The Shark Hostel

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Barranco safety? Housing?


Hey there! I was wondering if I could get some opinons on the safetly levels of the Barranco district in Lima. I have heard mixed reviews and while I would expect it's nt as bright and shiny (and western!) as Miraflores, it seems like a really neat place.

On another note... am looking to rent a house in Lima (in one of the districts mentioned) so if you have any advice I would be glad to hear it!

Re: Barranco safety? Housing?

by dansak


Both places are nice (Barranco and Miraflores), however, it is the best during the summer in Lima (jan-feb-march).


Re: Barranco safety? Housing?

by Captaintrip

Barranco is quiet safety,basicaly close to the beaches..., miraflores is better, but also you can ask houses in surco,san borja, la molina and san isidro, all these districts are very quiet and comfortables,you can have adds on sundays nwespaper with all the offers you need.Good luck!:)

Re: Barranco safety? Housing?

by Huacho

Barranco is a bohemian distric, many local artists live or have their workshop there. You can also find an active nightlife in the peñas where you can enjoy shows from local Creole singers, dance cumbia, salsa, Afro-Peruvian music, etc. On the other hand you can also find local Rock Bands (and some Fusion Bands) performing in some bars. La Noche de Barranco is a Cultural Center where plastic artist can exhibit their art as well as renown bands play at night.
“Mochileros” (another bar) features live jazz on Tuesdays and jam sessions on Wednesdays, but check this because can change.
Almost all the bars (except for the peñas) are near the “Plaza” in front of Barranco City Hall
During the day you can go to some of the look out points near “Puente de los Suspiros” to enjoy the scenery of the Pacific Ocean.
Regarding safety it is like any other city, you have to use your common sense, keep an eye on your belongings, drink responsibly, do not accept drinks from any stranger (man nor woman)

Travel Tips for Lima

Handouts and Begging

by Robin922

Not unique to Lima or even Peru, but very common… people asking for money.
While it can pull at your heart strings, you need to think first. Kids running to the car while you are stopped at a red light, might not a behavior you want to reinforce.

It’s one thing for an adult to be doing summersaults or juggling, and looking for a little loose change, but a child is another story.

Also there appears to be a woman with child on every other street. It’s hard to tell who needs the money and who doesn’t.

From what I understand from the locals, people with disabilities do need the money. Job opportunities for the disabled haven’t progressed to the level of other counties yet.

If you just can’t or don’t wish to just go on your way, I would strongly suggest that you keep a pocket full of one Sol coins.

On to Wine Country - Canete

by Sininen

I took a collective taxi from Lunahuana to Canete and it took less than an hour to reach this lovely little village in the foot of the mountains. Besides the driver there were two of us in the front seat, four in the backseat and four children in the back of the car....I could hardly believe it but we made it safe to our destination.

Lima International Airport

by cruisingbug

When landing at Jorge Chavez airport, one of the first things you'll notice is that you aren't going up to the gate. No jetway extends from the terminals in front of you, as in the illustrations on the airport's web site (there's a reason they're just drawings). Instead, tall staircases are placed beside the jet's front and back doors, and passengers disembark down the stairs, where they are loaded onto buses. The buses take you to the "under construction" international area - which apparently has been under construction for a decade. Once you're through customs, you'll be greeting by a throng of thousands. Huge families of Peruvians come to meet (or see off) a single traveler.

This is all actually the case when arriving and leaving for domestic flights, as well.

Keep this setup in mind for timing - after you're called to the "gate", you still have to take a bus ride to the plane sitting out on the tarmac, so get to the gate early (and beforehand, take advantage of the business class VIP lounge if you can - it's air conditioned). Also remember that there's about a US$5 domestic/$25 international airport tax payable in a separate area before going through security.

there are plenty of great...

by hanspeter_W.

there are plenty of great restaurants everywhere in all price-classes..the most luxurios ones in Miraflores and in San Isidro..seafood as well as meat is very good everywhere..
don't miss to try Ceviche, Anticucho, parrillades and chicharones...and for drink Peru libre and Inca-cola


by goingtoperu

The zoo is quite good. Tapirs, macaws, monkeys, sloths, jaguars, ocelots, wild birds, and numerous other Peruvian wildlife species can be found here. There is also an international section with the usual selection of bamboons, tigers, etc.


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