Just a short drive from Miraflores, the upscale San Isidro district boasts some of the city’s classiest hotels and lesser-known highlights. Visit an archaeological site with pre-Inca pyramids and escape the city noises at the Bosque El Olivar park.
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Bosque El Olivar
Lima’s green lung is an historic olive grove spread out over 87,000 square meters and filled with more than 1,700 olive trees. The first trees were shipped from Seville, planted in 1559, and have fruitfully multiplied over the subsequent centuries. Thus, El Olivar represents not just a valuable green space in a congested city, but also a veritable national treasure that evoke Lima’s earliest history. Birdwatchers also delight in spotting the 25-30 bird species that reside in the grove. The park is also home to an artificial lagoon and the Centro Cultural El Olivar, which boasts a theater, libraries, and exhibition rooms.
It’s truly a sight to see. Like an indelible footprint in a constantly changing city landscape, the adobe pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca stands solidly in the middle of Lima’s financial district to remind Peruvians that their roots on this continent run deep. Archaeological excavations have revealed that the site was continuously used for thousands of years beginning in 200 BC. The complex functioned first as ceremonial center, then as cemetery, and later as an administrative, political and ceremonial center that united the populations of the Rimac river valley. The pyramid is constructed in the Lima culture style with small adobe bricks, platforms, plazas, passages, and enclosures. Funeral bundles were found at the site, along with musical instruments, tools to make textiles and farming, and polychrome ceramics.
Location: Av. Nicolas de Ribera 201, San Isidro
Hours: Daily, 9:00 to 17:00 hrs
Admission: adults S/.5, children S/.1
Birdwatching in Peru’s biggest city? Yeah! Peru ranks 3rd worldwide in avian diversity, with more than 1,835 endemic species. In Bosque El Olivar alone, there are between 25 and 30 bird species, including the vermilion flycatcher, the saffron finch, the blue-gray tanager, and a handful of doves. Grab your binoculars and enjoy a hour or two in one of Lima’s historic parks.
Parks and plazas
Look at a map of San Isidro and you’ll see a peppering of green spaces everywhere. Indeed this is a district with literally dozens of parks and plazas. You don’t even have to plan a route, just talk a walk and you’re sure to find an inviting park bench. Bosque El Olivar is the largest and in a category of its own; definitely worth seeking out.
Upscale San Isidro boasts some of Lima’s most exclusive hotels catering to travelers seeking an extra special experience in Peru’s vibrant capital city. These are our staff favorites:
Country Club Lima Hotel
Drop your worries at the door and settle into the Country Club Lima Hotel for a hospitality experience you won’t soon forget. Located in the idyllic San Isidro district, Lima’s best 5-star hotels has been declared a historical monument. Crystal chandeliers hang from lofty wood-beam ceilings and original colonial artwork (on loan from the Pedro de Osma Museum) adorns the halls. The hotel offers more than 80 luxury rooms and suites with well-appointed interiors. Guests also have exclusive access to the world-class 18-hole course at the Lima Golf Club across the street.
Location: Los Eucaliptos 590, San Isidro, Lima
Highlights: 24-hour Business Center, Gym, Spa, Restaurant, Bar, Room Service, Pool, Concierge
Discover Lima from the comfort of the 4-star Melia Hotel, perfectly situated in Lima’s financial district, surrounded by restaurants and shopping, and just a short drive from the city center, Miraflores, and the Lima airport. Each of the spacious rooms face out to the city and are equipped with twin or king size beds, minibar, coffee maker, hairdryer, and more. Pamper yourself with a massage, beauty treatment, or workout at the wellness, and then unwind with an authentic Peruvian meal and a pisco cocktail at the elegant Miro Lobby Bar.
Location: Avenida Salaverry 2599, San Isidro, Lima
Highlights: Complimentary high-speed WiFi, Business Center, Restaurant, Bar, Swimming Pool, Wellness Center
Where to eat
San Isidro boasts some of the best restaurants in Lima city. We recommend the following:
Av. Santo Toribio 173, San Isidro
Located in Swissotel and specializing in Mediterranean and Peruvian fusion cuisine
Open daily 12:30 to 15:30 hrs and 19:00 to 23:00 hrs | http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/lima/dining/la-locanda
Tudela y Varela 160, San Isidro
Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist. Pair with a cocktail
Open daily 12:00 to 24:00 hrs
Av. Petit Thouars 3008
Delicious and healthy pizza made with fresh ingredients
Open Monday to Saturday 12:00 to 22:30 hrs
Av. Jorge Basadre 595
Located in the Atton Hotel, a good choice for Peruvian cuisine
Pardo y Aliaga, San Isidro
Japanese and Peruvian fusion. Love fish? Don’t miss it.
Open Monday to Sunday lunch 12:30 to 16:00 hrs and dinner 19:00 to 24:00 hrs; Sunday 13:200 to 17:00 hrs |http://osaka.com.pe/
Where is San Isidro?
San Isidro borders Miraflores to the south and Av. Jose Prado to the north. It’s centrally located in between the Lima airport, the historic city center, and the Miraflores district.