Lima by Night
If you feel you don’t have time to see the entire city of Lima, don’t worry! You can also see the city at night, and give your visit an extra romantic touch.
In the heart of Miraflores, Huaca Pucllana
Huaca Pucllana is a magical place. Surrounded by modern buildings, this ancient pyramid transports visitors to another time. It was built by the Lima culture, which developed on Peru’s central coast from 200 AD to 700 AD. They appear to have occupied Huaca Pucllana during their late phase, from around 400 AD. Pucllana was a ceremonial site. The lower section would have been a public space, and here it is possible to see how ordinary people lived their lives during the period when the pyramid itself was a restricted area reserved for rituals and ceremonies. At night, visitors can wander around the series of plazas, terraces and interconnected chambers. For safety reasons, the nighttime circuit does not include a visit to the top of the Great Pyramid; however, the views of the illuminated structure are beautiful and quite mystical. After the tour, visitors can enjoy a drink or something to eat at the adjacent restaurant. There is a view of the Huaca from the bar.
Nighttime service: Wednesday to Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Entrance: S/15 Peruvian soles
Address: General Borgoño block 8, Miraflores / huacapucllanamiraflores.pe
The restaurant is open until midnight / resthuacapucllana.com
Bookings: (01) 4454042
A short trip from downtown Lima, the Magical Water Circuit (Circuito Mágico del Agua)
When night falls, there is a place in the center of Lima where you can escape the noise of the city and experience a darkness filled with magic and poetry. The Magical Water Circuit is a series of 12 ornamental, cybernetic and interactive fountains, set in a tree-filled park where the old fountains have also been restored. Visitors can step into some of the fountains (there’s one for children, too) and play in the water. And you shouldn’t miss the Tunnel of Surprises or forget to visit the far side of the park, where there are more fountains and a subterranean passage. Three times every night the Fantasy Fountains, in the middle of the park, dance to the rhythm of a sound and light show, at 7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. If you’re looking for peace and tranquility, avoid visiting the fountains during weekends and public holidays, when visitor numbers are high. The experience is even more enjoyable during the summer months.
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Entrance: S/ Peruvian 4 soles
Address: Parque de la Reserva / circuitomagicodelagua.com.pe
By bus you can see the city in 3 hours
If you don’t like the noise and pollution of big cities, check out this option. During the day you can quietly check out the Malecón de Miraflores promenade, the loveliest and greenest walk in the capital, with views of the Pacific Ocean. You can continue your walk by exploring the Barranco district, once the capital’s most popular resort. And at 7:00 p.m. you can board the “Lima by Night” bus that leaves from Larcomar. Wrap up warm and sit on the open top deck. The bus passes Huaca Pucllana and heads along Avenida Petit Thouars, where passengers will learn about the heroic actions of that admiral during the War of the Pacific. The bus stops to allow passengers to visit the Magical Water Circuit (entrance fees are included). From here, the bus passes through Plaza San Martín, with its brightly-lit and impeccably white facades. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Plaza de Armas, surrounded by the city’s most emblematic monumental buildings and the elegant Desemparados Station (this former train station is now a cultural center). The bus fare includes a snack at the Sheraton Hotel. You will be back in Miraflores by around 10:00 p.m.
Cost: US$25.00 for adults and US$14.00 for children (aged between 3 and 7 years).
Tickets are available online or onboard.
Starting point: Larcomar / City Sightseeing