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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Visiting the Cats at Kennedy Park in Miraflores, Lima, Peru


Parque John. F. Kennedy is located in the heart of the Miraflores district in Lima, Peru. To its northwest you will find the artisan markets and to its southeast the "Calle de los pizzas".

It is also bordered by various hostels, coffee shops, bars, restaurants, a Cathedral and more. It often hosts public exhibitions on the weekends ranging from artisan crafts to paintings and live performances.  Many of Lima’s oldest and most popular hostels are within a couple blocks from the park, and in some cases actually overlook it. If you’re looking for action, you won't go wrong choosing this location.

Perhaps the most curious features of the park is it's large population of cats.

Back in the 1980s, Kennedy Park was infested with rats. Legend holds that the cats, adopted by the church, were introduced to the park to help fight off the rats. The rats have since disappeared but the cat population exploded and even today the cats are still here! Everywhere you look in the park you will see them. (See video near the end of this article)

The cats are well cared for by volunteers and are generally friendly. The volunteers provide food and medical care.


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