Barranco is a very pleasant place to visit; the view of the Pacific Ocean from the cliffs is superb and very inspiring. In the 1920s Barranco was the place where rich Peruvian built their beach houses, as the city developed they moved elsewhere. Some of those houses remain in good condition and have been taken over by a new generation of young artists making Barranco the bohemian district of Lima.
View of the beach from the cliff
An old house in Barranco
At night Barranco becomes the Lima that never sleeps, there is a large concentration of bars, live music nightclubs and peñas. El Puente de los Suspiros provides a romantic stroll through the historic part of the district. The passageway under the Puente de los Suspiros leads to several food stalls and restaurants.
Picturesque Barranco Plaza
Additional Information about Lima
Historic Lima is the most visited tourist destination, the Center of Lima or Centro de Lima, as locals call it, used to be the entire city with the Plaza the Armas as its heart.
Miraflores is the higher end side of the city and offers some of the most luxurious accommodations in Lima.
San Isidro is one of the upscale districts of Lima with exclusive residential areas featuring some older mansions belonging to old aristocratic families.
Like any megalopolis Lima suffers from pollution, traffic and poverty. Water supply is a big issue in a city located in the desert.