7 most beautiful landscapes in Lima

Is Lima as gray and awful as they say? No, the capital region of Peru has natural and urban landscapes that are worth appreciating. This city offers sea, mountains, deserts, swamps and more. Enjoying these landscapes is free in some cases. You just have to get there, either by public transport or taxi. Here we tell you which are the seven most beautiful landscapes in Lima, how to go there and more.

Marcahuasi – Huarochirí

The Miraflores boardwalk

Malecon de Miraflores
Miraflores boardwalk

One ​​of the most famous postcards of the city of Lima can be found on the Miraflores boardwalk. It is a long strip of ravines from where you can see the sea and the buildings of the modern city. It can be divided into four public spaces: the 28 de Julio boardwalk, the Reserva boardwalk, the Cisneros boardwalk and the La Marina boardwalk.

This beautiful and clean boardwalk is in the heart of Miraflores, the most touristic district of the city. Nearby are the main hotels, restaurants and shops (such as the Larcomar shopping center). The views are beautiful every day, especially in summer (January, February and March) and at sunset (from 5 to 6 in the afternoon). Don’t miss out!

The Cerro San Cristobal

Cerro San Cristobal
View of Cerro San Cristobal

The famous Cerro San Cristobal, the highest small mountain in the city (400 meters above sea level) shows one of the most beautiful landscapes of the growth of the city. From there you can see the historic center, the tall buildings of the modern sector and even the Lima coastline. It is visited by both locals and foreign tourists.

Cerro San Cristóbal stands out for the huge monumental cross (with forty-eight embedded lights) that guards the city. It is located in the populous district of Rímac. Its history dates back to the same Inca era. Its name was granted by Francisco Pizarro in 1535. In the place there is a small site museum. You can go day or night, although the first option is more recommended.


Marcahuasi en Lima
Landscape of Marcahuasi

Marcahuasi offers a one hundred percent mountain landscape in Lima. It is more than 4 thousand meters above sea level. It is famous for its stone forest with rock formations such as ‘The monument to humanity’, ‘The sacred feline’, ‘El sapo’ or ‘The valley of the seals’. There you can also see lagoons, a blue sky, Andean towns as well as a diversity of mountain flora and fauna.

Marcahuasi is about 5 hours from the city of Lima. It belongs to the district of San Pedro de Casta in the province of Huarochirí. Visitors like to camp under the stars on top of this plateau. There are popular stories that claim to have seen aliens on this site. Will it be true? The truth is that the landscapes that are achieved there are unique.

Nor Yauyos Cocha Reserve

Yauyos Cocha Reserve
North Yauyos Cocha in Huancaya

The landscape reserve of Nor Yauyos-Cochas is a natural area located in the mountains of Lima. There you can see incredible landscapes of rivers, mountains, forests, waterfalls, lagoons and more. One ​​of its main tourist attractions is Huancaya where many visitors like to camp. It is located 232 kilometers from the city of Lima (7 hours of travel on average).

This reserve covers a total area of ​​221,268 hectares. Some of its main landscapes are the Cabracancha waterfalls, the Huancaya suspension bridge, the Huallhua lagoon, the Carhuayno viewpoint, the forest of love, the Chin Chan waterfalls, some of Papacocha and more. Note that the temperature varies from a maximum of 23ºC. up to a minimum of 0ºC.

The Lomas de Lachay

Lomas de Lachay
Lomas de Lachay

The Lomas de Lachay are a natural space abundant in flora and fauna formed thanks to the humidity coming from the coast of Lima. It is located 97 kilometers from the city of Lima. There it is possible to appreciate humid forests inhabited by plants, mammals, birds, insects and much more. In 1977 it was established as a National Reserve with an area of ​​5,070 hectares.

In the Lomas de Lachay you can appreciate incredible natural landscapes. It is also famous for its beautiful sunsets. Visitors like to camp there. Then they carry out routes such as ‘The Fox Circuit’, the ‘Partridge Circuit’, the ‘Tara Circuit’ and more. The visit should be made from May to October when the place is full of forest and tourists.

The Pantanos de Villa

Pantanos de Villa
Pantanos de Villa

The Pantanos de Villa are a refuge for wildlife in the heart of the city of Lima. It is located in the district of Chorrillos, south of the city. These are marshes where migratory birds and abundant flora can be seen. It covers an area of ​​263.27 hectares. The landscapes there, especially at sunset, are one of the most beautiful in the city.

More than 210 species of birds have been registered in the Pantanos de Villa, including: seagulls, herons, parihuanas, diving ducks, pelicans, eagles and more. The place has an ecological importance for the conservation of the ecosystem. It also helps to improve the clean air in the city. It is very visited by schoolchildren and university students. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

The Lomas de Lucumo

Lomas de Lúcumo
Lomas de Lúcumo in Lurín

The south of Lima is not only famous for the important Pachacamac Sanctuary. There you can also visit natural areas of great scenic beauty such as the Lomas de Lúcumo. The humidity of the sea creates a unique ecosystem full of vegetation and wildlife. It is only 34 kilometers from Lima. Visitors who arrive like to camp.

In these hills, in addition to the beautiful landscapes and pure air, visitors like to do adventure sports. The geography is ideal for cycling, climbing, trekking and even rappelling. Most of the visitors are the same people from Lima. In 2009, 7,400 visitors were registered. Expect even more to arrive each year!


By Machupicchu Terra – Last updated, February 11, 2022

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