Many tourist attractions are located along the sea, including Larcomar, the entertainment and shopping complex; the Malecón, or boardwalk in Miraflores; the artsy seaside residential neighborhood of Barranco; La Rosa Nautica and other restaurants that take advantage of their prime locations on the coast; and Ghandi Park, known for its paragliders that soar above Miraflores on windy afternoons.
The Historic Center
Visitors have access to a wide variety of Miraflores attractions in this area, including La Plaza San Martín, the catacombs of the San Francisco convent, and Santo Domingo, with its superb museum and icons of Peru’s most important saints, Rosa de Lima and Martín de Porres.
- The Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera possesses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world, concentrating on the Moche Dynasty (A.D. 200–700) and its splendid ceramics, among an estimated 45,000 pieces.
- Museo de la Nación, the National Museum, is one of the most important in Peru. It shows highlights of Peru’s complicated, overlapping cultures, presented largely through their architecture, ceramics, and textiles.
- Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, which covers Peruvian civilization from pre-historic times to the colonial and republican periods in the 19th century.