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Like San Isidro and Miraflores, Barranco is an upscale district on Lima’s southern coast. This village, founded by early Spanish settlers, soon became a popular seaside resort. By the time Peru became independent, it was a thriving retreat for Lima’s wealthiest families and a favorite neighborhood for international families.

Barranco was once nicknamed “The City of Windmills,” as early settlers often used windmills to pump well water. In 1870, the famous landmark Bajada a los Baños, a series of stairways that leads to the ocean, was constructed. Lovers meet on the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs).

The 1940 earthquake heavily damaged Barranco, but the town recovered and rebuilt. Most of Barranco’s architectural wonders date from the Republican era. Casa Nash and Casa Checa Eguren are both fantastic examples of this older architecture. Also check out the several museums near the beautiful main plaza. Today, Barranco is a romantic, bohemian, artistic district, known for lively nightlife.

Other neighborhoods in Lima: Callao, Miraflores, San Isidro, Pueblo Libre, Lima Airport, Central Lima, Chorrillos and San Borja.

15 Jan 2013

Things to do in Barranco

GalerĂ­a LucĂ­a de la Puente

108525This famous commercial gallery is known as “the” art center in Lima. It is located in an old, fully refurbished Barranco mansion. Huge rooms with tall walls that reflect natural light onto the ...
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Parque Municipal

Barranco\'s Parque Municipal is one of Lima\'s most beautiful and unique town squares. This little park serves as a plaza—and surrounded on four sides by beautiful Spanish architecture, tasteful ...
City Park
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Museo GalerĂ­a Arte Popular de Ayacucho

The Museo GalerĂ­a Arte Popular de Ayacucho flaunts an excellent permanent collection of art from the Ayacucho region, known for its painted religious panels. The anonymous murals found in the ...
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Museo de la Electricidad

Directly adjacent to Barranco\'s Parque Municipal, this miniature museum—better said, exhibit—may be a 15-minute visit, but worth it. Posted to the walls are some charming old photos of Peru, and ...
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Puente de los Suspiros

The Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs) was built in the late 1800s, and to this day remains a romantic landmark for couples and families to enjoy the company of loved ones. Overlooking the ...
City Park
Barranco, Lima, Peru

Iglesia La Ermita

Local legend tells that one night, a group of fishermen were lost at sea, enshrouded in Lima’s famous dense fog. When they prayed for salvation, a luminous cross appeared and guided them back to ...
Historical Building
Barranco, Lima, Peru
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