Parque de la Reserva, a historic 19-acre city park is registered as the world’s largest water fountain complex in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The interactive aspect of the park’s fountains provides hours of fun for kids and many adults while its exposition tunnel murals teach visitors about Lima’s water sources and conservation efforts.
We were debating whether to visit the park since we had seen other fountain shows and felt this one might be similar. However, our hotel concierge insisted it is one of Lima’s top five attractions, so we decided to give it a try.
Against all odds, we all ended up enjoying the park more than we thought.
Not only could the unique laser show rival any Disney production but walking through the water jets made us return to our childhood for the two hours we were there.
By the end of the evening we even voted our personal favorites:
The Maze of Dreams( Laberinto Del Ensueño) with its unpredictable vertical fountains shooting sideways or upwards at any given time while you try to make it to the ‘safe’ dry center, this fountain is THE place for those seeking to get seriously wet.
The Fantasy Fountain (Fuente de la Fantasía) Light and Sound show schedule is Wednesday-Sunday at 7:15 PM, 8:15 PM and 9:30 PM. You might want to arrive on the early side to save a spot since it can get somewhat crowded.
The Tunnel of Surprises Fountain (Túnel de las Sorpresas) is comprised of a series of water arches that form a 38-yard long tunnel you can walk through without getting wet.
Walk-in Dome (Cúpula Visitable) sports overlapping jets that create continuous water arch visitors can walk under without getting wet unless they touch and disturb the flow.
The Harmony Fountain (Fuente de la Armonía) is an orange pyramid shaped fountain whose water jet sides make it look like a continuous structure.
The Rainbow Fountain (Fuente Del Arco Iris) is a series of colored-lit fountains that create a wall of color when viewed from a distance.
The Magic Fountain (Fuente Mágica) is one of the park’s highlight with its mention in the Guinness Book of records.The best spot to see its full vertical jet of 87 yards is from the Walk-in Dome area.
The cute factor
The Tangüis Fountain (Fuente Tangüis) is a mini garden with several flower shaped fountains created as a tribute to Fermín Tangüis, an agriculturist who helped save Peru’s cotton industry in the 19th century.
Autism travel tips:
Consider bringing a poncho, anti-slip shoes and even a change of clothes if your child wishes to run around in the fountains.
For the kids who don’t want to participate in water activities closed shoes are strongly advised as the ground is uneven at times and tricky to navigate in the darkness.
If your child is temperature sensitive, you might want to pack a jacket since the area can get cold at night, especially in winter.
Noise cancelling headphones
can be a good option for kids who are noise-sensitive when attending the laser show and the free concerts given on weekends.
Circuito Magico del Agua
Entrance Fee I: S/.4
Opening Hours : Wednesday to Sunday (and holidays) from 3:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Location: Parque de la Reserva (between Av. Paseo de la Republica and Av. Arequipa)
A taxi from Miraflores to the Magic Water Circuit costs about S/.7
Minibuses run up and down Av. Arequipa, for S/.1
Lima Metropolitano bus to the Estadio Nacional stop, S/.1
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