A paradise at the end of the cliff
An old windmill give us the welcome. Many years ago this district was known as "Ciudad de los Molinos" (city of windmills), nowadays there is only one, which like a giant of Don Qixote, cares the entrance of this town. It was born at the end of a cliff and its spectacular landscape was the inspirations of writers, poets, singers and artists that left part of his live in this magic place called Barranco.
A district frozen in time
Barranco is located in southern Lima, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is next to Miraflores. It's the most traditional district in Lima, its atmosphere is more peaceful and quiet than any other, for this reason people says it's the escape of the modernity.
The district of Barranco was officially established on the 26th of October 1874 and it's the second smallest district of Lima. Originally it was inhabited by fishermen, although many years later it became an exclusive bay of Lima.
In 1881 Barranco was invaded by Chilean troops during the Pacific War. This district was badly damaged. But some years later (at the beginning of the 20th century) like a Fenix Bird It recovered from the war and It became as shelter of writers, poets, singers and artists.
The best moment of Barranco was In the 19th-century, it was a very fashionable beach resort for the aristocracy, and many wealthy limeños used to spend the summer here. They built residences, houses and ranches with European style. Nowadays, Barranco's beaches are popular to practice surfing and others aquatic sports.
Walking through the past
A perfect point to start a tour through Barranco is the Parque Municipal. There is the 'Biblioteca Municipal de Barranco' (Municipal Library of Barranco), built at the end of the 19th century. In former times it was the municipality; Just opposite of the Park is the 'Iglesia de la Santisima Cruz'
Library of Barranco
Only a few metres there is a beautiful walkway to the sea that runs through Barranco, called the Bajada de los Baños. The walkway is bordered on both sides by old and beautiful houses.
Bajada de baños
Barranco has many houses in the colonial and Republican style (called "casonas"), flower-filled parks, streets, beachfront areas. One of the most important museums is "Pedro de Osma", which hosts one of the best collections of colonial art and is itself one of Barranco's best kept examples of late-19th century architectural style. The district includes numerous restaurants, nightclubs, discos, bars and peñas, where one can appreciate Peruvian music shows.
Ayahuasca Home, (during the day is and old House , at night is a pub)
New buildings (borderline between Miraflores and Barranco)
The predilect point to enjoy the lanscape is "El Mirador of Barranco". It's a viewpoint place constructed in 1988 at the edge of the cliff. Since this place is possible to see the most beautiful sunset and sunrise. An ideal place for lovers.
Walking to "El Mirador"
"Mirador de Barranco"
Landscape since "El Mirador" (during the day)
Landscape (at night)
Love in the bridge
"The person, who makes a wish and then crosses the bridge for the first time without taking a breath, will have his wish fulfilled". It says the tradition.
"The bridge of sighs" - during the day
The legend tell us that a rich man's daughter lived in one of these grand houses, She fell in love with a lowly street sweeper. Her father forbade the union, and she lived out her days as a spinster, waiting at her window for a glimpse of her beloved. Those who walked across the bridge could hear her plaintive sighs. Since that moment the bridge was called "The bridge of sighs" (Puente de los suspiros).
"The bridge of sighs" - at night
The bridge was built in 1876 was inaugurated on the 14th of February as a symbol of Love.More than 130 years this bridge has been a silent witness of many romances, many stories of love has been written on that wood.
Initially "the bridge of sighs" had 44 metres long and 3 metres wide, but The Pacific War and earthquakes damaged the bridge so It had to be repaired several times and was cut down in the middle of the 20th century to its actual length of 31 m.
The bridge inspired a famous song entitled "Bridge of Sighs". It was made by the composer and singer Chabuca Granda. She was a "barranquina" (from Barranco district) and one of the most representatives peruvian women in the world. She wrote many songs called "valses criollos". Her great song was "La flor de la Canela".
On the far side of the bridge is a park with a statue of Barranco's famous singer and composer, Chabuca Granda.
Chabuca Granda's house
Barranco was home of artist: Mario Vargas Llosa lived in Barranco, nowadays his house is a building, but he still has one flat there; Julio Ramon Riberyo, the best writer of short stories; Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Martín Adán, greatest writers, even César Vallejo, considered as one of the most vanguardist of the poetry was attracted by this charming place.
Old house (at night is an exclusive restaurant)
In Barranco you can breath tradition, history, culture and love. Standing up in front of the sea I could understand why writers, poets, and artists chose this district as his favourite place.