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Barranco

Barranco, Lima, Peru

The Basics

The heart of the neighborhood is Plaza San Francisco, where you’ll find the Church and Convent of Saint Francis as well as a variety of cafes, galleries, bars, and restaurants. Head downhill toward the waterfront, and you'll find fantastical murals, a popular sunset lookout point, and bars and restaurants that stay open late.

Barranco is full of footpaths and is best explored on a walking or biking tour. You can opt for half- or full-day tours, or combine a visit to Barranco with a stop in the upscale Miraflores shopping district or the nearby Pachacamac Archaeological Center.

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Lima Bike Tour Miraflores - Barranco + Huaca Pucllana!
Lima Bike Tour Miraflores - Barranco + Huaca Pucllana!
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$30.77 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Bike Tour
Giancarlo was an excellent guide! I had a great time. I was the only person on the tour and it was very personable. He also gave me recon for the rest of my stay in Lima! Would definitely do this tour again.
Crystal_R, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Lima

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Alexandra is the best!
Cheyenne_S, Dec 2021
Miraflores, Barranco & San Isidro Tour (Small Group)
We really enjoyed our tour! Alexandra is engaging and passionate about Peruvian history! Her positive energy was just what we needed to explore Lima :-)
star-4
Nice bike trip.
David_L, Dec 2021
Lima Bike Tour Miraflores - Barranco + Huaca Pucllana!
We had a nice time on the bike trip. Learned a lot about Lima. Guide was terrific and smart. Bikes were a little old and run down. Need a tune up.
star-5
Spectacular experience
Corey_W, Nov 2021
Barranco and Cena buffet con show de Caballos de Paso
Amazing experience. City Tour with extremely knowledgeable tour guide, native dancers incredible, Dpaso decor and food wonderful, the horse show unbelievable.
star-5
Good food
Marvin_C, Nov 2021
5 iconic restaurants of Lima a 3-hour guided food tour in Barranco
Alejandro was a great guide. He knows a lot of Peruvian history. The food choices were very good. The only down side was too much food, but it was a good evening. Perhaps try smaller portions,
star-5
Fabulous
maria_g, Jul 2021
Magic Fountains Park & Bohemian Barranco - Evening tour (Small Group)
My tour guide Susan was fabulous. She was very informative about the history of the area. The fountains are incredible. I encourage everyone to go even if they’ve been to the Bellagio. Barranco looked like a lot of fun and I would’ve like to spend a couple hours there.
star-5
One of the best food tours I’ve done!
Tim_W, Nov 2020
Walking Food Tour in Barranco District (Small Group)
Excellent walk through Barranco, a rather bohemian section of Lima, and great stops for food! We definitely did not go away hungry. Great local dishes and interesting Amazonian fruits served while enjoying some of the best views in the city. Highly recommend!
star-4
Worth Doing
NTF715, Aug 2019
Lima Bike Tour on Miraflores and Barranco Bay
This is an interesting tour covering the nicer neighbourhoods of Lima (Miraflores & Barranco). A reasonable level of fitness is required as there are some small inclines and you will need to be confident in the parts that you share the road with traffic. Lima drivers are not the most patient.... Manolo was a nice guy and was knowledgeable.
star-4
Loved the tour with Nicolas
Zalman_V, Jan 2022
Lima Bike Tour Miraflores - Barranco + Huaca Pucllana!
Nicolas was our tour guide and was very professional and knowledgeable. There is a good amount of traffic in Lima, but we all felt safe with Nicolas who guided us safely throughout our tour. It was a very pleasant ride through very nice neighborhoods and picturesque streets. The only recommendation would be for the owner of the bikes, as the seats are uncomfortable and mine even had a chunk torn off. Had the seats been a better quality, I’d give the review 5 stars. Nicolas, however, deserves 5 stars!! Would recommend to anyone as an intro to the nicer parts of Lima.
star-5
Fun and informative tour!!
SunnyV, Jun 2021
Lima Bike Tour on Miraflores and Barranco Bay
It was a fun and informative tour. Nicholas knew a lot about the area and was very good. It was great riding along the shore, perfect tour to visit many different sites in only a few hours. We had a lot of fun!!!!
star-5
Fascinating Tour
Elizabeth_W, Mar 2020
Artsy Barranco + Lima City Tour & Catacombs Museum (Small Group)
Excellent guide very informative and educational. I highly recommend this tour. The guide answered all my questions and explained everything in great detail.
star-5
Great Intro to Lima
Marjorie_S, Mar 2020
Miraflores, Barranco & San Isidro Tour (Small Group)
This tour, which combined driving and walking, covered five districts of Lima. It was amazing! From an olive tree park to views from the highest point in Lima. Our guide, Lucas, was very knowledgeable and our driver was professional. It provided us with a great introduction to a very interesting city! Highly recommend.
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Night tour of Lima
travis, Jan 2020
Magic Fountains Park & Bohemian Barranco - Evening tour (Small Group)
Lukas was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable about the historical sites we visited and any questions about Peru that we asked. I recommend Him.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The neighborhood is arranged on a slope; wear comfortable shoes if you plan to explore.

  • Barranco is full of photo ops, so bring a camera if you want to capture the brightly painted colonial buildings and colorful street art.

  • The neighborhood hosts a variety of street fairs and music festivals.

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How to Get There

Barranco is located on Lima’s coast, south of Miraflores and north of Chorrillos. To reach the area via public transportation, take the Ruta Troncal line of the city’s electric express bus, El Metropolitano.

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When to Get There

Barranco is a neighborhood that offers plenty of daytime activities as well as vibrant nightlife. The neighborhood hosts street fairs and music festivals nearly every weekend. Lima is temperate for much of the year, but summers can be extremely hot, and winters feel colder than you’d think based on the average temperatures. A dense morning fog rolls in from December to April.

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Barranco for Art Lovers

Famous for its independent art scene, Barranco also has outstanding museums. The Lima Contemporary Art Museum (MAC Lima) features modern and contemporary local and international art dating from 1950 onward. The Pedro de Osma Museum, housed in an early 20th-century mansion with lovely gardens, has one of Peru’s best painting collections. Museo Mario Testino (MATE) displays the famous Peruvian fashion photographer’s works alongside images by some international artists.

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