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Colorful Barranco

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Monday, October 5, 2009

Barranco, one of three heroic cities/districts to Lima that to this day is as popular as it was centuries ago. The district of Barranco once known as San Jose de Surco has origins that date back to the Spanish colonial era. It is one of Lima's oldest districts with many of it's age old structures and sites still intact and well preserved.



I have always found comfort in walking through the streets of Barranco, there is this sense of tranquility that exists that I can't really explain (it's like going to the park on a nice summer day). The warm and vibrant colored buildings (the kind of striking primary colors that are almost taboo in the US) that bring the district to life and allows it to stand out from the common faded color scheme that plagues most of Lima. It is the perfect weekend escape that doesn't require you to risk your neck riding on an inter-provincial bus. The various architectural styles, the plentiful vegetation (trees!!!), the beautiful coast, and the overall atmosphere of a city that has been captured in time.

Here are some pictures from one of my trips to give you a better idea of what I am talking about.





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