Barranco is a mix of bohemian, historic, and run down, but the area along the coast is the most charming of Lima's neighborhoods, thanks to its architectural treasures and ocean views. Travelers and locals alike come for art exhibitions, concerts or folk dancing performances, and high-quality handicrafts. It also has Lima’s best boutique hotels.
On weekend nights, Barranco is a magnet for young people who come to carouse in its bars. Sleepy during the day, the neighborhood comes to life around sunset, when its central square and nearby streets begin filling up.
Founded toward the end of the 19th century, Barranco was where wealthy Limeños built their summer residences. The streetcar line that once connected it to El Centro brought crowds of beachgoers on weekends and holidays. The view proved so irresistible that some built huge mansions on the cliffs above the sea. Many of these have fallen into disrepair, but little by little they are being renovated.