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Avenida Larco is an avenue located in Downtown Miraflores which is home to various stores and restaurants. It used to be the commercial heart of Lima during the 70s and 80s, but declined since then. Nevertheless, with the opening of the Larcomar mall in the last block of Larco, this area has revitalized and might regain the brightness it used to have.
During the 80's Avenida Larco was the epicenter of all that was young and fun. Girls went there to shop and socialize, and boys were there to meet girls. Everyone looked great and felt great. This street was super charged with excitement and sexuality. It was easy to find true beauty and talent, since it was the thing to do before going to parties at night, after stores closed.
A visit to Avenida Larco would never be complete without having ice cream. Two of the best ice cream parlors were located there. The locals always debated about which one was better. So it depends who you talk to, about where to find the best. There were also plenty of clothing stores and folk jewelers, as well as candle makers, all original, cool, and classic.
On the weekends, there was a gathering at a plaza off of Larco, a large circle where artisans sold their crafts, painted their dreams, and earned cash, selling from portraits done on the spot, hand bags made of the softest leather, jewelery that would have a meaning, and things that were hand made and only found there. There were many americans still living in Lima since the Vietnam war. They sold arts and crafts, and candy. They became a sub-culture in Miraflores and Avenida Larco, and felt right at home in a place that was as eclectic and free as nowhere else. But they weren't the only americans there. There were also the surfers, and most of them were boys. Hot boys with their surf boards, who adopted Lima, Miraflores, and Avenida Larco as their home because the waives were as sweet as the ice cream.
One of the best things about Avenida larco, is the end of it. It stretches from the center of town, Miraflores, and it ends at the very edge of the continent, the ocean, the beach. Walking on Larco was walking through a city street, full of commerce and life wanting to live, and then there was the open sky and sea, never ending, open, free. Romantic it is, but not in a classic way, there is always that feeling of newness and creativity. Music is loud and everyone is happy. It is a place like no other, and if you ever visit, look out, because you just might never want to leave.
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