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Nearing the end of our 3 week trip to South America we spent some time in Lima, a city that didn’t really impress us apart from one (literal) bright spot- the Magic Water Circuit.
With 13 fountains, the Magic Water Circuit in Lima has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest water fountain park in the world. These aren’t just typical fountains either- they incorporate lights, music, and interactive elements, turning them into showpieces for a fun night of entertainment in Lima.
Our Visit to the Magic Water Circuit
We arrived at the Magic Water Circuit just as darkness was settling in and were immediately impressed by what we saw.
The first fountain that greeted us was the Magic Fountain, a classically elegant fountain illuminated in white light. In the centre was a spout that shot up and down, capable of reaching 80 metres high.
After admiring the Magic Fountain, we excitedly headed to the Fantasy Fountain to get a good spot for the show. A large crowd of people was already starting to gather in anticipation of the spectacle that was soon to take place.
A short while later the Fantasy Fountain came to life, colourful blasts of water spraying out of the 120 metre long fountain. As the water danced to music, the spouts changed colour and shape, engaging the audience in a choreographed show.
As part of the performance, lasers and lights projected scenes and symbols of Peruvian culture, taking the audience on a virtual tour of Peru.
The show was so spectacular that we watched it twice during our visit to the park. It surpassed all my expectations of what a fountain show would be like, especially once the lasers came into play!
After the Fantasy Fountain show we continued along the circuit, passing by some ornamental water features on the way to the larger cybernetic fountains.
Each fountain we saw was unique, with different shapes, colours, and music. There was one shaped like a pyramid, one resembling a rainbow, and one that created so-called “bubbles of illusion”.
Some of the fountains, like the Dream Maze and Walk in Dome, were even interactive, inviting people to enter them. It was amusing to watch people try not to get wet by dodging the choreographed sprays of water!
The most popular interactive fountain was the 35 metre long Tunnel of Surprises. People loved walking under the water arches, happily posing for photos at the end of the tunnel.
Having made it around the circuit, but not quite ready to leave, we decided to sit at the Magic Fountain and simply enjoy the cheerful, romantic atmosphere.
Watching the vibrant, dancing water at the fountain park was not only a great date night, but also a wonderful way to end our visit to Lima!
Final Thoughts About Lima’s Magic Water Circuit
I’m really glad we went to the Magic Water Circuit because it was pretty much the only thing about Lima I wasn’t indifferent about (apart from paragliding- that was fun too!)
I loved the bright colours, the laser show, and variety of fountains. The experience was so engaging that I didn’t take as many photos of the fountains as I thought I would, instead choosing to enjoy them in the moment. Now if you visit, you’ll at least be surprised by some of the fountains!
Tips for Visiting the Magic Water Circuit in Lima
Location: The Magic Water Circuit is located in Parque de la Reserva (between Av. Arequipa and Av. Paseo de la Republica).
Getting There: You can get to the Magic Water Circuit by hopping on one of the mini buses that run up and down Av. Arequipa or by taking a taxi (what we did). There will be plenty of taxis waiting in the parking lot after your visit.
Entrance Fee: S/. 4.00 (less than $2 CAD)
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 3:00 pm- 10:30 pm
Show Times: The Fantasy Fountain show runs three times per night, starting at 7:15 pm, 8:15 pm, and 9:30 pm.
Food and Drink: There were food vendors set up near the Fantasy Fountain.
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Tours of Lima and the Magic Water Circuit
If you’d like to visit the Magic Water Circuit as part of a larger excursion, here are some night tours of Lima that include a visit to the Magic Water Circuit.
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