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Barranco and Miraflores, Lima

Lima is a huge metropolis of over 11 million people, comprised of 43 municipal districts. Of those, only 3 would be of any interest to a foreign visitor. The historic center of Lima is obviously one. The other two are Barranco and Miraflores, hugging the coast in the southern part of the city.

Barranco is a relatively laid-back Bohemian district, with many colorful buildings, art galleries, coffee shops, and enchanting walking paths.
Barranco, Lima
Barranco, Lima
Barranco, Lima
Barranco, Lima
Barranco, Lima
Barranco, Lima
Barranco, Lima
Barranco, Lima
Murals are a frequent feature of Barranco streets and houses.
Barranco, Lima
Barranco, Lima
Barranco, Lima
Barranco, Lima
An obligatory picture of a love-lock fence.
Barranco, Lima
Barranco is also home to possibly the most impressive museum in Lima, Pedro de Osma.
Museo Pedro de Osma, Barranco, Lima
The museum’s main collection displays viceregal art – that is, art created in Spanish New World viceroyalties, of which Peru was one, between the 16th and 19th centuries – in a gorgeous early-20th-century mansion.
Museo Pedro de Osma, Barranco, Lima
Museo Pedro de Osma, Barranco, Lima
Museo Pedro de Osma, Barranco, Lima
There are also compact but impressive separate spaces given to pre-Columbian arts and crafts as well as Peruvian silverworks.
Museo Pedro de Osma, Barranco, Lima
Museo Pedro de Osma, Barranco, Lima
Museo Pedro de Osma, Barranco, Lima
Museo Pedro de Osma, Barranco, Lima
A coastal perspective of Lima Bay from a viewpoint at the edge of Barranco.
Barranco, Lima
The month of May in the Southern Hemisphere – even if just 12° south of the equator – is too cold for the beach. But this is also early morning on a Sunday; the only visible activity besides the vehicular traffic are a few surfers.

You can also see that it is pretty foggy. That is standard par for the course in Lima – foggy in the morning, clearing up by midday.

The district of Miraflores is the most tourist-oriented in terms of hotel accommodations, restaurants, and shopping. I spent a bit of time exploring the precincts closest to my hotel but mostly without the camera. On my guided tour of the city, prior to going to the historic center, we stopped by one of the main attractions in the area: the chain of oceanside parks called Malecón de Miraflores, headlined by the Parc Güell-like Parque del Amor and its kissing statue.
Miraflores, Lima
Miraflores, Lima
Miraflores, Lima
Miraflores, Lima
Miraflores, Lima
This is the best illustration of the thick morning fog by the Lima waterfront.
Lima
One other relatively major point of interest in Miraflores is the huge archaeological site of Huaca Pucllana. None of the exterior pictures of it that I took are worth presenting here, and I did not plan on going in to see the site in anticipation of many other archaeological sites on my Peruvian itinerary. I am fairly positive that my general feeling that I have seen pretty much all there is to see in Lima does not lose any validity with that omission.

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