradually makes its way back behind the clouds.  Okay, so I was there in August, but I have read it is not the sunniest place in South America.  Clearly, I didn’t know what to pack for Peru.  I have no photos of the beaches of Miraflores, but if I did, perhaps they would look a little bit like this:


<photo courtesy of Belmond>

After spending the morning at the beach admiring the vastness of the Pacific, I went into the city a bit more and got coffee, breakfast, and did a little bit of winter shopping (I was poorly prepared for Bogota’s weather and that was next on my itinerary).

Breakfast in Miraflores in Lima, Peru

Miraflores in Lima, Peru
Miraflores in Lima, Peru

Miraflores in Lima, Peru

Parque Kennedy in Lima, Peru

<the lush Parque Kennedy in Miraflores>

Cusquena Beer in Miraflores in Lima, Peru
cafe in Miraflores in Lima, Peru

Miraflores in Lima, Peru

I ended up spending most of the day in parks, cafes, and sticking to a very small circumference of an area in fear that I may have a challenge getting a credible cab service later in the day.  And, naturally, I couldn’t leave Lima without getting my hands on some of their renowned ceviche.  I still salivate when thinking about how delicious the food I had that day was.

Ceviche at Hotel Dazzler in Miraflores in Lima, Peru

To sum things up, Miraflores was exactly the chill layover I needed it to be.  I ate well, shopped, had a few beers, and chatted with locals and expats both.  I have never had a huge desire to venture along the tourist trail to Cusco or Machu Picchu (never say never…), but I’d go back to Lima or use it as a base in a heartbeat.  And hopefully one day I will be able to write and share photos of another neighborhood in South America’s fourth most populous metropolis.

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I spent a day in Miraflores in Lima while on a layover and it was exactly the chilled day I needed it to be.

Comments (4)

I make that mistake too! My friend and I had a 5 hour layover in Moscow, and since we had both been there we knew exactly what we wanted to do. However, when planning, we didn’t take into account that it would take and hour to and from the airport. Of course we were also flying into the furthest of the 4 airports from the city. We ended up just drinking beer in the airport. Not all a waste.

Twenty hours is long, but usually if I have less than 10 I look to see what the airport offers. Seoul is amazing. I went on two transit touts there.

at least you had a russian visa where you could do that :) when i had a 24 hour layover there (maybe i should write about that someday soon) i had to get a visa to get out of the airport. seriously the best 160 bucks (or whatever it was) spent ever.

i need to get to seoul :( i want to eat the entire city.

Love this story. We just had a semi-eventful long layover (only 8 hours tho) in Taipei. But instead of exploring, as was in the original plan, we bought lounge access and watched Taiwanese dramas on repeat. Just as valid of an experience, I think.

I’ve never been to South America – I think Colombia will be first on my list as I’m not super into the Gringo, er, Inca trail scene so much. But there’s also Paraguay and Suriname, so…

Are we going to be able to have a beer in FRA in September? (I’ve decided beer on vacations is like red meat, a cultural necessity)

im going off on a tangent right now, but i watched a taiwanese teen film at a taiwanese tourism board event in oslo and it was one of the best indulgences ive ever partaken in. i would have loved to have done what yall did in taipei.

and of course we will meet up in september. pending germany doesnt deport me first. but youll know quickly whether or not that happens ;)

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