A day in Barranco, Lima

Trip Start Oct 27, 2012
Trip End Nov 02, 2012

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Barranco is a fantastic place to visit on a sunny day (if you're lucky) in Lima. There are lovely colonial buildings, churches, artisans workshops, museums, galleries, cafes, and restaurants to visit in addition to an old electric tram that you can take a ride on. There are lookouts with great ocean views and beautiful tree lined streets to explore. Barranco is Lima's bohemian district and shares many similarities to Valparaiso near Santiago, Chile. The highlight of Barranco is Puente de los Suspiros, a beautiful timber pedestrian bridge which crosses the 'bajada de baņos'. The bridge has a view out to the ocean and is surrounded by parks, restaurants and an old church that appears to be in the process of being restored. The location also used to have a funicular which conveyed passengers up and down the cliff to the beach. The funicular was in operation between 1896 and 1930. The upper station and funicular car still exist and there is some talk of restoring the service. If you come to Barranco make a day of it by planning a trip across the district and wander through the quiet tree lined backstreets and take the time to admire the beautiful colonial houses with their huge timber doors and windows all painted in different colours, be sure to not to miss Plaza de San Francisco or the Museum of Electricity where you'll learn all about Lima's hydro-electric system and if you can manage to pay the 20 soles entrance the Pedro de Osma Museum is an enormous house built in 1906 which is surrounded by gardens and contains a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, textiles, furniture and other art. Lastly all that walking will be sure to work up an appetite so as you walk down the 'bajada de baņos' you'll see Restaurante Javier on your right which serves fresh Peruvian cuisine and enjoys fantastic ocean views. Barranco district is easily reached by Lima's 'Bus Metropolitana' Rapid Bus Transitway which is a high speed bus way that runs up the middle of Lima's 'Via Expressa' highway. We began our walk at Estacion Balta and finished at Estacion Union.
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