A short drive from Lima’s convention center district, delegates will find the more modern district of San Isidro, which has developed into a business center and is home to international companies as well as embassies. Modern parks such as San Isidro’s Parque el Olivar (Olive Grove Park) contain rows of olive trees that date back hundreds of years to Spanish colonial times. Within the park are stone presses used to produce olive oil, a staple of the Spanish diet.
Area hotels with meeting facilities include an offering from Spanish hotelier Melia and Swissotel, as well as the Country Club Hotel located directly across from Lima’s golf course. Affiliated with Luxury Hotels of the World, the Country Club Hotel, built in 1927, is considered a cultural heritage site landmark as a result of its architecture, design and historical significance.
Situated south of the San Isidro district along the Pacific coast, Miraflores once served as a resort area. Its beaches are still an attraction, but today the district is better known as an upscale neighborhood with hotels, dining and shopping. Steps away from the beaches that rest below the nearby cliffs is the 300-room JW Marriott Lima. The hotel’s 14,000 sq. ft. of event space includes its San Martin ballroom (5,921 sq. ft.) and six breakout rooms. Smaller groups can consider the 89-suite Belmond Miraflores Park, a luxury property with views of the Pacific coast. Among its meeting spaces are the Observatory, which faces a terrace with a view of the ocean. Its larger Sala Copacabana ballroom can accommodate up to 400 guests. Nearby, the 149-room Courtyard Lima Miraflores has limited function space that could be ideal for classroom-style meetings at a lower price point.
While much of Peru’s history is popularly associated with the Incas and the Machu Picchu fortress, visitors may be surprised to find that Lima is rich in history that predates not only the Spanish but the Incas as well. Huacas — pyramid-like ramps and adobe structures — are located throughout the city. The Huaca Pucllana, in the Miraflores District, is estimated to date as far back as 200 AD. The site is believed to have been important for communal and religious life and has yielded a wealth of information about the culture of the early inhabitants. At the site, groups can dine at the eponymous Huaca Pucllana restaurant, whose award-winning cuisine is known for its use of the finest local products.
Experiences in Lima range from the indigenous meal to the well-known amenities of an global upscale hotel brand. Toward assisting planners to design their program, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and PROMPERÚ offer a multitude of resource at www.peru.travel/en-us/. —D.K.
Look for a sequel on Peru with a feature on Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in the F&D 2017 SuperBook.