CASA MIRAFLORES (Lima, Peru)

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Juan de la Fuente Street, Miraflores, Lima Region 15047, Peru

The Space

CASA MIRAFLORES
Versatile, independent, private, one- or two-bedroom apartment; front door; second floor; good natural light and airing; in the nicest, safest, best area of Lima. Can accommodate up to four persons in two separate rooms. The main bedroom has a new queen bed, and is open as part of the apartment. The other bedroom 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--no sharing, no additional or hidden fees either.

We provide bedding, towels, toiletries, detergent. The apartment has a newly redone bathroom with hot water and Spanish-shower head; well-equipped kitchen with microwave oven, double-burner stove, refrigerator, French coffee press, electric steel kettle, toaster oven, blender, plates, glasses, silverware, cookware; Wi-Fi/internet connection, 32-inch LSD TV with cable, alarm clock-radio, writing desk, fans, hair dryer, iron, washer and dryer--if you need sth specific, please ask, maybe we have it.

We love it that we are close to everything. Expect to be comfortable and to enjoy your stay with us. Ours is a residential area, slowly turning semi-residential because we are a few steps away from Av. Benavides, a "backbone" avenue--your reference street when you are here.

THE CITY OF LIMA
When you decide to visit South America, the pretty city of Lima should be your first consideration. Various activities are always taking place, apart from the opportunity of enjoying its gastronomy; or learning about its history through the many museums, religious spots, Inca and colonial architecture; or relaxing at one of the several beaches close by.

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.

At dusk, on your way back from downtown Lima, you may want to enjoy Parque de las Aguas, or Circuito Mágico del Agua, at Parque de la Reserva (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!
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*Financial information: "S/." is symbol for Peruvian Sol (PEN); 1.00 USD=S/. 2.80; 1.00 GBP=S/. 4.15; 1.00 EUR=S/. 3.40. Always check bank, internet for up-to-date rates.
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Guest Access

Guest has access to an independent front door, private bathroom, private kitchen, unlimited internet connection, unlimited cable TV, washer and dryer (one free load per stay). If you need sth else, or are not satisfied with an item, please let us know to see if we can do sth about it (don't wait till you're gone to complain)--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 and 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 and cell phone are other ways of keeping communication going.

The Neighborhood

A very nice, gated park (Parque Reducto 2), also with Wi-Fi, 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 to 2:00 pm.

A few steps on and around our intersection you'll find three eateries (eat-in and carry-out; one is mexican), a good italian restaurant (01 block), a good fish restaurant (02 blocks), two grocery stores, copy and office-supplies store, internet and printing booth (2.5 blocks), pharmacy, two newspaper stands, 24/7 ATMs, banks, legal money changers (better price), access to profuse public transportation.

a) TO THE EAST: Av Benavides-Av Panama (now Av. Roosevelt, though not well known as such) intersection.
One block to the East you'll find a good coffee shop with wi-fi; one more block, pizza to-go/eat-in restaurant; yet another block, a well-supplied supermarket open 7:00 am to 12:00 am; and one-and-a-half block, a good chifa (chinese-peruvian) restaurant.

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), ripe avocados, 'empanadas,' rolls, sandwiches, ready-made dishes including 'ceviches' and 'tiraditos,' Peruvian roast chicken, ice-cream in a cone, international brands, wine and liquor area (pay purchase before 11:00 pm), three-meal food-court on the second floor (open until 10:00 pm), gift wrapping, fresh-flower stand, three ATMs, among others.

Around this intersection, you'll also find a gas station with a 24-hour convenience store, two other banks, chifa restaurants, a small casino, an emergency hospital, many other small businesses. Three streets East on Av. Benavides, you'll get into Surco district where world-known franchises will surprise you, same as several local restaurants.

b) TO THE WEST: Av Benavides-Av Larco intersection.
From our place, you may walk West down Av Benavides to Av Larco, the commercial-financial street/area which is six blocks away, or take a 'micro(bus)' for S/. 0.50 PEN* to go to Av Larco, Parque Kennedy, or Ovalo Miraflores; a different bus route will take you to Larcomar. Two blocks before reaching Av Larco, to the right on Av. La Paz, you'll find many stores that sell assorted pieces made of silver and antiques.

At Larco-Benavides intersection you'll find a Tourist Information booth (i) where you can get brochures and maps for free. 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--the "Mirabus" open bus; and info about in, around, and out-of Lima attractions.

On Av. Larco and surroundings you'll find innumerable stores including three other supermarkets, banks, travel agencies, parks (Miraflores and Kennedy), bars, cafés, restaurants (peruvian as well as fish, international, oriental, italian cuisines), bookstores (Mario Vargas Llosa is our Nobel prize for Literature), boutiques, theatres, movie theatres, art exhibitions, casinos, discos or 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.

South on Av. Larco, another six blocks from the intersection with Av. Benavides, is Larcomar, a shopping and recreation center facing the ocean, with its own day and night activities: top-notch boutiques, restaurants, fast foods, a supermarket, bars, bowling alleys, movie theatres, discos/clubs. Along the two promenades (malecón), at sea and land levels, you can go down to the beaches, walk or jog along the shores, surf or take surfing lessons, enjoy paragliding (parapente), rest at the many parks, lunch at fine restaurants.

OTHERS: HUACAS, BARRANCO
Pre-Inca huacas are other touristic centres: Huaca Pucllana (500AD) is North-West of us, with a first-class restaurant next to it; and Huaca Huallamarca (220AD) is in San Isidro, an upscale neighbour district to the North.

South of us is Barranco, a quaint little bohemian town with its famous Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), Museo Pedro de Osma, a belvedere to the ocean, a nice place to savor 'anticuchos' and 'picarones,' handmade jewelry, paintings from local artists, and a very active night life--including presentations of typical dances at an enclosed locale.

Getting around

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 bus across the Avenue, get on the surface metro (Metropolitano) which is two blocks away, rent a bike for an hour--or the whole day. There are bike tours around Miraflores, also.

Other Things to Note

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS:
- April 25, (Ex-Beatle) Paul McCartney, Lima
- April-Nov (better months): Inca Trail Hike, 2- and 4-day tours, Cuzco.
- June: Inti Raymi--Festival of the Sun, Cuzco.
- July 28 (and 29): Peruvian Independence Day(s).
- September: Mistura--Peruvian Food Fair, Lima.

WEATHER: Fall / Autumn, 20°C / 65°F and up, hot and sunny, sometimes cloudy, no rain.

RESERVATION CONFIRMATION: Please print it and bring it along with you for the complete address, specific directions (in case taxi driver is not familiar with route), cell phone number, Airbnb numbers, and other details.

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: We have a fixed schedule now to avoid overlapping; nevertheless, we can keep your luggage if your flight arrives before, or leaves after, check-in / check-out time.

"DESCRIPTION": Please read it twice, this will give you a pretty good idea of what, where, and how to find things. We can discuss it once you are here, too. Remember to check the internet to find useful info about any subject on Peru.

AIRPORT. It is the most modern in South America, and about a 30-minute ride--if traffic is light. We recommend you take a registered taxi (Taxi Green) from the counter/table inside the airport; find it on your way out after luggage pick-up: pass glass doors and to your right, pay S/. 50.00 PEN--no matter what time it is--and no tipping (don´t spoil them, please). We do tip at restaurants though, 10%--if not included on the bill.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $18 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Flexible

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  • very comfortable apartment, well-appointed and not a far walk from Larco. Definitely a great option for your own apartment in Lima.

    April 2014
  • Isabel was a wonderful host, I stayed a couple of days in Lima and the flat was the perfect place for me, the location will allow anyone to walk or take public transportation, it is a great area to be.
    She explained to me the basics of the house, the neighborhood and gave me a map of Miraflores.
    The apartment is very cute and neat, full of sunshine, the bed is very comfortable and there was hot water the entire time I was there. It is very basic but perfect, the place looks just like the photo.

    April 2014
  • Isabel was a lovely woman, generous and easy to communicate with. Her place was extremely clean, quite large, comfortable and had all necessary amenities. Perhaps location was a slight drawback since getting to restaurants in the evening required taxis or public transportation but Isabel coached me on taking buses so that was a plus. It was my first Airbnb experience and it was a very good one.

    March 2014
  • Isabel was a fantastic host, can't ask for a better host - she's very helpful, fast at responding to messages and offered some good advice. The maps of the city she provided were much better than ours too. 15-20 minute walk to most of the main stuff in Miraflores. Place is well kept, bright. Recommended.

    March 2014
  • Apartment was very clean and location was perfect. Isabella was very respectful and responded to inquiries promptly. Thanks for everything.

    March 2014
  • Isabel was perfect. Attentive and helpful but respectful of your privacy and independence. The place is very clean and simple, covering all your needs. Ive been to lima many times and, for me, the location was great. Id definitely stay there again!

    February 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 6 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    February 2014
  • A good place to stay in a stopover in Lima to another locations as Cuzco or Arequipa. Close to shops, restaurants (the wonderful Don Vito), etc. It is 30 mins away from the Larcomar but it is a nice walk.

    Sometimes a little bit noisy, however I would come back to rent it. Isabel is a nice person that will provide any hep you need.

    January 2014
  • Nos encanto el barrio, tiene todo lo que necesita uno muy cerca, Isabel fue muy querida con nosotros y el apartamento es muy fresco y confortable.

    January 2014
  • Isabel was friendly, clear, and communicative, and had no problems meeting us at the apartment after midnight when we arrived. She offered many suggestions on what to do with our time in Lima and was also very thorough about showing us the ins and outs of the apartment, which is exactly as listed (and great for the price), and nicely located in the great Miraflores neighborhood on a more residential street (so you feel as if you really "live" there). Overall we had a great experience with Isabel and her apartment.

    December 2013
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Hello! I am Isabel and lucky to live in Miraflores, one of the prettiest and most nearly international cities in Lima. I have 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; do a little shopping; enjoy lunch at different restaurants; ride along the promenades. I have visited several countries in South America; lived in the States for about six years; visited Canada; and, adding all months up, lived in London, UK, for one 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.' COME, VISIT PERU; WE HAVE MORE TO OFFER.
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