About this listing
Versatile, private, spacious; bathroom and kitchen included; independent front door to the street; second floor; good natural light and airing; in the nicest, safest, best area of Lima and of Miraflores itself. Expect to be comfortable and to enjoy your stay with us. The suites are roomy, clean, comfortable, well furnished; have new beds, too. Quality and price are exceptional. 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, wi-fi, cable. The apartment has a newly re-done bathroom with hot water and rainfall ("Spanish") 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), blender, plates, glasses, silverware, cookware.
Additional amenities include wi-fi (wireless internet); 32-inch LCD 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 free, next loads $5 each. 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:
a) Enjoy its gastronomy at the many restaurants scattered all around town.
b) 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.
c) Relax at the several parks and beaches, surf, rent a bike, tandem paraglide, or participate in some sport.
d) Buy good quality alpaca clothing (sweaters, ponchos, ruanas, hats, bags); silver or gold items and antiques; famous brands at good prices at the new, modern malls.
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)--a 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 information, approx: "S/." is symbol for Peruvian Nuevo (New) Sol or PEN; 1.00 USD=S/. 3.20; 1.00 GBP=S/. 4.95; 1.00 EUR=S/. 3.60. Always check bank/internet for up-to-date rates.
You have access to your own keys and an independent front door; one or two rooms depending on your needs, and corresponding bedding; private bathroom, towels, toiletries; private kitchen and appliances; free, unlimited internet connection and Wi-Fi range extender at the back of the apartment; free, unlimited cable TV (70+ channels; some in English); washer and dryer on first floor (first load is free, next loads $5.00 each); a bottle of water each.
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 chat 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 and SMS, are quick ways to stay communicated.
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 Benavides-Juan de la Fuente intersection there are two grocery stores (7 am - 8 pm); a hairdresser & nail salon; a pharmacy; copy and office-supplies store; two newspaper stands; banks (Citi and BCP-Crédito), 24/7 ATMs, legal money changers in front of BCP (better rate than at banks); internet, phone and printing booths (2 blocks on Av Casimiro Ulloa); 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 dishes at acceptable prices; and NO TE RAJES (mexican); then LUCA'S (Block 3 on Juan de la Fuente St), famous for its cakes and 'cremoladas' (crushed-ice fruit 'drinks'). To the right, still on Av Benavides, MAGA, famous for its desserts; and HOLLYS, a good coffee shoppe one block far (a copy of their brochure is in a desk drawer).
A block away is TRATTORIA DON VITO, a good italian restaurant for pastas and pizzas on Martín Dulanto Street; two blocks from us is LA PREFERIDA, good fish and seafood restaurant on Ramón Ribeyro St; three blocks, 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. Gastón´s "La Mar" (Mon-Sun, 12pm-5pm), "La Red," "Pescados Capitales," "Wasabi," "Embarcadero 41," "Juez y Parte," and others can be found here.
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$16), at Enrique León García 114 (between blocks 3 and 4 off Av Canadá), Santa Catalina, (01)470-6217. And famous "Astrid y Gastón," at Casa Hacienda Moreyra, Avenida Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro, (01)242-5387, (01)243-2574--you can make reservations via the internet.
1. EAST OF CASA MIRAFLORES:
-Towards Av Benavides-Av Panama (now Roosevelt) intersection.
As mentioned above, one block away is HOLLYS; one more block, pizza to-go/eat-in: DOMINO'S/TELEPIZZA; same block, opposite corner, oriental specialties: PANDA (not the American place); 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: KAM-MEN, prepares Chinese-Peruvian fusion dishes.
The supermarket 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; three ATMs; travel agency.
At this intersection, you'll also find a gas station with a 24-hour convenience store, 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 go to the commercial-financial center, you may walk 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 and get down at Av Larco-Calle Shell bus stop, and walk two blocks West to Av Diagonal, take the Línea Azul (Blue Line) bus, pay S/. 1.20 PEN--always have cash ready.
Still on Av Benavides, on your way to Av Larco, three blocks from here, there is famous STARBUCKS--on Av Diagonal, too--and sandwich store SUBWAY; next, a good peruvian roast chicken restaurant: PARDO'S CHICKEN; and, as you keep going, you'll find other supermarkets like 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 before reaching Av. Larco: take a right North off Av. Benavides.
At Av Benavides-Av Larco intersection you'll find a Tourist Information booth--symbol ' i '--where you can get brochures for 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 the throbbing, vigorous city.
If from 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, 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/dine at fine restaurants: a) At sea level: Costa Verde, Cala, La Rosa Náutica; b) 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 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. Watch your belongings! Never hang your handbag or others on the back of the chair...I use a carabiner to attach my handbag at 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 Benavides Ave, get 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.
Other Things to Note
- February: Carnival celebrations in the mayority of the Regions; most famous ones are those in Puno and Cajamarca.
- March/April: Holy Week celebrations in all the Regions (the religious and mundane intertwine).
- April-November (better months): Inca Trail Hike, 2- and 4-day tours; Cuzco District, Cuzco Region.
- June 26: "Inti Raymi"--Festival of the Sun; Cuzco District, Cuzco Region.
- July-August: "Feria del Hogar"; Chorrillos District, Lima Region.
- July 28 (and 29): Independence Day(s)--Presidential Speech; Military Display; a variety of activities, such as fairs, circuses, tours--in several districts of Lima and in the Regions.
- September 04-13: "Mistura"--Peruvian Food Fair, Costa Verde, Magdalena District, Lima Region (opportunity to taste the vast assortment of Peruvian food and drink, and to buy Peruvian produce and products).
-October: International meetings of the World Bank and of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
WEATHER: Opposite to the Northern Hemisphere. Right now it is Winter (July, Aug, Sep), between 18-28 °C / 68-82 °F, sunny and cloudy days, can get cold at night, light rain if any.
"RESERVATION" and "DESCRIPTION": Please read them, and bring the RESERVATION along with you, or write, or save the info some place for CASA MIRAFLORES complete address, 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 to find things. We can discuss it once you are here, too. There is a printed copy of the "Description" in one of the 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 close.
CHECK IN / CHECK OUT: To avoid overlapping, we have a fixed schedule now; nevertheless, if there are no guests that day, we can adapt to your schedule and/or keep your luggage if your flight arrives before, or leaves after, check-in / check-out times; or if you go to Cuzco and then come back to Lima.
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 (Taxi Green) from the counter/desk inside the airport; find it on your way out after luggage pick-up, pass glass doors; no matter what time it is, pay S/. 50.00 PEN / $16.00 USD approx--have cash ready. There is a money exchange office near; and no tipping (don't spoil them, 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 and pets are not allowed.
- Wet towels and wet clothing are hung to dry--we provide a rack.
- Mats, dish, or tray for glasses and bottles keep surfaces free of mars. Find a tray on top of refrigerator.
- Turn lights and electric appliances off if not using them.
- Line trash cans with plastic bags; find in last drawer in kitchen.
- No solids go through kitchen sink, use trash can in kitchen--no garbage disposals in the country. Garbage truck passes by everyday at 8 pm; if you are not going to be there by then, take bag out earlier. Also, there is a green trash canister stand at the corner of our street and Av Benavides.
- No solids go through toilet, use trash can in bathroom--paper and others don't go through the pipes. Garbage truck passes by everyday at 8 pm; if you are not going to be there by then, take bag out earlier. Also, there is a green trash canister stand at the corner of our street and Av Benavides.
THANK YOU FOR CARING!
About the Host, Isabel
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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