jueves, 21 de septiembre de 2017

What to do in Barranco: Alternative Art

In the previous post we discovered some of the best known art galleries in Barranco, although there is also an "alternative" circuit for those who want to enjoy the work of some of most promising young Peruvian artists, at a reasonable price.

Artists who due to lack of contacts, or bad luck perhaps, are not in the showcase of a more elitist audience. Let's discover some initiatives that are also available in the district.

Gato Tulipan 

Gato Tulipán is a cultural association established six years ago by a group of artists of different nationalities united by the same goal, creating new itinerant artistic spaces where art can break down the barrier of exclusion through different artistic manifestations, highlighting the sculpture, painting, installation and music.

From year 2016 they settled in an old house Barranquina located in Bajada de Baños 350, with the purpose of creating a cultural center where offering  in a same space different proposals.

The place has an exhibition hall, designed to spread the art in different disciplines such as painting, sculpture, photography, performance or music through exhibitions, recitals and workshops; a gallery shop, displaying an interesting selection of products such as jewelry, sculpture, clothing, or photography.

They also have and a music room in charge of the A.I.D.E.M music academy where piano, guitar and percussion classes are taught. This association also has a small bar where they offer coffees, craft beers or drinks into an atmosphere of art and music. SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri 10.00 to 20.00. Sat 10:00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Telephone: (+51) 957284447/957352824. Facebook.

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Arte a tu alcance (Auction Art at your reach)

Last March took place 5th edition of 'Art Auction to your Reach' on Dada's Restaurant terrace, a place composed of a patio and several rooms located inside a colonial house.

In this initiative the works of more than 25 artists of recognized trajectory, as well as young promises of the contemporary plastic, highlights of which were  pieces of different formats: drawing, painting, silkscreen, photography, sculptures and objects. All of them, for a special price which the aim of making art more accessible.

Some of the artists who participated in the previous date were Ramiro Llona, Piero Quijano, Alfredo Márquez, Jorge Cabieses, Alice Wagner, Huanchaco, Evelyn Merino-Reyna Buchanan, Joaquín Liebana, Jorge Caparó, among others.

Cesar Caycho
El Oso Polar Azul
Art Print
Measures 40cm x 54 cm

Christian Bendayan
Printing on cotton paper
Measures 50 cm x 70 cm

Arte Urbano (Urban art) / Las Paredes Hablan (Walls Talk)

The streets of Barranco are also an excellent canvas for urban artists, and the contest “Walls Talk” was the first opportunity of the current mayor Antonio Mezarina, to offer them a space where they could expose themselves.

Although there are great muralists such as Elliot Tupac, or 'Jade' Rivera (who won the first prize of this contest last year), the lack of support from the Municipality of Lima - famous for erasing a large number of street graffiti - makes these artists have to exhibit much of their creations in neighboring countries like Chile or Colombia.

Fortunately for the admirers of these paintings, Peru is positioning itself step by step among the reference countries of the southern cone.

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what to do in Barranco, Alternative Art Barranco

Barranco Open Studios

The first edition of the Open Studios Barranco took place on April 16 and 17, 2016, an initiative that has been developing successfully in other countries, and which consists of opening the doors of the workshops of artists working in this district.

Between the works we will find painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, fashion, design, cinema, music or photography, of more than 70 artists.

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If after walking among the galleries Barranco you fancy something to drink, we invite you to know in the next post some of the nightclubs of the district.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
September 2017

miércoles, 20 de septiembre de 2017

What to do in Barranco: Galleries

If you enjoy art you're in luck! Barranco is one of the best places in Lima to appreciate the works of famous but also young artists from all over the country. Furthermore, you have an extra: all the art galleries in the district are relatively close between them. In this map you can see what I'm talking about.

Lucía de la Puente Galllery

This gallery can be considered as a classic within the art circuit of Barranco. Located in the heart of the district, Saénz Peña 206, this place is ubicated since 1995 in a beautiful white house on two floors. 

According to its website, the main objetive of the gallery is to promoting Peruvian artists of recognized trajectory, managing the work and promoting the insertion of young values ​​in artistic circuits, thus collaborating with the diffusion of contemporary art reaching a wider audience. 

The gallery also has a small shop with small format works of art. SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri 11.00 a 19.00. 3:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phone: +51 (01) 477 9740 or (01) 477 0237. Facebook.

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what to do in Barranco, Galleries in Barranco, art in Barranco, Lucia de la Puente Galery

Yvonne Sanguinetti Galery

Yvonne Sanguenitti Galery its very close to the previous gallery (just a few meters, Av. Grau 810), whose mission is to develop activities linked to the dissemination of Peruvian artists, promotion and art advice, as well as the sale of works of art, among which are painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and engraving. 

It also has a shop where you can buy works of art smaller format. SCHEDULE: Mon-Sat 11.00 to 20.00. Phone: +51 (01) 247 2999. Facebook.

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Also very close to the two previous ones (Paseo Saénz Peña 295) is Dédalo Gallery, which in addition to having permanent exhibition halls, has a beautiful store where you can find handicrafts from various places in Peru, mainly form Cusco and Ayacucho.

Established in an old and large mansion, stands out the beautiful interior patio with its popular terrace, where you can taste cafes, sanguches, pizzas and concert nights. 

In their Facebook usually announce these events, like the Wednesday of pizza, and other performances in which they include Dj's, national chefs, among other activities. SCHEDULE: Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Telephone: +51 (01) 652 5398.

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80 M2 Livia Benavides Gallery

This gallery is located in a large house in front of Barranco's Malecón (Malecon Pazos 252) and is specialized in contemporary Peruvian art and its dynamics with the international scene.

According to his website, he is characterized by representing conceptual artists with an interest in both political and social reflection. They are also distinguished for supporting experimentation and risk, through conversations, publications and discussion boards. SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri 09.30 to 19.00. 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Info: galeria@80m2galeria.com. Phone: +51 (01) 252 9246. Facebook.

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Galería del Barrio

We did not want to close this post without mentioning Galería del Barrio (Gallery of the Neighborhood), which although it is not in Barranco, is in the neighboring district of Chorrillos (Between Av. Huaylas y Restaunrat El Hornero).

Like its predecessors, it is housed in a beautiful house and is characterized by a collection of contemporary artists such as Cherman and vintage art objects. What stands out most of this place and its works are the color and a sympathy not disguised by chicha art (or popular Peruvian art).

You can also find old furniture restored and painted in bright colors. SCHEDULE: Tue-Sat 11.00 a 19.00. Sun 12.00 to 19.00. Telephone: +51 (01) 251 9111. Facebook.

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With this post we wanted to tell you which are the best known art galleries of the district, however, there is an alternative circuit that can not be found in a traditional guide. Stay tuned to our next post.

Francisco, Peru Travels Blog
September 2017

miércoles, 13 de septiembre de 2017

What to do in Barranco: Museums

Few years ago, Barranco increased its list of museums with some 'international' museums as Mario Testino Museum (MATE), or the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), which shows some of the best works of the renowned Peruvian fashion photographer - in the first case - and several of the most famous contemporary artists - in the second.

Let us now go quickly these spaces and some of the exhibition halls that have also increased their number in the district due to (let's say) its recognition as a bohemian and fashionable neighborhood among the new generation of young artists from Lima.

Mario Testino Museum (MATE)

According to MATE website, this beautiful area, located in the limits of Barranco and Chorrillos, was founded in 2012 by Mario Testino, as a non-profit institution with the aim of contributing to Peru, improving and promoting its legacy and culture on either sides of the border.

In this regards, the institution offers help to emerging Peruvian artists, who live abroad, and annually invites to Peruvian photographer to London in order to participate in a six-week residency program at the Delfina Foundation. The exterior of the Museum, has been the stage of many presentations - news and consecrated artists - and avant-garde musical bands.

In the permanent collection we will find photographs of muses of Mario Testino: Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen, and the latest photos that were taken to the Princess Diana of Wales.

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You can also visit the collection of portraits of Peruvian natural Cusco, called Alta Moda, which investigated the traditions and the history of photography in Peru. SCHEDULE: Tue-Sat 11:00 a.m. at 8:00 p.m. General admission S / 15, S / 5 (students), S / 10 (over 65 years). For children under 12 years old, admission is free. Adress: Av. Pedro de Osma 409. Telephone: +51 (01) 200 5400. facebook.com/MuseoMATE/

* There is a ticket with which you can visit 3 museums: MATE, MOsma and MAC available in all this 3 musems by S / 32.

Pedro de Osma Museum (MOsma)

On the same avenue, close to the Mario Testino Museum, we can find this museum that has been raised in an outstanding beau arts mansion owned from the deceased philanthropist and collector Pedro de Osma Gildemeister.

Inside, we will visit one of the most important collections of Peruvian art, especially with Cusco and Ayacucho crafts, composed of paintings, altarpieces, religious figures, jewelry, among others.

According to their website, after the death of the patriarch of the family, their heirs create Pedro and Angelica of Osma Foundation, which has - among other objectives - the mission of preserving, investigating and disclosing the Pedro de Osma's collection through tradional strategies and technological resources.

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Moreover, the Foundation promotes appreciation of the Peruvian viceroyal art; promoting knowledge and study of the viceroyal culture; and developing artistic talents and creative dialogues with local communities. SCHEDULE: Tue-Sun 10 am to 6 pm. General admission S / 20, S / 10 (students), S / 10 (over 65 years). Av. Pedro de Osma 421. Phone: +51 (01) 467 0063. Free guided tours: 10.00; 11.45; 13.30 (not available on Sundays); 14.30; and 16.15. Facebook.

Museum of Comtemporay Art (MAC)

"This year the collections have increased with the incorporation of recent works from national and international masters, we already have a library and documentation center with more than 7,000 volumes, exhibitions of famous foreign and Peruvian artists, lectures, workshops, colloquiums, art courses, fairs and lounges, and other activities are scheduled, which details can be found on the museum website".

With these words, director of MAC, Álvaro Roca-Rey, describes some features of this space of characteristic of Barranco, that was inaugurated in 2013 in Av. Grau 1511.

MAC has an important collection of modern and contemporary art - national and international - dating from 1950.

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Inside their facilities and the extensive outdoor space covered with lawn, takes places all kinds of events: concerts, comic book fairs, courses, presentations of major brands, children's birthday, among others. SCHEDULE: Tue-Sun 10 am to 6 pm. General admission S / 10, S / 6 (students and over 65). Sundays admission is free for canyoning. Av. Grau 1511. Telephone: +51 (01) 514 6800. Contact: contacto@maclima.pe. facebook.com/museomaclima/

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Museum of Electricity

Near to Plaza de Barranco (or Municipal Park) we'll find a free modest museum that although it is not so "spectacular" their predecessors, it contains an interesting collection of machines, models or electrical equipment that describes the history of the Peruvian energy development.

Its striking front is a current work from the artist Carlos Pinao (August 2016) in honor of Santiago Antunez de Mayolo. It was sponsored by the Council of Science and Technology of Peru (CONCYTEC, by its acronym in spanish) . SCHEDULE: Mon-Sun 09.00 to 17.00. Free entrance. Av. Pedro de Osma 105. Telephone: +51 (01) 477 6577. Contact: museoelectri@speedy.com.pe. Facebook (unofficial)

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In the next post we will see some of the art galleries that have been proliferating in Barranco.

Francisco, Peru Travels Blog
September 2017

martes, 12 de septiembre de 2017

Things to see in Barranco: Walking

As we announced in the previous post, we have been progressing step by step the city of Lima through its Historic Center and its religious buildings; Miraflores and its trendy locals; it's time to arrive to one of the most beautiful districts of the city: Barranco.

I think we can say without fear of being confused that it is also the most peculiar district because of its architecture, its nightlife and some of the personalities that populate its streets. Barranco is a must-see in any tour that you want to do in Lima: here you will find restaurants, entertainment venues and exhibition halls that have nothing to envy to major European cities.

Visitors who come by taxi can arrive at Plaza de Barranco (also known as Parque Municipal). From Miraflores by taxi 'non safe' should not charge more than S/ 7 and no more than S/ 12 if you come from somewhere in San Isidro. If you use mobile apps like Uber, TaxiBeat or EasyTaxi the price should not be a couple of Soles above.

El Parque de Barranco was inaugurated on February 13, 1898, and has the shape of any plaza, with small gardens and a central statue known as the Danaide, marine nymph that is surrounded by statues alluding to classical mythology.

We can also see the Barberini candelabra and little angels called Puttis. In the margin of the square we will find a pergola in which sometimes plays bands and orchestras.

In the right center of the park we will find the Municipal Library and on the left bank crossing the old church of La Santísima Cruz.

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But let's continue and cross to the stairs that lead us to the well-known Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), built in 1876 and named that way for the romances it witnessed over the years. 

This wooden bridge was destroyed in 1881 due to the passage of the Chilean army during the War of the Pacific and reconstructed years later. Due to the humidity of Barranco its wood has suffered enough and was cut for a few months in 2016 for maintenance work

Today it is fully operational. It is said that on the first visit to the bridge, must be crossed holding the breath to the other side and ask for a desire to release the air. The famous Peruvian composer Chabuca Granda composed a song to this bridge titled precisely "El Puente de los Suspiros" (The Bridge of Sighs).

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We would like to dedicate a single post to Chabuca - especially after the declaration of Cultural Heritage of the Nation to his work - but it will be later. Crossing the Bridge of Sighs and advancing along a narrow road parallel to the Bajada de Baños, we arrive at a beautiful viewpoint known for the incredible sunsets facing the Pacific (El Mirador or Lookout).

And here as narrator I have to tell two different versions that told me about the "Iron Cross" that is seen on the top of the hill of Chorrillos.

One of those stories says that it's the point where Chilean soldiers enter to Barranco to "blood and fire" and that stands as a tribute to the victims of the War of the Pacific; the other story that came to my ears is that the cross is made with the high voltage towers that exploded the subversive group Sendero Luminoso and serves as a reminder for the time of "blackouts". Any input on this story would be well received!

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In front of the Bridge of Sighs we can also appreciate La Ermita de Barranco, a small church of adobe and quincha from the middle of the XVIII century that was burned by the Chileans in 1882 and later rebuilt.

Some Barranquinos told me that the church was destroyed by the Chileans, not without first having shot all the civilians who sought refuge between their walls and the same priest who defended them. To this day, although not in the best conditions, it looks with the facade restored and painted in a mustard color.

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If we go down the stairs near the Bridge of Sighs we can access the Bajada de Baños, a slope that will lead us to Costa Verde (Green Coast) and the sand of the Pacific Ocean (you also can take a bath!). We leave you some images of the Bajada and of some of the barranquinas streets of our friend and Peruvian photographer Jorge Arméstar.

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How to See Barranco, District Barranco, Discovering Barranco

How to See Barranco, District Barranco, Discovering Barranco

How to See Barranco, District Barranco, Discovering Barranco

How to See Barranco, District Barranco, Discovering Barranco

In our next post we will see what leisure offers Barranco and what spaces of art we can find in this unique district.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
September 2017

Next Step: Barranco

Step by step we arrived at one of the most tourist districts of the city of Lima: Barranco. It borders to the north with Miraflores, to the east with Santiago de Surco and to the south with Chorrillos. This small district, which was in the middle of the last century a place for the upper middle class of Lima, was quickly populated with houses of colonial and European style, conferring on it that characteristic architecture that it has today.

Also considered as the "bohemian district" of Lima by the number of artists, actors or musicians who live in its streets, its soil has been revalued in the last 10 years in a disproportionate way. Today the Barranco seawall has become one of the most exclusive areas of the city and the prices of rentals and housing have increased in the same way.

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Although it is a safe district, we recommend (as always) common sense and not to show cameras or cell phones entering the night. In some zones of nightlife like the Av. Bolognesi sporadic robberies happens at the dawn. Remember: important documents and large amounts of money provided at your hotel or place of accommodation.

Barranco is a very pleasant place for the life of its streets, its architecture and its condition of residential neighborhood next to the malecón. Discover the most characteristic places for visitors. In the next post we try to give you some tips to know some points not so well known and related to the world of art and music.

Esteban García, Peru Travels Blog
September 2017

miércoles, 6 de septiembre de 2017

Going out in Miraflores

Although there are a large number of bars and entertainment venues in all districts of Lima, most of the nightlife of the city is located within the districts of Barranco and Miraflores.

Something normal if we asume these are the tourist points of interest par excellence. Quoting all the entertainment venues of Miraflores can be a dificult task, but we only focus in the best known by visitors. The price of tickets and closing times vary depending on the days but there are also a lot free places in which you can enjoy good music in a pleasant atmosphere.

By the way, forget going to Calle de las Pizzas (Pizza Street) it's the most touristic place in all city. These are our recommendations.


In our previous post we wrote about Larcomar mall (Malecón de la Reserva 610), a place where tourists can find everything from clothing stores, exclusive restaurants, to a bookstore, a theater, and of course, nightlife.

One of the best known is Gótica, a wide space where you can hear pop rock, reggaton, salsa or various Latin rhythms. SCHEDULE: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 20.00 to 5.00 am. General admission: S / 100 (US$ 30). Web: http://gotica.pe. Facebookfacebook.com/GOTICAMKT/

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Also located in Larcomar, this nightclub is one of the most exclusive in Lima. As well as the previous one, it counts on dj's that play funky, electro music or Latin rhythms. The place has seven bars, VIP areas, or terraces overlooking the sea. SCHEDULE: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 20.00 to 5.00. General admission: S / 140 (US$ 43). Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Aura

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Sukha Buda

This place located in the heart of Miraflores (May 2, 694), offers Asian influenced dishes with a good selection of music. Its second floor is decorated with a huge Buddha that presides over the room. SCHEDULE: 18.30 to 1.00 hours. Reservations: Reservations @ sukha. Telephone: (01) 719-3763: Web: http://www.sukha.pe/. Facebook: facebook.com/SukhaBudaLoungeLima

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Café Bar Habana

In Manuel Bonilla Street we can find several restaurants and free places to eat and enjoy good music. A classic is the Cafe Bar Habana, which serves piqueos of Cuban influence and a good variety of rums and cockteils (you could not miss the famous mojito). SCHEDULE: 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Web: http://www.cafebarhabana.com/. Facebook: facebook.com/Cafe.Bar.Habana/

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Bizarro Bar

Bizarro bar is another option for dancing until late at night (Calle Francisco de Paula Camino 220). The music is also varied: from pop rock to salsa and Latin rhythms. SCHEDULE: Tuesday to Saturday from 22.00 to 5.30. Entry: S / 50. Web: www.bizarrobar.com. Facebookfacebook.com/BIZARROBAR

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Huaringas Bar

Huaringas Bar is another classic place of the night miraflorina (Oval Bolognesi 460). It has a great variety of piqueos and cocktails (like Pisco Sour) of great quality and a pleasant atmosphere throughout the week.

Although it has a good musical selection, it is not a place to dance, but it is perfect to perform a few "previos" before leaving the march. SCHEDULE: Monday to Tuesday from 19.00 to 1.00 hours; Wednesday to Thursday from 7.00 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. Friday to Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Web: http://huaringas.com/. Facebook: facebook.com/huaringasbarlima

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Berlin Street is another of the points of reference to going out in Miraflores. In this street we can find several free places to drink some beer and some "drinks" at affordable prices (630 ml beer round the S / 10 / US$ 3).

It is adjacent to the popular Kennedy Park, Miraflores neuralgic center. Of all its premises we can emphasize two: the Houlihan's Irish Pub, that like its name indicates is of Irish court (they sell the famous Guinness); and La Botika Bar, a two-storey venue with a terrace, with a good atmosphere and a good selection of music. This street and its premises are perfect to take some "previos" before going out in Miraflores.

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In the following post we will list some of the best places in another of the districts to going out par excellence: Barranco.

Francisco, Peru Travels Blog
September 2017

lunes, 4 de septiembre de 2017

Discovering Miraflores

Once we have known the Historic Center, another of the most characteristic and exclusives districts of Lima is Miraflores. It is the residential district par excellence, with a large number of bars, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs.

We can also say that along with San Isidro, it is the safest district of the city. That is why it occupies the second place in the Human Development Index of the districts of Peru. But, which can we visit in the district of Miraflores?


We will start with the most visited shopping center of Miraflores. This place, located on the Malecón de la Reserva 610, at the end of the popular Avenida Larco has wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. Ppened its doors in 1998 with a space of 45 thousand square meters.

Inside, we can find all kinds of entertainment: from the Teatro La Plaza, where theatrical performances are made throughout the year, UVK Cinemas, with nationals and internationals films, even Peruvian restaurants of great prestige such as Bonbonniere or Tanta.

Moreover, we can also find clothing stores, a gym and a bowling alley, as well as trendy nightclubs like Gótica or Aura (which we will see later in the evening). If you have not already made the purchase through the internet, you can also find in Larcomar a PERU RAIL stand to make the purchase of your Cusco-Machu Picchu trip during the hours: Mon-Sun 11.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Phone: (01) 518 4581414. http://www.larcomar.com/

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Huaca Pucllana 

This huaca is one of the main tourist attractions of the city; located very close to the Óvalo Gutiérrez (Calle General Borgoño block 8), is an archaeological attraction belonging to the Lima culture and dated around 400 A.C.

Its excavations and conservation began in 1981 and they are currently continuing. Insider we can find a museum and a quite exclusive restaurant. SCHEDULE: Wednesday to Monday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. General admission S / 12, reduced S / 6. Night service from Wednesday to Sunday from 9.00 to 22.00 hours. General admission S / 15; reduced S / 7.50. Telephone (01) 617 7138. Web: http://huacapucllanamiraflores.pe/

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Enrico Poli Bianchi Museum

Enrico Poli Bianchi Museum is located at Almirante Lord Cochrane 466 and can only be accessed through concerted visits. It has a collection of gold and silver textiles from the pre-Hispanic cultures and some paintings exhibited in National Geographic. SCHEDULE: Tues-Fri 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. S / 50. Telephone: (01) 422 2437.

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Ricardo's Palma House

In the House Museum Ricardo Palma lived until his death in 1919 this traditionalist Peruvian writer. Located on General Suárez 189 street, the admission includes a tour around the house and a brief review of his work. SCHEDULES: Mon-Fri 9.15 to 12.45 pm and 2.30 to 16.45 hours. Admission S / 6. Phone: (01) 445 5836 - (01) 617 7114.  Web: http://ricardopalma.miraflores.gob.pe

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Museum Amano Fundation

This Foundation has a good number of archaeological pieces divided in two rooms. In The first one, are exhibited a large number of ceramics from Kotosh, Moche, Chimú, Cunispique and Nazca cultures.

Whereas in the second room predominates a textile collection, mostly from the Chancay culture. SCHEDULE: Mon-Fri 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission by appointment: (01) 441 2909.

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In addition to these points of interest, we can not forget the number of bars, restaurants and discos that we can find in this exclusive district of Lima. Subsequently, in another post we will know which places are recommended  in cases that we  have more time to spend discovering the city.

Francisco Benítez, Peru Travels Blog
September 2017

viernes, 1 de septiembre de 2017

The Pisco Sour Route

Without a doubt, Pisco Sour is the most international cocktail in Peru, being considered the flag drink crafted in the country. The recipe of pisco sour is made up of pisco, lemon (Peruvian) squeezed, syrup of gum (liquid sugar) and a couple of drops of angostura bitter.

Pisco is a grape brandy of Peruvian origin, and although it has been debated - and nowadays  still being debated - whether the origin of the pisco is Peruvian or Chilean; a recent judicial provision granted the reason to the first alleging that there is a port in the country and a town called Pisco, that they would give the name to the popular distillate.

The pisco depending on the grape variety can be classified in: Quebranta, Mollar, Italia, Torontel, Moscatel, Albilla or Acholado (mixture of different grapes).

The origin of the pisco sour still generates controversy among Peruvians. The most accepted hypothesis claims that Pisco Sour emerged in 1916 in the Morris Bar located in Jiron de la Unión, when an american barman, Victor Morris prepared a whiskey sour using the recipe but with the national pisco. This first recipe had no egg white, but it had got angostura.

After the Morris Bar was closed in 1929, the Hotel Maury continues offering this cocktail, thanks to the profesional barman, Mario Bruiguet, who worked with Morris and who knew the recipe. There are also versions that say this drink was put in value by the Hotel Bolivar in Plaza San Martín.

Pisco Sour is avaliable in most pubs in Lima. However, at the time of making "The Pisco Sour  Route”, we recommend these places, which are the most known and voted by all Lima.


The Maury Hotel can be the perfect point to start with this "Pisco Sour Route". Located near the Plaza de Armas, in Jirón Ucayali 201, this hotel with a nice wooden bar, has that original recipe that we have been talking about. This is not the bar where the popular cocktail was created; nevertheless, we can say that is where their preparation has been perfected.

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The Gran Hotel Bolívar, located in Plaza San Martín, is another referent points to take a pisco sour in Lima. In the 50's, his salón was visited by Hollywood starts such as Ava Gardner and Orson Wells. A very well-known anecdote, tells that when Orson Wells arrived in Lima after his press conference at the hotel, he met with the Peruvian journalist Alfonso Tealdo and took two dozen pisco sour cathedrals (the Cathedral is a Large glass).

Other versions claim that Wells took up to 42 pisco sour cathedrals, something superhuman, taking into account that most mortals would be drunk with only four of these cocktails.

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The Bar Inglés of the Hotel Country is another reference point when we are talking about “Pisco Sour Route”. This place is outside the Center of Lima and we have to move to the district of San Isidro (Los Eucaliptos 590). In 2013 the Summum Guide gave him the first place in the category of best Pisco Sour in the city. The head of the bar, Roberto Meléndez, is one of the creators of this success and has been awarded as champions three times in previous editions of the day of Pisco Sour.

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Although we have already spoken in the previous post of the famous Taberna Queirolo of Jiron Quilca, there is another place of the same name in the district of Pueblo Libre. This one has been chosen by readers of the newspaper El Comercio as another main point to take a good pisco sour in the city of Lima.

Worthy of special mention is that this is the oldest tavern in the city, dating from 1880. It is located in Jirón General Manuel Vivanco (district of Pueblo Libre). It also has a large place where you can taste Peruvian food and where you can dance music of all kinds.

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This place, managed by Ricardo Carpio, uses pisco of small producers and uses the recipe of the grandfather´s owner, Armando Valdés, with distillates of high graduation (between 46-47 degrees). That in itself is a warning for visitors who want to enjoy this powerful cocktail. The place is located in Petit Thours Avenue 5390 of Miraflores.

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This place is located on the second floor of the restaurant Brujas de Cachiche. It is part of this exclusive restaurant miraflorino (Ovalo Bolognesi 460) . Anyway their drinks are not more expensive than the average local of the districts of Miralflores and San Isidro. In addition to the classic pisco sour, we can find others choices based on macerated pisco like the one made in coca leaf, called "Brujo sour".

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This is our selection based on our personal experience and some recommendations seen in newspapers such as El Comercio. However there are other less popular places that keep barmen with excellent hand when making these cocktails.

We hope this 'Route of Pisco Sour' will guide you to know the best of this cocktail flag and its different preparations. There are also other variants of drinks with pisco like chilcano, piscola (Pisco&Coke) or the classic pisco punch. There are also sours based on other fruits such as passion fruit sour, mango sour even camu camu sour. Drink in moderation!

Francisco, Peru Travels Blog
September 2017