The Route of Mario Vargas Llosa

The Route of Mario Vargas Llosa

This project is about walking a city from its literature. Several parks and emblematic streets of the district of Miraflores (in Lima, Peru) are included on a walking circuit inspired in the life and work of Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize of Literature 2010.

Crisia Malaga, Lima, Peru

Several parks and emblematic streets of the district of Miraflores (in Lima, Peru) are included on a walking circuit inspired in the life and work of Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize of Literature 2010.

The laureate writer Mario Vargas Llosa spent most of his early years in Miraflores, where he lived and studied. His books collect these experiences so in 2011, the Municipalty of Miraflores developed a literary and historical investigation, which was converted into a pedestrian route which aims to involve citizens and tourists in the wonderful literary world of Vargas Llosa, but also let them know and engage with the city, walking through its streets.

The route begins at the Kennedy Park, located next to the main church of Miraflores; then follows to the Salazar Park, with amazing sights of the cliffs and beaches within the district. Then the route reaches to the Raul Porras Barrenechea's house, now converted into a cultural center. Porras was a local writer and intellectual who worked with Vargas Llosa for many years. The last two points are the Larco Avenue, one of the main arteries of Miraflores, lined with shops and restaurants, and finally the Champagnat passage, which stands next to the school where the writer studied.

Since March 2011, a team of guides led groups of neighbors, students from local institutions and tourists through the circuit, every Friday at 15:00 hours. The Municipality also distributes printed maps indicating the route, widening the range of the initiative.

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