Barranca is one of the provinces of Lima that can be visited at any time of the year. Its main tourist attractions are the beach circuits, on-site museums and its gastronomy. Barranca is a city where you can find peruvian handmade crafts. At the center of the city you can start the excursions to visiting the archaeological center of Caral which is considered the oldest civilization in America with more than 5000 years of history.
The climate in Barranca is warm and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 19 °C to 29 °C and is rarely below 18 °C or above 30°F.
The best times of year to visit Barranca for hot-weather activities are from early April to late July and from mid August to early September.
Hotels in Barranca
Barranca has different lodging and hotel options that operate throughout the year. From luxurious hotels with ocean views or pool included, to simple rooms in the city center. The variety of options will satisfy the needs of tourists and they will find a suitable place that fits their budgets. Most hotels in the city include shared lounges and bars, as well as free Wi-Fi.
Restaurantes & Bars in Barranca
In Barranca you can find a variety of restaurants where you can find the delicious ceviches as well as seafood rice. On the other hand you can also find other dishes like the traditional tiradito that receives an Asian and Peruvian influence bathed with aji panca.
The most tourist places in Barranca
● Sacred City of Caral: The 5000-year-old 626-hectare archaeological site of The Sacred City of Caral-Supe is located on a desert terrace overlooking the green valley of the Supe river. Is the oldest centre of civilization in the Americas. Exceptionally well-preserved, the site is impressive in terms of its design and the complexity of its architectural, especially its monumental stone and earthen platform mounts and sunken circular courts.
● Plaza de Armas: It has a simple infrastructure, in tribute to the districts.
● Museo Bolivariano: This is a museum dedicated to one of the liberators of Peru, Simon Bolivar. From this place in Pativilca, the liberator began to plan the wave of independence of Peru.
● Fortaleza de Paramonga: It’s a construction in pyramidal form, of the time of the Chimu culture. Even though it is called a fortress it is known that it also had a sacred space very similar to what today is Pachacamac. Construction made completely of adobes and it has three levels, it is mentioned that the superior enclosures are constructions made by the Inca.
● La Casa de las Brujas: This is the Paramonga guest house and was used to host the former officials. With the passing of the years the legend arose that witches met in that place; Its gloomy atmosphere at the time and the shape of its ceiling that look like witch hats influenced it to earn the name of the House of Witches.
● Beaches: The beaches circuit is one of the main tourist attractions in Barranca. There are Chorrillos beach, Miraflores beach, Puerto Chico beach, El Colorado, La Bandurria and Atarraya, La Isla del Faraón, Caleta Vidal, Pucusana, Quitacalzón, Viño Chico and others.
Important dates in Barranca
● February 8 - Fiesta de la Virgen de Lourdes en Barranca, Religious and social festival in honor of the patron saint of Barranca. It includes gastronomic fairs, and musical shows.
● Semana Santa (Holy week): Processions are held and several districts of Barranca prepare a lot of socio-cultural activities, handmade crafts and gastronomic fairs, among other musical and traditional activities.
● Since April 29 to May 2 The festival of the three crosses: Is a religious procession that includes music, dances and fireworks for 2 days in a row.
● October 5- Anniversary of Barranca: A program of activities is carried out, including gastronomic and artisan festivals.
How to move around Barranca?
There are 2 options to get around in Barranca, you can travel by public transport or by taxi:
● Public bus: It is the cheapest way to get around the city. Rates can vary from s/. 1 to s/. 3 for short distances. To get around by this means you have to investigate the bus routes.
● Taxi: A faster and safer way to travel. The rates are a little higher, varying from s/.5 and depending on the length or time it took to arrive.
How to reach Barranca?
Barranca by bus: The distance between Barranca and Lima is 189.7 km and the journey takes 3 to 4 hours.
Gastronomy in Barranca
Here are some dishes you must try in Barranca
- Tacu tacu de mariscos
- Parihuela de cangrejo
- Meneao de pavo
- Los tamales de Supe
- La salchicha supana.
- Alfajores, turrones, alfeñiques, buñuelos and stuffed figs.
Things to buy in Barranca
The Peruvian souvenir and gifts you can buy are:
- Salchicha supana
- Los “alfeñiques” o "melcocha",
Barranca, limits to the north east with Ancash; to the south with Huaura; and, to the west with the Pacific Ocean. It has a population of almost 65 thousand. It was initially created as a district in 1823, and 161 years later, on October 5, 1984; it passed to the category of province. Barranca is composed of 5 provinces: Supe Pueblo, Supe Puerto, Barranca, Pativilca and Paramonga
Lima and Barranca Terminals
● La Victoria Terminal (Av. Bausate y Meza).
● La Victoria Terminal (Av. Paseo de la República).
● Terminal Plaza Norte.
● Terminal Barranca
Bus operators of the route Lima to Barranca
● Movil Bus
● Nuevo Turismo Barranca
● Trans Sol Barranca
● Turismo Cavassa
● Turismo Paramonga
In Barranca you will find culture and history visiting the site museums and Caral, the oldest city in America. In addition to enjoying the beaches, you can take advantage of creating a gastronomic route, you will not regret it!