People talking about Lima often go into raptures about Miraflores neighborhood. I agree. It is nice. BUT! Barranco neighborhood has lots to see and do as well. I like Barranco more than I like Miraflores.
Barranco offers different types of remarkable architectures, walls full of street art, parks full of monuments and art pieces and is packed with museums, galleries and arts and crafts shops. Hidden cafes, as well as famous restaurants, can be found along the way.
That is why you should not only visit the old town and Miraflores while in Lima. Go to Barranco for a day and make up your own mind. To not miss a thing, you can follow my self-guided walking tour around Barranco neighborhood.
Here is where you are going:
1. Parque Municipal 2. Museo de la Electricidad 3. MATE Museo Mario Testino 4. Museo Pedro de Osma 5. Plaza Chabuca Granda/ La Ermita 6. Puente de los Suspiros 7. Bajada de Baños 8. Artesanos Don Bosco/ El Portico/ El Muelle/ Canta Rana 9. Av. Saenz Peña 10. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
Starting Point: Metro Bus Station Bulevar (Line C)
Ending Point: Metro Bus Station Plaza Las Flores (Line C)
Distance: about 4 km
1. Parque Municipal
Just a short walk away from the metro station Bulevar, you find the main square of the neighborhood Barranco. It’s a green square with fountains and statues surrounded by the municipal library, the catholic cathedral and colonial buildings.
If you are lucky, you can see some street performances here.
2. Museo de la Electricidad
Head down the street Av Pedro de Osma to visit the Electricity Museum. Here you can find out all about the history and today’s impact of electricity in Peru.
In front of the museum, you can see one of the last electrical trains of the country.
Website: Electricity Museum
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM, daily
Continue Av. Pedro de Osma until you see the MATE Museum on your left. MATE stands for Museo Mario Testing. Mario Testing is a Peruvian photographer. The museum is showing his work along with some temporary exhibitions of art. It “aims to bring Peruvian artists and culture to worldwide attention, while offering the best of international contemporary art and photography to audiences in Lima” (Source).
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 7 PM, Tuesday-Sunday
Entrance Fee: S/. 10*
4. Museo Pedro de Osma
Next to the Museo Mario Testing, you can head to another museum called Museo Pedro de Osma. Apparently this museum accommodates one of the best painting collections in Peru with its oldest pieces being from the 16th century. You can visit a paintings-, a sculpture-, a furniture-, a textile- and a silver art gallery in here.
Guided tours are available. At the moment of writing this, they take place at 10 AM, 11:45 AM, 1:30 PM (not on Sundays), 2:30 PM and 4:15 PM. Have a look at their website to find out about the current schedule.
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM, Tuesday to Sunday
Entrance Fee: S/. 20*
5. Plaza Chabuca Granda/La Ermita Church
Go back to the main square and head further to the square Plaza Chabuca Granda. Plaza Chabuca Granda is a square surrounded by a park. But not just a usual park, you will find many art pieces on the grass.
If you are up for a coffee, walk along the right side of the park (looking at the ocean) and find La Bodega Verde in a yard.
Head to the end of the park and find the cross, from here you can catch a glimpse at the Pacific Ocean.
Download the GPSMyCity App and get the article here.
When looking at the ocean, you will find a yellow church on your right which is called Iglesias La Ermita. According to a legend of the neighborhood, fishermen were lost in the fog of the ocean. They prayed to find their way back to shore when they suddenly saw a shining cross. This is how they found their way back to Lima. Ermita Church is situated right where they saw the cross.
6. Puente de los Suspiros
On your left you will find the famous bridge Puente de los Suspiros. This bridge is always the first thing that comes up when you research Barranco neighborhood. It is the landmark of the area and was built in 1876.
Apparently it’s an inspiration for artists and a popular place for couples.
Unfortunately I didn’t get the hype. I mean it looked nice but that’s about it. I liked the architecture in the background more. But make your own opinion when you get there.
You should also make a wish and cross the bridge without breathing. If you do so, your wish will become true.
7. Bajada de Baños
Looking down from the bridge, you can see an alley: La Bajada de Baños. It connects the Barranco neighborhood with the Pacific Ocean.
Along the walkway, there are a lot of restaurants and bars. It is the place to hang out in the district during the evening.
Anyway, going on a walking tour, you are probably there during the day. I recommend you to not just go down to the Pacific but look to your left and right. Barranco is just full of street art. My favorite part was a stair case to my left on la Bajada de Baños. Go further up the stairs and you will find many pieces of art on the walls.
Arriving on the top of the stairs, you can get another glimpse of the Pacific before heading down there.
Go back to Bajada de Baños and finally down to the Pacific Ocean. You will walk along the busy street Circuito de Playas. You can go down to the beach if weather permits or just observe surfers for a while. They are there wether it’s summer or winter.
8. Craft shops and lunch
You started your tour in the morning? You’re probably starving right now. Good places for lunch are El Muelle (Jr. Alfonso Ugarte) and Canta Rana (corner Jr. Alfonso Ugarte and Genova). I can recommend the Ceviche de champiñones from Canta Rana.
9. Avenida Saenz Peña
To get to your next place on your self-guided walking tour in Barranco, head down either Av. San Martin or Av. Almte. Miguel Grau.
Agenda Saenz Peña is a short promenade to find beautiful architecture. Huge mansions in European and Gothic style and art galleries are waiting for you. Small art pieces can bet found along the street as well.
If you want to visit a gallery, visit the art gallery on the promenade: Galeria de Arte Lucia de la Puente.
At the end of the promenade, you can find a bench to rest for a bit and enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. Forget that you are in the capital of the country of a few minutes.
The last place for your walking tour today is the MAC – the Contemporary Art Museum of the city. The museum opened in 2013 and hosts pieces of modern and contemporary art.
To get there follow Av. Almte. Miguel Grau, pass the stadium Estadio Municipal Jose Galvez Chipoco and the museum will be on your left.
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM, Tuesday to Sunday
Entrance Fee: S/. 10
Metro Bus Station: Plaza las Flores
Just walk down Jr. Buenaventura Aguirre. You will find the metro bus station there. If you still have time and want to see a market. Plaza de las Flores means square of flowers and you find a flower market (Mercado de flores) just around the corner.
*If you plan on visiting all MATE, MAC and Museo de Pedro de Osma, you can buy a ticket for all three museum at one at a cost of S/. 32. The ticket is valid for 10 days.
Which places in Barranco would you love to visit?
If you liked the post, please share on Pinterest, simply by clicking the Pinterest logo when hovering the image. Thanks for sharing.