Back when Thom and I visited Peru in 2014, one of the first things we did was visit Parque de la Reserva. I’d heard there was a Magic Water Circuit and quite frankly that sounded too good to miss.
We’d spent the morning walking around Lima, had had a mid-afternoon nap to sleep off some of the jet lag and then headed out to Parque de la Reserva for an evening’s entertainment at the water circuit. It’s one of the best attractions in Lima and it’s totally worth visiting one evening!
What is the Magic Water Circuit?
The Parque de la Reserva in central Lima is home to a “Magic Water Circuit”. It’s one of the few places in Lima that is explicitly designed for playing and it’s one of the cheapest, most entertaining evenings you can have in Lima.
The Magic Water Circuit is made up of a variety of colourful fountains that spout water high in to the air, in unique shapes or to music. The lights that light up the fountains make it all the more magical.
The Parque de la Reserva was originally opened in 1929. It was created to commemorate all the civilian reservists who fought for Lima during the Pacific War. Nowadays it’s one of Lima’s most visited tourist attractions
Besides being one of the most popular tourist attractions, the water circuit is also a Guinness World Record Holder! It holds the title of being the “Largest Fountain Complex in a Public Park.”
How much does it cost to visit the water circuit at Parque de la Reserva cost?
Parque de la Reserva is a bargain! It’s free before 3pm and after that it costs just 4soles (less than £1)! You could visit in the morning for free, but the park comes alive at night so it’s definitely worth spending those 4soles.
When is the Parque de la Reserva open?
Parque de la Reserva is open from 6am to 1am daily but the water circuit only happens from Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays from 3pm to 10:30pm.
The big water show to music (Fuente de la Fantasia) takes place at 7:15pm, 8:15pm and 9:30pm. It’s pretty impressive so worth checking out. During this water show fountains shoot high into the air to music and lasers.
Where is Parque de la Reserva?
Parque de la Reserva is in Lima, Peru between Avenue Paseo de la Republica and Avenue Arequipa. You can enter the park, and purchase tickets for the “Magic Water Circuit”, from Gate 1 (on road Jr Madre de Dios) and Gate 9 (Avenue Arequipa).
How do I get to Parque de la Reserva?
Getting to the “Magic Water Circuit” is pretty easy. If you’re staying in Miraflores (where most of the backpacker hostels are) then take one of the minibuses which run up and down Avenue Arequipa. These costs 1soles and at night they often play some funky music too!
You can also take the Lima Metropolitano bus for 1 soles. Go to the Estadio Nacional stop which is right outside the park.
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