Being a parent is certainly not an easy task, and traveling with your kids may seem a way too demanding enterprise. Well, modern life offers us many chances to make a trip with your kids an unforgettable experience, and Lima has also many places and activities that both kids and parents will enjoy together, creating priceless memories.
San Francisco Church and Convent — Photo courtesy of M. Isabel GuerraCurrently, Lima is a city with many options for having fun with your kids: tourism, history learning, strolls, parks, and some urban adventures will do wonders to keep both kids (and parents) entertained.
Some practical tips: you will not find family or kids’ restrooms in Lima. However, there’s change tables in every supermarket ladies’ room. And taxis are cheap here, so they are a sensible option for moving from one district to another.
You may start by booking a hotel located in Miraflores, a place which will be far more interesting for curious kids: wide avenues, colorful shops, and a large central park. Something as simple as taking a walk, while looking for a café, for a restaurant o for some souvenir shop, may become an entertaining expedition for your kid. Especially if you promise him to take him to Miraflores Central Park (aka Kennedy Park) that has a public playground and some other kid-friendly attractions, not to mention the nearly 50 cats that live there. And of course, you may want to have a peaceful dinner, so, let’s be a little politically incorrect: every parent knows that most kids won’t resist to a tasty burger or some chicken nuggets. There are many fast-food places in Miraflores, especially along Larco Avenue.Larcomar Shopping Center — Photo courtesy of J. Enrique Molina
By the way, many hotels have babysitting services, but you must ask and make sure about this before booking, if you want to schedule some evening or night outing with your partner.
Kids love to play outside. And since Lima’s climate is relatively benign during all the year, parks are always a good option. If you are touring San isidro, you can end your urban exploration at El Olivar park, where the kids can run and burn some energy while the adults sit down on the benches and wind down a little. This park also offers the possibility of enjoy birdwatching, so if this is one of your pastimes make sure to bring your list of local birds to spot. And there are many kid-friendly cafeterias and restaurants nearby, so you can finish your expedition having either lunch or dinner at any of them.
The next day, once you are a little more used to the city and its ways, it’s time to see the historical Lima, the monuments and buildings that tell us something from the past of the 400-year-old City of the Kings; a good place to start is the Plaza Mayor, in Lima Downtown, where you will have a glimpse of the Viceroyalty times. Especially if you decide to take a ride on one of the old-fashioned horse-pulled carriages that tour the place. Plaza Mayor (Main Square) — Photo courtesy of J. Enrique Molina
From here, you can walk along the Jiron de la Union until reaching the more modern Plaza San Martin Square. At this point, you may take a taki (or boarding the Metropolitano Bus) and choose between the Museo de Arte, that houses a permanent collection of Peruvian art and organizes many interesting temporary exhibitions (and yes, they have a cafeteria, too), or the Gran Parque de Lima (beside the Musem), with an ornamental pond, exotic birds, fountains, a large food court, plenty of open space, and reasonably clean public restrooms, something very important when traveling with kids.
Municipalidad de Lima (Municipality) — Photo courtesy of J. Enrique Molina