Barranco is a coastal district located in the very south east, below Miraflores. It has always been a "boheme" neighborhood, place for artists and special people. It is more relaxed and unspoiled than Miraflores, and not much further in fact. For me it is in fact a much better option for accomodation and even for more special restaurants and bars, as there are fewer cars and more pedestrian areas.
All you have to do is just walk around this lovely distrinct and you'll fall in love with its color, flavor and romanticism. Locals in Lima are a very romantic people and the EL Puente de los Suspiros (the Bridge of Sighs) is the perfect example of the expression of their infatuation with love.
Barranco used to be Lima's largest beach resort and is a bohemian suburb home to some of Peru's most prestigious artists and writers (so they say).
I personally love the houses, the coasts, the colors and the activity. The crowd seems young and vivacious. A definite must see at night!
Barranco is a real nice place, It has tons of Spanish influence but its actually very culturally and racially mixed with several little clubs that show Afro-Peruvian dances. Almost every weekend night I believe, on friday and saturday nights...in the center of Barranco, near the train musuem, theres a food sale of typical Peruvian Creole Food. its delicious and inexpensive. There's often creole music to go along with it and its pleasant. Also, on weekend nights...theres a little fair selling jewelry and other little nice thingies. Barranco is a must. There's also lots of night clubs where u can met nice people
The bridge(puente de los suspiros) area is one of the best spots in Barranco. I really love how you have to walk on a narrow, little cobble-stone road to get to the top of the cliff, for a great oceanview. It's a great spot, but swamped with couples making out at night. The restaurant has great anticuchos!
Hello, how's it going? I just wanted to talk about a festivity taking place in peru, which can seem weird for new comers, The carnavals , this takes place in february, at this time of year people pelt each other with water ballons, flour and shoe polish, they throw them from everywhere, don't complaint because policemen will laugh at your complaint, just enjoy it.
Visit Barranco on Saturday or Sunday, they have a big food festival. You can get most of the traditional peruvian food here and well prepared. (I will complete with the menu when I have unmade my bag from last trip).
The cost is reasonable (low) and you can spend one day on the main dishes and one day on the desserts, as I did.
On some hours there are artists singing and dancing, on others recorded music is played.
A recommendable place. See also my restaurant tip on Barranco.
In Barranco, very close to the "puente de los suspiros", and in the park named after her as well, you can find the monument to Chabuca Granda, one of the most important singers & composers in Peru. She was greatly known for her creole style music. Some of her most famous songs are "La For de la Canela", "Fina Estampa" and "El Puente de los Suspiros". Her music is a must listen to if you get the opportunity.
Barranco is a destrict of Lima with a lot of bars and discos. From wednesday to sunday you can find every night an interesting place to dance, drink and meet students,artists and tourists from all over the world.
Barranco is also known as an artists destrict...search the way down to the pacific from the little central plaza in Barranco...there you´ll find a lot of beautiful houses where parts of the artists live.
The Puente de los Suspiros, or Bridge of Sighs - if you can walk across it for the first time, without taking a breath, all your wishes will come true. So the story goes.
The Bajada de los Baños is a walkway in Barranco. It runs between the main plaza and the sea and passes many grand houses. At one point it crosses the Bridge of Sighs. In this area are also many cafes, a ruined church and the statue of Chabuca Granda (Maria Isabel Granda Larco) a well known Peruvian singer and composer. She wrote a song about the bridge.
Legend has it that a wealthy man's daughter fell in love with a street sweeper. Her Papa of course forbade the match and she would stand in the window of one of the grand houses and sigh. People walking over the bridge would hear the sighs.
Because Barranco first was a fisher's quarter, this church was a place where the fishermen went to ask god for help. Legend says that once a group of fishermen went out to sea, but because it was winter and the weather conditions were bad they got lost. After a few hours they saw a shining object in the distance, and that's how they got back to land safely. The shining object was the cross of the church, and it became a symbol to them. Nowadays the church is badly damaged, which is a shame, but it's still a very beautiful sight.
This is the main square in the Barranco district, from where you can also see the church of San Francisco. This is a lovely square to walk around and see the typical buildings. Right next to it you can also find a food market some days of the week, and of course there are little stands where you can buy jewelry almost any day of the week. By night this is a very lively place to be, as Barranco hosts one of the most active nightlife in Lima.
Barranco is one of 43 districts in Lima. I t is known as the rmantic and bohemian centre because it is the home of a large proportion of Peru's artistisans - artists, musicians, designers and photographers. It is a popular beach resort and has a milder climate than the rest of Lima as it is sheltered by the cliffs of Chorrillos.
Barranco has many grand colonial houses and a lively restaurant/nightclub district.
There is a beautiful path between the main plaza area and the sea and it crosses the Puente de los Suspiros, or Bridge of Sighs.
This bridge was built in the late 19th century, mainly to comunicate the two sides of the "barranco" which means cliff. The translation of the name is "bridge of the sighs", and it takes this name because it's a popular place for lovers to meet and sit.. and kiss! This bridge is also famous because the Peruvian singer Chabuca Granda dedicated one of her songs to it.
This is a little streets that goes down to the beach area, and that's where it gets its name from. It used to be the path for the fishermen to go down to the sea. Nowadays this street hosts many restaurants that are quite good (I couldn't try them myself... no time!!), and in nay case it's a very nice place to walk around and look at the picturesque houses and beautiful flowers!
Starting from the central square in Barranco to the Puente de Suspiros you can catch up the walking path from Barranco to the sea. Barranco is a popular tourist district, on daytime the path seemed well guarded, but perhaps it is not recommended to go down to the Costa Verde on late evenings.
On the upper part of the path, you will find several restaurants in the old houses that still stands along the path, some renovated and some in bad shape. However, a nice place that shows the pictoresque environment that once made Barranco famous.
Barranco would have to be my favourite district in Lima, it's more genuine than Miraflores or San Isidro where it has all gotten a bit too... commercial. Barranco has kept the fantastic old colonial houses (though many of them are in very bad shape!) and the bohemian style. It's a great place to walk around, visit it's many restaurants or go out at night. Oh, and if you're into shopping for original things, don't miss out on the many interesting and artsy shops around the area!