Park of the Reserve (Parque de la Reserva)
With 19 acres (8 hectare ) of neo-classical gardens dotted with pagodas and sculptures, Parque de la Reserva is a welcome pocket of greenery, located in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima. The parks’ star attraction is the Magic Water Circuit (Circuito Mágico del Agua), in which 13 interactive fountains are choreographed to classical and Peruvian music and lasers.
The world’s largest fountain complex, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the circuit is a spectacle to behold. Many of the fountains are interactive—you may get a light cool misting—making it a hit with kids and adults alike. The Maze of the Dream (Laberinto del Ensueno) invites visitors to follow a labyrinth of vertical walls of water to an inner circle. Fountain of Harmony (Fuente de la Armonía) is a pyramid with sides formed by jets of water and Magic Fountain (Fuente Mágica) is the park’s most powerful fountain, with a jet shooting a stream of water 262 feet (80 meters) into the air.
Travelers can explore the park on their own or as part of a private and group tour that incorporates visits to a wide variety of attractions, including Larco Museum, with its important pre-Columbian art collection, and the nearby pre-Inca archaeological site at Pachacámac.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Mornings are free to enter. Tours may include a small fee required from 3pm onward.
- Playing in the fountains is part of the fun; bring a poncho if you would prefer to stay dry.
- The Circuit is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Tours may include round trip hotel transport and a Pisco Sour. Check specific tours for details.
How to Get There
The water circuit is in Parque de la Reserva, a park enclosed by Av. Arequipa and Paseo de la República. The city’s electric express bus, El Metropolitano, makes a stop at Estadio Nacional, which is right by the park.
When to Get There
The park is a lovely respite from the bustling city any time of say. Try to go Wednesday - Sunday when the Magic Water Circuit is open,, 3pm–10:30pm. The best time to experience the circuit is after sunset when the colors are most dramatic. Additionally, Fantasy Fountain (Fuente de la Fantasía), the park’s 390-feet (119-meter) showpiece fountain lights up with a special laser, water, and music show at 7:15pm, 8:15pm, and 9:30pm.
A Well of Information
The park was laid out in 1929 to commemorate the civilian armies of the War of the Pacific, but it wasn’t until 2007 when its Magic Water Circuit (Circuito Mágico del Agua) opened that it became a feature on tourist itineraries. Look inside the tunnel in the middle for an exhibition space illustrating how the water reaches the complex and the challenges the city faced when it built its intricate urban water system. The dazzling new installation features thirteen individual fountains, each with cybernetic or interactive qualities that perform an impressive light and water show, using state-of-the-art lighting effects, lasers and choreography to music. Currently holding the record for the world’s largest fountain complex in a public park, the Magic Water Circuit is a ticketed, self-guided attraction that has quickly garnered acclaim as one of the country’s most unique spectacles. Notable highlights include the Magic Fountain, the largest, reaching heights of over 80 meters; the Tunnel Fountain of Surprises, a 35-meter long walk-though tunnel of water; and the Fantasia Fountain, which forms the centerpiece of a mind-blowing music and picture show.
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