Love Park – El Parque Del Amor
Posted June 19, 2010on:
In my post about the Malecón de la Reserva I mentioned that I would write about the Malecón Cisneros and El Parque del Amor.
After passing by Larcomar, if you keep heading north you will eventually arrive at El Parque del Amor (Love Park). But before arriving there are some interesting sights along the way. First is the prominent pier, el Espigón 4, where the elegant La Rosa Náutica restaurant is located. Every time I see it I want to go there as it looks so charming. I can just imagine dining there surrounded by the crashing waves and the fresh sea air.
Next you will arrive at El Parque Champagnat, named after the french priest Saint Marcellin Champagnat who founded the Marist Brothers, a religious congregation of men in the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to education. There is a monument of him in the park, along with a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Finally, the Puente Eduardo Villena or Eduado Villena Bridge comes into view. As the sign indicates this is the point at which the Malecón de la Reserva and the Malecón Cisneros meet. It isn’t the most attractive bridge in the world but it serves its purpose of bridging the gap and uniting the two paths.
On the south side of the bridge you will find another little park called Parque “Gran Mariscal Mariano Necochea”. There is an interesting sculpture in the park which was designed by Fernando de Szyszlo Valdelomar. The sculpture is called Intihuatana, which in quechua (an indigenous language in Peru) means “el lugar en donde el sol se amarra” or “the place where the sun is tied”.
Once you cross the bridge you enter El Parque del Amor. The park was inaugurated February 14, 1993. The center-piece of the park is a beautiful sculpture dedicated to love called “El Beso” ( The Kiss). It depicts two lovers, supposedly the artist and his wife, engaged in a passionate kiss. It was designed by Peruvian sculptor Victor Delfin. The statue is 12 meters long and 3 meters high. It is said that the locals compete for the longest kiss under the statue.
The park is bordered by an undulating wall of mosaic tiles, where you can read romantic phrases of the best know Peruvian poets.
Located on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the park offers beautiful views of the sunset which attracts lovers looking for a romantic spot. At almost any time of day or night, you can see couples here kissing or snuggled closed together. It is a beautiful, romantic place.