What to do and see in Barranca, Peru: The Best Places and Tips

February 1, 2018 Emerita Lamoureux

Discover the best top things to do in Barranca, Peru including Ciudadela de Caral, Playa Chorrillos, Cristo Redentor de Barranca, El Aspero, Mega Plaza.
Restaurants in Barranca

1. Ciudadela de Caral

Barranca, Peru 205-2517
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Ciudadela de Caral

Reviewed By Adiona - Vancouver, Canada

Seeing and touring these 5000 year old ruins was an amazing and awesome experience. Only some of the many pyramids have been excavated from the mounds of sand under which their creators hid them. The site is enormous, but a tour of the excavated area (about 13 pyramids) takes only around 2 hours. Do understand that these are 5000 year old ruins and moderate your expectations thusly. Nothing is completely intact and there are no artifacts on display. There are two ways to see Caral. One is to do a day trip from Lima with a tour group, three hours there and three hours back! Another way (what we did) is to bus to Barranca and stay overnight in a hotel there for a few nights. The Hotel Chavin arranged for a driver to take us to Caral, wait for us, and then drive us back to Barranca for 110 soles. You must hire a Spanish guide when you get there as they do not let anybody in to the ruins unsupervised and there are no English guides. We arrived at the gates at about 11:00 and managed to hookup with a small tour group from Lima. Their English speaking Peruvian guide was very happy to add us to his group and of course we gave him a good tip for doing so. This was happenstance for us, and maybe it would work again, but if not you can read all about Caral online before you go. Wear sunscreen, shorts, good walking shoes and a hat.

2. Playa Chorrillos

Excellent
31%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Playa Chorrillos

Reviewed By Llywinda - Lima, Peru

This is a beautiful sandy beach that is perfect for swimming, Surfing, body board, sun bathing. There is a broad range of little seafood restaurants all along the 2 km of beach. Can be crowded on the weekends in January and February.

3. Cristo Redentor de Barranca

Cerro Colorado | Playa de Barranca, Barranca, Peru
Excellent
15%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Cristo Redentor de Barranca

Reviewed By Llywinda - Lima, Peru

If you are staying in Barranca for a couple of days (highly recommended) a trip up to the Cristo Redentor is worth it, mostly for the view.

4. El Aspero

Calle Del Destino, Barranca, Peru
Excellent
40%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

El Aspero

Reviewed By quaffingreilly - Cusco, Peru

El Aspero is an overlooked archaeological tourist gem. When I came there with my pals to see the site, we were floored by HOW deserted the place was, especially compared to The Sacred City of Caral. The tour guide was helpful and patient with us while we argued about dumb sciency archaeological theories in English, took his time with explaining the excellent museum, and toured us across the site, which is SUPER cool and only needs more people to know about it. If you are interested in ancient history, modern heritage, and like to travel off the beaten path, head to Aspero.

5. Mega Plaza

Jr. Zavala s/n cruce | Av. Castilla, Barranca, Peru +51 1 6139500
Excellent
11%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Mega Plaza

Reviewed By Jesus A - Lima, Peru

Sorprende ver el avance comercial de norte chico, Barranca es una zona que desde antaño se caracterizaba por ser el centro comercial de las zonas de la Sierra de Lima, eso fue muy bien aprovechado por los operadores de retail que vieron la oportunidad De competir con el comercio informal.
Si bien la aceptación no sido masiva pero se ve bastante movimiento sobre todo los fines de semana

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