Day 32 | Thursday, November 24, 2016
After just 3 days back in the office Steve has the day off. It is kind of nice because they don’t observe Thanksgiving in South America as it is a US holiday so we have full run of all that Lima has to offer today. When we first landed in Peru, Steve met a guy in his company’s San Isidro office that gave us a whole list of things we should do and see all over Peru. One of his recommendations was to tour the Barranco district of Lima. I noticed when I was booking our free Cusco walking tour that the same company also offers a free tour of Barranco. So, I have scheduled a tour for this afternoon. We are walking from our apartment in San Isidro district to Miraflores district (about an hour walk). From there we are getting brave and hopping on a bus and heading to the Barranco district. We are starting our tour out at the main plaza. Then along the walkway that stretches from the center of the district all the way down to the beach. Back up the walkway and over the Bridge of Sighs to a park with some typical Barranco graffiti. Continuing on our way through the streets past several colonial and Republican style homes. Then on to the San Jose Obradoiro Parish of Barranco and finally returning to the main plaza and ending our tour at La Santísima Cruz Parish. Happy Thanksgiving!
The Barranco district was once a fashionable beach resort for Lima’s aristocracy. Barranco has sandy beaches unlike other surrounding areas. The cliffs of the neighboring district of Chorrillos shield Barranco from colder and more humid winds coming from the South creating a micro-climate that is warmer and drier than many of the other districts of Lima. Today it is the home and work place of many of Peru’s leading artists, musicians, designers, and photographers. The district has a very artistic and bohemian feel. The homes and restaurants in the area are built around a ravine and along a cliff overlooking the ocean. There is a walkway that stretches from the heart of the district all the way down to the beach called Bajada de los Baños. Crossing over this walkway is Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs) which was built in 1876. The streets are filled with many beautiful examples of colonial and Republican style homes although many of them have not been well maintained. A relaxed and quieter area of Lima during the day, its many restaurants, bars, and clubs come alive once the sun goes down.