Legends Park (Parque de las leyendas) is Lima’s multi-activity leisure park, but is mostly known as the city zoo. Spread across quite a massive area however is a zoo, a botanical garden, an archaeological park, and a little museum of sorts, as well as a recreational boating lake and some entertainment for children.
I have quite mixed feelings about this place, and so have decided to split the blog into two posts. In the first, I will talk about the enjoyable parts of Legends park, and in the second, my criticisms. Note that I do not necessarily discourage a visit, however I would encourage visitors to consider what they spend their money on, as with all zoos and animal enclosures.
For the entrance price (I paid S./14), Legends park is a pretty good spend. The Huacas that are spread throughout the park are archaeologically beautiful, and a nice little introduction to this kind of historical site (there are more spread throughout the city). For those who aren’t so interested in archaeology, this will probably be enough for you and luckily they’re dotted throughout the park so you won’t overdose.
There is also a fair-sized botanical garden located in the park, which displays a nice range of plants from across the globe. You can spot school groups wandering through the gardens which boasts of its educational potential (there are tours offered to this art of the park specifically: www.hakutours.com). There’s also plenty of areas where trees give shade to sit and pick at a picnic if you wanted to, and overall it’s a nice excursion.
Finally, the recreational lake where you can hire a boat can be found in one corner of Legends park, with cute little dolphin fountains and a bridge making it a pleasant setting in which to pass an afternoon.
We went on a Saturday and it wasn’t packed, however it’s nearing the winter in Lima, so summer might be another story. Whilst Legends park might not be the most cultural of activities, for those who want to do something a little bit more familiar certain parts of the park are recommendable.
Beckie Melanie is a volunteer with the Karikuy Volunteer Program in Lima, Peru.