About this listing
Centrally located; private; spacious; one or two rooms: main room has new queen bed; second room, new full bed; hot water in bathroom and kitchen; independent front door to street; second floor; good natural light and airing; nicest, safest, best area of Lima and of Miraflores itself; close to very good restaurants, "menu" stores, banks, coffee shoppes, bars, Parque (Park) Kennedy, Larcomar (shopping and entertainment center), historic sites, profuse transportation.
Expect to be comfortable and to enjoy your stay with us. The suites are roomy, clean, comfortable, well furnished; have new beds, too. Ours is a residential area, slowly turning semi-residential because we are a few steps from Av Benavides, a backbone avenue--your reference street when you are here.
The apartment can accommodate up to four persons. The main suite has a new queen bed, and is open as part of the structure. The other suite has a new full bed and its own door--available when the group requires it. We only rent to one person, one couple, one group of two, three or four at a time--bathroom and kitchen are only shared with your group. Utilities, toiletries, cleaning services, taxes and fees are included; there are no additional or hidden charges.
We provide bedding (sheets, blankets, comforters), towels, toiletries, detergent, free wi-fi and cable. The apartment has a newly re-done bathroom with hot water and rainfall shower head; well-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave oven, double-burner table stove, electric steel kettle, French coffee press, toaster (plug in half-way only), plates, glasses, silverware, cookware.
Additional amenities include wi-fi (wireless internet); 32-inch TV (70+ cable channels, some in English); alarm clock-radio; fans; hair dryer; writing desk; closet with hangers, iron and iron board; and, on the first floor, washer and dryer--first load is complimentary, next loads $5 each. If you are not bringing your phone, we can lend you an 'antique' mobile phone: useful enough to call a taxi, friend, restaurant, me; or send messages; minimum charge S/. 3.00 PEN at supermarkets and neighborhood stores. In general, if you need a specific item, please ask, maybe we can get it for you.
We love it that we are in the best area of Miraflores, at walking distance to assorted good restaurants and coffee shoppes, well-supplied supermarkets, a variety of stores, places of interest, banks and ATMs. Check "Guidebook."
PERU, WORLD TRAVEL AWARD 2014:
- Leading Cultural Destination
- Leading Heritage Destination
- Leading Culinary Destination
THE CITIES OF MIRAFLORES AND LIMA.
When you decide to visit South America, the pretty cities of Miraflores and Lima should be your first consideration. Various activities are always taking place here, apart from the opportunity to:
- Learn about Peruvian history through: the many museums (Larco Museum, Av Simón Bolívar 1515, Pueblo Libre district, is popular among visitors); religious spots (Iglesia de San Francisco, in downtown Lima, is another favourite); Inca, Colonial and Contemporary architecture.
- Relax: at the several parks and beaches, surf, rent a bike, tandem paraglide, or participate in some sport, like tennis.
- Buy: good quality alpaca clothing (sweaters, ponchos, ruanas, hats, bags); silver or gold items; antiques; famous brands at good prices at the new, modern malls.
- Enjoy: its gastronomy at the many restaurants scattered all around town; a pleasant climate.
Lima's historic center is to the North. The Metropolitano (surface metro) Av Benavides Station is two blocks away. It will take you to downtown Lima in less than half an hour for S/. 2.00 PEN plus the card, which you can buy at the Station--suitable if you’ll take more than two/three trips--it can get crowded, though; otherwise, a taxi (checkers along the sides and plate number printed on the back doors) is cheap enough: there are no meters, agree on the price before you step in.
At dusk, on your way back from downtown Lima, you may want to enjoy marvelous Parque de las Aguas / Circuito Mágico del Agua (Magic Water Circuit) at Parque de la Reserva (Av Arequipa, Block 10)--two-in-one large park with assorted fountains, about a dozen of them, combining water, light and sound in Jesús María district--halfway between Lima and Miraflores. It holds a Guinness Record.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR VISIT.
PERU HAS MORE TO OFFER!
*Financial info, approx: "S/" is symbol for Peruvian Sol or PEN; 1.00 USD=S/. 3.46; 1.00 EUR=S/. 3.60; 1.00 GBP=S/. 5.00+. Always check bank/internet for up-to-date rates.
You have access to an independent front door to the street; one or two rooms and corresponding bedding; private bathroom, towels, toiletries; private kitchen and appliances; free, unlimited internet connection and Wi-FI; free, unlimited cable TV (70+ channels; some in English); washer and dryer are on the first floor (first load is complimentary, other loads $5.00); a bottle of water for each guest.
We have done our best to provide the place with all you might need. If you require an item, or have problems with one, please let us know immediately to do something about it--guest satisfaction is our main concern.
Interaction with Guests
We interact the most when Guest first arrives: to show him/her around the apartment, discuss the neighborhood, give advice, answer concerns. If we find each other on the street, we stop and talk a bit. Guests are usually limited on time, and we respect that. If you are willing to have a chat, though, we are available. E-mail through Airbnb, mobile phone calls, SMS, (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), are quick ways to communicate.
A very nice, gated park, Parque Reducto 2, with Wi-Fi connection, is less than a block away--open 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Several activities take place here: one that might interest you is the Organic Market set up on Saturdays, 8:00 am-2:00 pm.
Around Av Benavides-Juan de la Fuente intersection there are two grocery stores (7 am - 8 pm); a pharmacy; copy and office-supplies store; two newspaper stands; hairdresser & nail salon; BCP bank (Banco de Crédito) with a 24/7 ATM; legal money exchangers in front of BCP (better rate than at banks); internet, phone and printing booths (no sign outside the buiding) on Block 13 of Av Benavides, 2nd floor; and, at the corner, access to profuse public transportation.
Across the street, to the left on Av Benavides, you'll find three eat-in/carry-out eateries: SMUTIS and SANDWICH, local menu dishes at acceptable prices; and NO TE RAJES (mexican); to the right, still on Av Benavides, MAGA, famous for its desserts. Then LUCA'S (Block 3 on Juan de la Fuente St), famous for its cakes and 'cremoladas' (crushed-ice fruit drinks).
A block away West is TRATTORIA DON VITO, a good italian restaurant for pastas and pizzas on Martín Dulanto Street; then, two blocks from us is LA PREFERIDA, good fish and seafood restaurant on Ramón Ribeyro St; next, three blocks East, KAM-MEN, a good "chifa" (Chinese-Peruvian fusion restaurant) on Av Panamá (now Av Roosevelt).
The restaurants and eateries mentioned above are the ones closest to the apartment on a three-block radius; and are very good, too. Restaurants are not all on one street or one area--they are disseminated around Miraflores. At lunch time, restaurants usually open from 12 m-3pm; at dinner time, from 6pm-10pm.
Lately, many fish and seafood restaurants (cevicherías) are now on La Mar St: from Ovalo Miraflores, go West along Av Pardo to Ovalo Ramón Ribeyro, then to La Mar Street. Here you'll find Gastón´s "La Mar" (Mon-Sun, 12pm-5pm), "La Red," "Pescados Capitales," "Wasabi," "Embarcadero 41," "Juez y Parte," and others.
If you are looking for a particular restaurant, you might need to take a taxi; and a few require a one- or two-week ahead reservation, such as: "Chez Wong," Javier Wong's restaurant (not the supermarket), recognized as the best ceviche in Perú, S/. 50 (US$15), at Enrique León García 114 (between blocks 3 and 4 off Av Canadá), Santa Catalina District, ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN); and famous "Astrid y Gastón," at Casa-Hacienda Moreyra, Av Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro, ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Reservations can be made via the internet.
1. EAST OF CASA MIRAFLORES:
-Towards Av Benavides-Av Panama (now Roosevelt) intersection.
One block away, pizza to-go/eat-in: DOMINO'S/TELEPIZZA; same block, opposite corner, oriental specialties: PANDA (not the American place; now closed for remodeling); next block, a well-supplied supermarket: WONG, carries local and international products, open 7am-12:00am; half a block on Av Panama (now Av Roosevelt), the Chifa restaurant mentioned above: KAM-MEN, Chinese-Peruvian fusion dishes.
At this supermarket you can either pay with Peruvian soles or US dollars. The market includes a bakery with a variety of fresh breads and pastries, deli area, fruit-juice bar, salad bar, cut fruits and vegetables (whole fruits are not quite ripe), and ripe avocados on a separate shelf; coffee and refreshments, rolls, sandwiches, empanadas; to-go peruvian dishes including ceviches and tiraditos; peruvian roast chicken; ice-cream on a cone; international brands; three-meal food court on the second floor (open until 10:00 pm). Other areas include wine and liquor (pay purchase before 11:00 pm); electronics; toys; stationary; free gift-wrapping; fresh flowers; travel agency; three ATMs.
At this intersection, you'll also find a gas station with a 24-hour convenience store; and close by, other banks, other chifas, a small casino, an emergency hospital, many small businesses.
Three streets East, still on Av. Benavides, you'll find popular American franchises, and several local restaurants--many of which have locales on Av Larco.
2. WEST OF CASA MIRAFLORES:
-Towards Av Benavides-Av Larco intersection.
To walk to the commercial-financial center, it will take you six blocks West along Av Benavides to Av Larco; or take a 'micro' [meekro], a mini bus, for S/ 1.00 PEN* to Av Larco, Parque Kennedy, or Ovalo Miraflores. To go to Larcomar, walk South another six blocks along Av Larco; or take a mini bus: get down at Av Larco-Calle Shell bus stop, walk two blocks West to Av Diagonal, take the Línea Azul (Blue Line) bus and pay S/ 1.20 PEN--always have cash ready.
Still on Av Benavides, three blocks from here and on your way West to Av Larco, there is famous STARBUCKS coffee shoppe (a partner store is on Av Diagonal); next to it is the sandwich store SUBWAY; then, a good peruvian roast chicken restaurant: PARDO'S CHICKEN. As you keep going West, you'll find other supermarkets such as METRO and VIVANDA; then, two large casinos: FIESTA and ATLANTIC CITY.
If you are looking for 925 silver or silver-plated items and/or assorted antiques, you'll find them on Av. La Paz; this hub is two blocks North before reaching Av. Larco.
At Av Benavides-Av Larco intersection you'll find a Tourist Information booth--symbol " i "--where you can get brochures for some tours and free maps. Three blocks North on Av Larco, you'll find Miraflores and Kennedy Parks: here you may buy tickets for day and/or night sightseeing tours on the "Mirabus," a two-story open bus; and tickets for in, around, and out-of Lima attractions.
Other stores in this area include assorted banks; travel agencies; bars; cafés; peruvian as well as international, fish, oriental, and italian cuisines; bookstores (Mario Vargas Llosa is our Nobel prize for Literature); Calle de las Pizzas (pedestrian street with pizza and beer restaurants--very busy in the evenings); boutiques, theaters, art exhibitions, casinos, discos/clubs, Peruvian handcrafts and paintings (hub is on Av Petit Thouars, one block East from Av Larco-Ovalo Miraflores intersection), connections to the Pacific Ocean (surfing is a major sport; Sofia Mulanovich our world champion), and many more places and activities that mark a throbbing, vigorous city.
If at Av Larco you keep going down Av Benavides, you'll get to Bajada Balta: both a pedestrian and car route to go down to the sea level boardwalk (malecón). Or, if you cross Bajada Balta and take a left along Malecón Balta, you'll get to Parque del Amor, which overlooks the ocean--if you're lucky, you'll see the sunset!
Six blocks South from Av Benavides-Av Larco intersection is Larcomar, a shopping and recreation center facing the Pacific Ocean: you'll find day and night activities, top-notch boutiques, world-famous brands and retailers, bars, restaurants, fast foods, a small supermarket, bowling alleys, movie theaters, discos/clubs.
Along the two promenades or boardwalks (malecón), at land and sea levels, you can go down to the beaches, walk or jog along the shores, surf or take surfing lessons; enjoy paragliding (parapente; about US$60.00 ph); learn how to slackline/slowline; play tennis; rent a bike; enjoy the many parks facing the ocean, such as Parque Salazar (where Larcomar is), Parque del Amor, Parque Maria Reich, others; lunch/dinne at fine restaurants: 1) At sea level: Costa Verde, Cala, La Rosa Náutica; 2) At land level: El Señorío de Sulco, Franceso, La Vista, Costanera 700.
3. ARCHEOLOGIAL SITES / MUSEUMS: Pre-Inca huacas, which include small site museums, are other touristic centres.
In Miraflores district, there is Huaca Pucllana (500 AD), 800 General Borgoño St, North-West of us; open Wed-Mon, 9 am-5 pm; has a first-class restaurant within the premises, Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, and another one across it, Bodega de la Trattoria.
In San Isidro district, our upscale neighbour to the North, there is Huaca Huallamarca (220 AD), pyramid shape construction, corner of Av El Rosario-Choquehuanca St.
In Pueblo Libre district, Museo Larco, Av Simón Bolívar 1515; Mon-Sun, 9 am-10 pm.
In Surco district, there are two museums in one: Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) and Museo de Armas (Weapons of the World Museum), Jr. Alonso de Molina 1100, between blocks 18 and 19 off Av Primavera, Monterrico. It has Pre-Hispanic treasures, that include gold pieces, fine textiles and fine pottery.
In downtown Lima, check the internet, or our printed info and brochures in the desk drawers.
In Barranco, read next section.
5. BARRANCO DISTRICT
South of us is the small district of Barranco, a quaint colonial bohemian town with its famous Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs); Museo Pedro de Osma (Av Pedro de Osma 421-423); a belvedere to the ocean; a nice place to savor 'anticuchos' and 'picarones' (building halfway on the stairs as you go down to the Bridge); handmade, inexpensive jewelry; paintings from local artists; a very active night life: bars, discos, peña shows: typical dances at enclosed locales, such as, La Candelaria (292 Av Bolognesi), and La Dama Juana (230 Av Panamá, merges with Av Panamá/Roosevlet in Miraflores), stand-up comedy, and others. Always watch your belongings! Never hang your handbag on the back of a chair. I use a carabiner to attach my handbag on the chair next to me, where I can see it.
Guests usually walk around Miraflores district to get the feeling of the city. Nevertheless, there is profuse public transportation in our area: you may stop a taxi at the corner, catch a mini bus or bus to go East or West along Av Benavides, hop in the surface metro (Metropolitano) two blocks West, or even rent a bike for an hour or the whole day. There are walking and bike tours around Miraflores, also. We do not recommend that you rent a car: taxis are cheap enough, you'll get to your destination quicklier, parking is complicated.
Other Things to Note
- February: Carnival celebrations in the majority of the Regions; famous ones are those in Cajamarca, Cajamarca Region (Feb 6-10); Rioja, San Martin Region (Feb 20-25); Ayacucho, Ayacucho Region (Feb 6-10); Puno, Puno Region (Feb 6-15).
- March/April: Holy Week celebrations in all the Regions (the religious and the mundane intertwine).
- April-November (better months): Inca Trail Hike, 2- and 4-day tours; Cuzco, Cuzco Region.
- June 26: Inti Raymi Festival of the Sun; Cuzco, Cuzco Region.
- July-August: "Feria del Hogar"; Chorrillos, Lima Region--to be confirmed.
- July 28 (and 29): Independence Day(s)--Presidential Speech; Military Display; and a variety of activities, such as fairs, circuses, tours--in several districts of Lima and in the rest of the country.
- September: Mistura Peruvian Food Fair, Costa Verde, Magdalena, Lima Region (opportunity to taste the vast assortment of Peruvian food and drink, and to buy Peruvian produce and products).
WEATHER: Opposite to the Northern Hemisphere. In general, we say there are only two seasons: summer and winter; spring and fall go by unnoticed.
"RESERVATION" and "DESCRIPTION": Please read them; and bring the RESERVATION info along with you: for CASA MIRAFLORES complete address and specific directions (in case taxi driver is not familiar with the route), mobile number, email address, Airbnb numbers, and other details.
The DESCRIPTION will give you a pretty good idea of what, where, and how. We can go over it once you are here, too. There is a printed copy of the "Description" in one of the two desk drawers. And, please check the internet to find useful info on any subject about Peru.
LATE NIGHT ARRIVAL: If you arrive late at night and are hungry, see that you eat-in or buy to-go at the airport food-court on the second floor; stores in our area will be closed.
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT: To avoid overlapping, we have a fixed schedule now; nevertheless, depending on the situation, we can adapt to your schedule, or keep some of your luggage if you go to Cuzco.
AIRPORT. It is the most modern in South America, and about a 30-minute ride to our place. We recommend you take a registered taxi (like Taxi Green) from the counter/desk inside the airport. Find their office on your way out after luggage pick-up, pass glass doors; no matter what time it is, pay S/ 60.00 PEN / $20.00 USD--there is a money exchange office near. Have exact cash ready, and no tipping (don't spoil drivers, please). We do tip at restaurants though, 10% if not included on the bill--ask at the front desk or check the bill yourself.
We'd be more than grateful if you please keep in mind that:
- Smoking, pets, parties and overnight visitors are not allowed.
- Wet towels and wet clothing are hung to dry--we provide a rack.
- To keep surfaces free of mars, use mats (on table) or tray (on top of refrigerator) for glasses and bottles.
- Line trash cans with plastic bags; find in bottom drawer in kitchen.
- No solids go through kitchen sink, use trash can--no garbage disposals in the country.
- No solids go through toilet, use trash can--paper and others don't go through the pipes.
- Garbage truck passes by everyday at 8 pm; we get a ticket if garbage bag is out at other times. If you are not going to be there by then, throw smaller bags into green container at the corner at any time.
THANK YOU FOR CARING!
I am Isabel and lucky to live in Miraflores, one of the prettiest, safest, and most nearly international city in Lima. I have an apartment with a room or two that you can enjoy while you visit with us. I like to help people, care about your being comfortable, and see that you enjoy a happy stay.
I am a retired teacher--and amateur tennis player--and, in general, I like to stay at home. Once in a while, though, I enjoy walking around the commercial areas in Miraflores, San Isidro, Surco; visit the malls and do a little shopping; enjoy lunch at different restaurants (peruvian, italian and chinese are among my favourites); ride along the promenades; traveling. I also enjoy art, decoration, and architecture: at the present moment, I am helping an aunt with the subdivision of a large house into four smaller apartments.
I have visited most of the countries in South America; lived in the States for about six years; visited Canada; and, adding all months up, lived in London, England, for up to a year. I have also traveled around Continental and Eastern Europe, including Egypt. Would like to go to Thailand, India, China, Japan.
I stay informed by reading articles in the internet, listening to the radio, watching the news at night, sending and receiving emails. Other activities I spend time with is visiting family and friends, reading a borrowed magazine or book, listening to oldies, and, lately, keeping the apartment in tip-top condition.
Traveling around has helped me realize the importance of having a nice, clean, fresh room to rest in after 'a hard day´s day.'
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