Like San Isidro and Miraflores, Barranco is an upscale district on Limaâ€™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 Limaâ€™s wealthiest families and a favorite neighborhood for international families.
Barranco was once nicknamed â€śThe City of Windmills,â€ť as early settlers often used windmills to pump well water. In 1870, the famous landmark Bajada a los BaĂ±os, 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 Barrancoâ€™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.