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Off the Beaten Path in Barranco

Posted on 8/14/2018 12:01:00 PM in Traveler Insights

As Karen discovered in Lima’s Barranco district, sometimes it pays to explore lesser-known areas in world-famous cities.

By Karen C., 3-time traveler from Novato, CA

If you have a free afternoon while in bustling Lima, Peru, a delightful outing in Barranco gives you a glimpse of a tranquil area off the beaten path, a sharp contrast to the bustling nature of the rest of the city.

We walked to the Pacific Ocean along Ave Julio 28 in the Miraflores district where we were staying. Then we turned left and strolled along the Malecon, gazing at the beautiful water. We passed dogs and their owners, a group of young boys playing guitar, and older people out for the day. After an easy half hour walk, we ended up in Barranco, a charming seaside district filled with brightly-colored bungalows, interesting restaurants, and great people watching.

It was a beautiful day and we lazily ambled along the street and came to the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs) where we took a windy passageway to a sea lookout. There we were taken by surprise by a couple of singers who serenaded us with a great rendition of “La Bamba”!

We ended the day at a local restaurant where we ordered a hearty Peruvian soup and some of the best ceviche ever served with pickled onions, sweet corn, banana chips, sweet potatoes, and nuts.

Spending an afternoon in Barranco was a delight with many little restaurants and shops to discover, parks to savor, and even a small museum of modern art with wonderful sculptures in front. Once you reach the Barranco area, it's all right there on the main drag! This out-of-the-way part of Lima was a real find and a great way to spend one of our free afternoons.

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