“I think Peru and the mountains and the Incas, everybody is aware of those, but Lima is something that people should discover—especially our food”. These are the words of Mario Testino, the photographer synonymous with the glitz and glamor of some of the world’s most iconic fashion shoots. The artist spends his life crossing continents photograph international supermodels, Hollywood stars and royalty. But there’s nothing quite like unpacking in Lima, the city that he calls home.
PERU'S CAPITAL has long been overlooked, with many visitors hurrying through to explore the history of Cusco or the charm of Arequipa. In recent years however Lima’s star has risen, and rightly so. Where else can you walk ocean-front boulevards, dine on world-class ceviche, explore colonial churches and browse Andean craft markets all in the space of one day?
Where to start? With ceviche, of course. Any doubters of the divinity of this fresh fish dish need only pay a visit to Pescados Capitales, a pleasant coastal drive from the hotel. More adventurous gastronomes may wish to try nearby Costanera 700. A staple in Miraflores’ dining scene for over 40 years, its menu pioneers the fusion of Peruvian and Japanese flavours.
Any amount of local delicacies can be worked off with a wander around Lima’s colonial core. You’ll find eye-catching architecture on every corner. The Church of San Francisco is famed for its canary-yellow facade, while Casa de Aliaga is the city’s oldest colonial mansion. In search of souvenirs? Sift through printed fabrics, tasseled bags and handmade jewelery at the Mercado Inca for original take-home treats.
Mario Testino has of course made a mark on his home city. The photographer launched the Asociación Mario Testino (MATE) in 2012 as a platform to raise the profile of Peruvian artists. The gallery also showcases prints from his own repertoire, so you can nod to Naomi and Kate before admiring local work.
Come sunset, wind your way back to Belmond Miraflores Park along our neighborhood’s six-mile, garden adorned path (known locally as the malecón). Join the throng of strollers, slick cyclists and young lovers, all breathing in that ocean air and soaking up the sea view.
Belmond Miraflores Park
Av. Malecón de la Reserva 1035
Miraflores Lima 18
Tel: +51 1 610 4000
Fax: +51 1 242 3393
How to get here
Belmond Miraflores Park is located approximately 35 minutes from the International Airport of Lima.
Transfer to/from airport can be arranged by the hotel, or added to your reservation during the booking process. Alternatively, taxis are readily available at the airport and train station.