During the Colony and beginnings of the Republic it was the favorite marine spa of the wealthy families of Lima. Called the "City of the Mills" for the great quantity of these that existed in the past.
Today is a district of Lima, of numerous houses of Colonial construction, beautiful squares, gentle place of poets and artists, site of encounter for bohemians. Barranco is located between Miraflores and Chorrillos districts.
During the day the pace of life is more gentle here than in the rest of the city, but at night, this is a place for dancing and drinking.
Definitely worth a visit, this is a great place to relax over a chilled beer while you enjoy the sunset over Pacific.
The romantic "Puente de los Suspiros" (Bridge of the Sighs) that crosses one of its gulches is frequented by couples in love, and it was immortalized by the famous music composer Isabel "Chabuca" Granda's song. It was built in 1876 to join the streets Calle Ayacucho and La Ermita.
At nights a great quantity of pubs, discotheques and night centers offer shows of different style and variety, "peñas" with Creole and Peruvian music. Good restaurants of variety cuisine also exist and outstand those of Peruvian typical food and seafood.
Barranco is located on a big ravine, in front of the sea, has sand beaches that comprise of the Costa Verde and are very popular in summer, besides a boatyard and marina.
Parque Municipal (City Park)
Located near the third block of Avenida Grau. It opened on February 3rd, 1898. You can see Carrara marble statues like "La Danaide", Venus or the nymph. The library is located close by as well as the Santísima Cruz Church.
Behind the Ermita of Barranco Church, there is a Pacific Ocean lookout that offers a magnificent view of sunsets and the Bajada de los Baños, a stairway to the beach.
Museo Pedro de Osma
Location: Pedro de Osma N° 421, Barranco.
Visiting hours: Tue. – Sun. 10:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Located in the house of the family De Osma, built in 1906, the Foundation Pedro and Angelica De Osma inaugurated the Museum in 1986. Private collection, exhibition of art works of the Viceroyalty from the XVI to the XVIII centuries, paintings on canvases and metal, sculptures in a Peruvian stone "Huamanga", furniture, altarpieces, silver accessories and ornaments.
Location: Pedro de Osma, Barranco.
Visiting hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
With the largest collection of Mario Testino’s photographs, the Asociación Mario Testino (MATE) is the only cultural institution in the world dedicated to the permanent exhibition of the work of this prominent Peruvian artist. A non-profit organization of international outreach as well as a new referent of Lima’s artistic landscape, MATE will share its vast collection through exhibitions, programs and publications. MATE’s building is located on Pedro de Osma Avenue a few blocks away from Parque Municipal and “Puente de los Suspiros”, renowned for its great cultural tradition and architectural beauty. This nineteenth century Republican townhouse underwent a ten-month renovation and refurbishment – a project designed by architect de Augusto de Cossío- to establish itself as a new cultural reference within the district and city landscape. MATE, Asociación Mario Testino is a non-profit cultural organization focused on the work of the photographer Mario Testino. After 35 years living abroad, it was the personal desire of the artist to bring the largest collection of his work to Lima, his hometown, in contribution to the cultural heritage of Peru.