I remember seeing water jump from here to there in Disney’s Epcot years ago and thinking how fascinating it was that they can program the water to do that. Flash forward to the outdoor fountains at The Bellagio in Las Vegas with their audience entertaining choreographed water show and I was amazed by the technology and how the jumping water of Epcot had evolved. So when I visited Lima and read about The Magic Water Circuit of fountains in the tour brochure, I was intrigued to visit a water fountain park. Luckily, it was a Wednesday so the park would be open (hours Wednesday – Sunday, 4 pm – 10 pm).
Since my flight was after midnight and i had a 4 pm late checkout, I signed up for a tour of the fountain park. I would not recommend that you sign up for the bus tour as you spend a lot of time on the bus picking people up, sitting in traffic and then are limited in your park visit. Instead, have the hotel arrange a car & driver to drop you off and pick you up – its quicker and saves money (or if your Spanish is good, you can do this yourself with any taxi driver). Admission is $1.50, my tour was about $39 and booked by the concierge. This is clearly a case where I did no research prior to the trip and I paid (overpaid) for it.
With 13 fountains, many interactive and all illuminated at night, my intrigue turned to a bit of childlike glee – this was definitely a relaxing, fun, happy place – and who doesn’t like that? This would be a wonderful final memory of my South American adventure which had begun in Santiago, continued to Easter Island where the Moai were magical and was now ending in Lima in a bit of magic as well at the Magic Water Circuit.
So let’s visit some of the fountains: