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Lima’s scenic clifftop walkway

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 13-01-2022

This coastal path, which stretches for almost 10 km, consists of three connected sections along the Pacific-edge of Miraflores, one of Lima’s upscale districts and a popular base for foreign tourists to Lima and indeed Peru. 

Aereal view of the Malecón

The “Malecón de Miraflores” is just one of the many parks along the coast, with paths that run along the upper edge of the cliff of the Costa Verde that belongs to the district of Miraflores. It features 2 of the most popular Lima attractions which are Larco Mar shopping complex, built into the cliff face and the “Parque del Amor” where couples meet up to share a romantic moment or two. These are the main attractions along this coastal network of different, individual parks and each park is unique in its own way. They are undoubtedly worth a visit if you are staying in Lima for any length of time. The sea views make a pleasant change from the typical city skylines of lima, that’s for sure! This is also a popular haunt for joggers, rollerbladers, skaters and cyclists as well as families out to get some fresh sea air.  

The other main point of interest is “El Faro” or The lighthouse, which is the most famous lighthouse in Peru and is unavoidable along this coastal pathway …. definitely worth a visit. It stands at a mere 21 metres, but it is a standout feature along the coastal route with its bright blue and white stripes.  

El Faro with surrounding paragliders

For the more adventurous, the Malecón is the spot to try your hand at some paragliding. You can soar above the waves and take in a whole new perspective of Lima’s coastline. You can go with an instructor if this is your first time and the afternoons are the most popular time to do this activity, due to better weather conditions.  

Whatever your travel plans may be, there is always something of interest along this coastal strip which can only add to your experience and adventure in Peru.