Once off the Metropolitano, cross the street to reach Sánchez Carrión. At night, this street is full of bars packed with people. During the day, I could hear a pin drop.
On the other end is Iglesia Santísima Cruz, built in 1944 to replace La Ermita, another church you will read about below.
Puente de los Suspiros
Further down from Parque Barranco is the main tourist attraction in Barranco, a bridge called Puente de los Suspiros. It was unfortunately under construction when I visited. Under the bridge is a very popular path called Bajada a los Baños. Fisherman used to follow this slope down to the ocean. Nowadays, it’s filled with restaurants and bars selling all kinds of Peruvian traditional foods and seafood. It’s a bit annoying walking down the path with all the restaurant owners shouting at you to visit their restaurant, but once at the end of the path, you will find some beautiful views of the cliffs and ocean.
Across Puente de los Suspiros is a church called La Ermita, built in 1881. It was permanently damaged by a 1940 earthquake and Iglesia Santísima Cruz in Parque Barranco was built to replace it.
Barranco is full of beautiful colonial homes called “casonas”. The best examples are located along Avenida Sáenz Peña, which also features a memorial obelisk.
My favorite home in Barranco is called Rancho Rosell, located on Avenida Almirante Miguel Grau. It was a summer home built in the early 1900s. The house has fallen into disrepair but still has beautiful stained glass windows and other impressive architectural features.