Barranco in Lima is a bohemian neighborhood located in the southern part of the city. It’s known for its colorful murals, hipster cafes, and charming colonial architecture. It is the perfect destination for travelers who want to experience the culture and charm of the Peruvian capital. Here are some things to do when visiting Barranco:
Walk across the Bridge of Sighs
This iconic bridge is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. It’s named after the famous bridge in Venice and is also a romantic and picturesque bridge that offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Rumor has it that you’ll find your forever love if you cross the bridge from end to end, holding your breath. Ha! I did it successfully, and I’m still looking for that person! 😂
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Explore the colorful murals
Barranco is home to a thriving street art scene; you can find murals and graffiti on almost every corner. These artworks showcase the creativity and cultural diversity of the neighborhood. The murals here are world-class, and you can’t get enough of them!
Sit at a cafe with hipsters
Barranco is known for its laid-back, bohemian vibe, and there are plenty of cafes where you can sit and relax with the locals. These cafes are often filled with artists, musicians, and other creative types.
Walk on Bajada de los Baños
This narrow path leads to the beach used by fishermen in ancient times. Nowadays, people still use the same path to access the Pacific Ocean. But the main reason it’s a must to be here is its lively nightlife; Barranco is home to some of Lima’s best bars and clubs. The Bajada de Baños, a street lined with bars and restaurants, is a popular spot for a night out. Visitors can also experience traditional Peruvian music and dance at the Barranco Music Hall.
Stroll the parks
Barranco has several parks and green spaces where you can relax and enjoy the fresh air. These parks are popular spots for picnics, outdoor concerts, and other events. The most popular is the one across the Bridge of Sighs. On the weekends, buskers come and play, and locals hang out here with their friends or family.
Visit La Catedral
This beautiful cathedral is located in the heart of Barranco and must-see for any visitor to colonial architecture and Catholicism. You can’t miss it because its architectural beauty always captivates every passerby.
Explore the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
This museum is home to a collection of contemporary art from Peru and Latin America. It’s a great place to learn about the region’s artistic heritage. The museum also hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Visit El Mirador
This lookout point offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a popular spot for sunset views and is a must-see for every sunset chaser. However, knowing Lima’s humid weather and foggy days, good luck if you can see a sunset from here. 😂
Admire the facade of La Ermita Church
This charming, Baroque church painted in yellow is off-limits to anyone. It may look great on its facade, but its roof is collapsing. Thus, no one can get inside.
Try local cuisine
Barranco is home to some great restaurants and cafes where you can try local Peruvian cuisine. We went to Isolina Taberna Peruana and ordered lomo saltado because it was the cheapest on the menu! We found out later that it’s a delightful local cuisine in Peru!
There are many things to see and do in Barranco, and these are just a few of the highlights. Barranco is a must-visit destination for travelers looking to experience the best of Lima’s culture and nightlife. From stunning colonial architecture to lively bars and restaurants and world-class murals – there is something for everyone in this vibrant neighborhood.
Where to stay in Lima
I’d say that staying in Miraflores is your best bet. It’s modern, and everything you need is close by. Even the locals would recommend staying in the area because it’s safe. I stayed at Pariwana Hostel Lima in Miraflores. If you can afford it, book your stay at Innside Lima Miraflores.