With a population of almost 11 million, Lima is Peru’s biggest and busiest city. It is also seen as the gateway to the country, with regular flights coming and going each day, often used as a quick stopover on the way to other places. However, with the development of Barranco, among other factors, this is quickly changing.
After an hour’s car journey – passing some Peruvian drivers that rival the Italian roads – we arrived in Barranco, one of the 43 districts that make up Lima. An array of bright colours flood this area, making it incredibly popular with locals and tourists alike. Historically, the neighbourhood was a beach spot, with most wealthy Peruvians owning a beach house to escape to in the summer months. Over the past 15 to 20 years, these somewhat derelict mansions have been restored, giving this area a huge injection of life and personality, and making it extremely cool.