Stop the bus for the the Parque de la Reserva

If being a world record holder for the largest fountain complex in the world isn’t reason enough to stop in, here are a couple more reasons why 🙂

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1. The historical and national significance…

The Parque de la Reserva was built as a memorial to the soldiers who lost their lives in service of Peru. Although it was originally constructed in the first half of the 20th century, the fountains were not added and the park not opened until 2007. Today, the park houses 13 individual fountains and it remains the world record holder for being the largest fountain complex worldwide.

2. The experience…

Being a Seattleite, I tend to flock to places with warm or tropical climates. There’s something about being outside at night, wearing nothing but a tank top and shorts that still amazes me. For me, it’s a novelty that never gets old. This was the mood that set the tone as I stepped off the bus 🙂 

Saying the park is popular would be a slight understatement. Upon exiting the bus, the group and I were met with a swarm of people. Once we all got through the line with no casualties lost to the crowd, we proceeded to enter the park. The crowd of people was equal parts young and old; it even included a Bride and Groom and their entourage! – Proof of just how picturesque this place is.

The fountains, for lack of a better description, were simply beautiful. Children, teenagers, and parents ran through several of the fountains – some in swimsuits, some fully clothed. There was this feeling in the air that I can only describe as joy. Everyone was laughing, admiring the fountains, and enjoying the warm summer night. I won’t describe each fountain in detail as that would spoil the surprise but I can tell you that the atmosphere of this place is just too fun to miss out on! One of the fountains flows in the shape of a tunnel that allows for visitors to walk under and through. Another flows with crisscrossing spurts to form a pyramid made entirely of water! All of the fountains are complimented by various colors of lighting.

 

The park itself is open with plenty of space to roam. After seeing the first half of the fountains or so, visitors proceed through a tunnel that passes under the street to the other side of the park. This was my least favorite park of the park and the only other con to the crowds. The tunnel was humid and crowded. The air was thick and I hated how sticky and icky it made me feel! I have tendencies to get slightly claustrophobic so I was happy to hurry through as quick as I could. The tunnel wasn’t small by any means but the sheer volume of people rushing through it makes it a slightly unpleasant experience.

The second half of the park is much like the first. My favorite fountain of all has to be the last one I saw that night. It was large and rainbow-colored with several different rows that spurt up making colorful walls (The first image in this post).

If you are still on the fence about visiting, let’s review the pros and cons plus a few I didn’t cover:

Cons:
– The Crowds – This place can be a little busy at some points but there is plenty of room to roam.
– There is a claustrophobic, smelly tunnel of death that offers an unpleasant experience for about a minute.

Pros:
– The park provides a fun, family atmosphere.
– People of all ages get to play and splash about in the fountains.
– The fountains are complimented by beautiful lightscaping arrangements.
– There is plenty of room to roam.
– The admission fee is inexpensive making this unique experience a bargain!

Enjoy and don’t forget to bring a towel 😉

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