Barranco was the first neighborhood in which I stayed in Lima. After seeing that LAN airlines added a non-stop to Lima from SFO, my wife, Yina, and I decided to scout Lima. Our first stop through was just 3 nights on our way to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
I returned, however, and spent more time exploring this very hip, Bohemian-feeling neighborhood. It’s also a short (15-20) minute walk along the coast and around the way to the most famous Lima neighborhood for visitors, Miraflores. I ended up spending about a week and a half in an apartment in Miraflores, and will write about that stay in the future.
- Where we Stayed: 3B Barranco’s Bed & Breakfast
- Amazing Sandwiches: Monstruos (Basically across the street from the B&B)
- Awesome Ceviche (and so inexpensive): El Muelle
- Very cool bar: Ayahuasca
- Another good bar: Santos
- Criollo Food: El Tio Mario
- The Center of Barranco, including a nice church next to a market with stands of local goods
- Access to Metros: Estacion Balta & Estacion Boulevard
- Bar Street: Betwen Estacion Boulevard and the center (
See below for my saved map of the area (click the link to visit the full map). I always love it when I can visit a place that not only has lots of good food and drink for cheap – for example, I ordered a Sopa a la Criolla, Lomo Saltado, and a Large Cristal Beer for 12 Soles (about $4) at local restaurants – but is walkable. Lima itself is sprawling and expansive, and you’ll need transportation to get from district to district. But, you’re good to go if you decide to stick around and really get to know the Barranco neighborhood (and even parts of Miraflores) as the walk is easy, interesting, and fun.
My next post will expand on our stay in Barranco and the vibe of these places (and more) and the Barranco district in general.