Barranco

Lima’s bohemian district lies in the neighborhood of Barranco. It’s a beautiful area popular with artists, musicians, and Lima’s elite. It is reached easily on the Metropolitano at Estacion Bulevar.

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.

Sánchez Carrión in Barranco, Lima, Peru

Sánchez Carrión

At the end of Sánchez Carrión, you will come to Parque Barranco. On one end of the park is the Biblioteca Municipal, a library that opened in 1922.

Biblioteca Municipal in Barranco, Lima, Peru

Biblioteca Municipal

On the other end is Iglesia Santísima Cruz, built in 1944 to replace La Ermita, another church you will read about below.

Iglesia Santísima Cruz in Barranco, Lima, Peru

Iglesia Santísima Cruz

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.

Bajada a los Baños in Barranco, Lima, Peru

Bajada a los Baños

View from Bajada a los Baños in Barranco, Lima, Peru

View from Bajada a los Baños

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.

La Ermita in Barranco, Lima, Peru

La Ermita

Barranco is full of beautiful colonial homes called “casonas”. The best examples are located along Avenida Sáenz Peña, which also features a memorial obelisk.

Avenida Sáenz Peña in Barranco, Lima, Peru

Avenida Sáenz Peña

Avenida Sáenz Peña in Barranco, Lima, Peru

Avenida Sáenz Peña

Avenida Sáenz Peña in Barranco, Lima, Peru

Avenida Sáenz Peña

Obelisk on Avenida Sáenz Peña in Barranco, Lima, Peru

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. It’s fallen into disrepair but still has beautiful stained glass windows and other impressive architectural features.

Rancho Rosell in Barranco, Lima, Peru

Rancho Rosell

Rancho Rosell in Barranco, Lima, Peru

Rancho Rosell

Rancho Rosell in Barranco, Lima, Peru

Rancho Rosell

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