Barranco Walk (Self Guided), Lima

South of the center of Lima is the beautiful seaside neighborhood of Barranco. This is one of the oldest and smallest parts of the city and its many opulent colonial and Republican style homes were built as summer retreats for Lima's wealthy elite. Since the end of the 19th century, Barranco has also been known as a bohemian enclave, attracting numerous artists. Some of the country's leading painters, sculptors, musicians and photographers live and work here.

Enjoy leisurely strolls around the area to marvel at the mansions, old churches and picturesque parks and plazas. Stop by the main plaza, where you will find many restaurants, bars and bistros. Take the alleyway down to the sea and walk across the Bridge of Sighs. According to local lore, a young woman from a wealthy family fell in love with a street cleaner, but their relationship was forbidden and her sighs could be heard from the bridge. Many young lovers come here for their first kiss.

The promenade near the beach is a terrific place for an evening meal, with views of the Pacific Ocean and wondering musicians performing while you dine. If you are in the mood to party, take your dancing feet over to one of the nightclubs or dancing clubs, known as peñas.
How it works: A discovery walk features a route using which you can explore a popular city neighborhood on your own. This walk, along with other self-guided walks in over 1,000 cities, can be found on the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app's built-in GPS navigation functions allow following this walk route with ease. The app works both online and offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Barranco Walk Map

Guide Name: Barranco Walk
Guide Location: Peru » Lima
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: MilaT

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