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Bridge of Sighs

Make a wish. If you can cross the entirety of this bridge while holding your breath, it will come true.

The Bridge of Sighs is an important landmark in the quaint suburb of Barranco to the south of the city. It is said that if you can hold your breath for the length of the bridge, all your wishes will come true. There are beaches, parks and charming shops in this sleepy neighborhood. The path from the bridge leads to a cliff overlooking the sea.

Hold your breath as you cross the bridge. If you make it the whole way, make a wish. Remember to start breathing again as you follow the charming path around the park. It ultimately leads to a panoramic vista of the sea. Cross the bridge in the evening to see it lit up in a romantic glow. It is about 144-feet (44 meters) long and it is wide enough for five or six people to cross at a time.

Enjoy a picnic on a patch of grass in the picturesque area. Take photos of the natural surroundings full of trees and colorful flowers. See the statue of the Peruvian composer Chabuca Granda, who wrote a piece about the bridge. Near to the bridge there is a lively atmosphere with street performers and vendors. Amble along the neighborhood’s houses, which are of every color of the rainbow. Dine at one of the many restaurants and small cafés in the area.

Hear the touching backstory of the bridge. Legend has it that a wealthy man’s daughter was forbidden to see the man she loved because he was a street sweeper. Heartbroken, she would stand by her window and sigh within earshot of those who crossed the bridge.

The Bridge of Sighs is situated in the Barranco region of Lima. The area is known for its bohemian ambience as a hub for writers, musicians and artists. It is an 11-mile (17.7-kilometer) taxi journey south from the center of the city. There are many beaches in the area, such as Playa Barranco and Playa las Cascadas (Beach of Waterfalls). Take public transport from the city center to the Plaza de Flores bus stop in the Barranco region.


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Barrancos Rooftop

Barrancos Rooftop

Avenida Almirante Miguel Grau 087\, Lima
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Barranco, this apartment is steps from Bridge of Sighs and Barranco Viewpoint. Ayacucho Popular Art Museum and Electricity Museum are also within 10 minutes.

Paipo Bed Breakfast & Surf

Paipo Bed Breakfast & Surf

Calle Felipe pardo # 225, Chorrillos
3.0
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Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pedro de Osma Museum, MATE Mario Testino Association, and Plaza Lima Sur. Electricity Museum and Bridge of Sighs are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£99
Second Home Peru

Second Home Peru

Domeyer 366, Barranco, Lima
4.9
of 5, from 61 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Barranco, this romantic bed & breakfast is steps from La Ermita de Barranco Church, Bridge of Sighs, and Barranco Viewpoint. The Holy Cross Parish and Artesanos Don Bosco are also within 5 minutes.

£31
D'Osma Bed & Breakfast

D'Osma Bed & Breakfast

Avenida Pedro De Osma 240 - Barranco, Lima
4.5
of 5, from 10 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Barranco, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Electricity Museum, MATE Mario Testino Association, and The Holy Cross Parish. Pedro de Osma Museum and La Ermita de Barranco Church are also within 5 minutes.

£8
The Point Lima Hostel

The Point Lima Hostel

Malecon Junin 300, Lima
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Barranco, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of La Ermita de Barranco Church, Bridge of Sighs, and Barranco Viewpoint. Artesanos Don Bosco and The Holy Cross Parish are also within 10 minutes.

Trendy Host - Barranco

Trendy Host - Barranco

Av. Pedro de Osma 307, Lima
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Barranco, this aparthotel is steps from MATE Mario Testino Association and Pedro de Osma Museum. Electricity Museum and Bridge of Sighs are also within 10 minutes.

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Villa Barranco by Ananay Hotels

Villa Barranco by Ananay Hotels

Av. Carlos Zegarra No 274, Barranco, Lima
5.0
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Located in Barranco, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bridge of Sighs, Barranco Viewpoint, and Electricity Museum. MATE Mario Testino Association and Pedro de Osma Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Casa Falleri Boutique Hotel

Casa Falleri Boutique Hotel

Av Grau 720, Lima
4.3
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3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Barranco, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bridge of Sighs and Barranco Viewpoint. MATE Mario Testino Association and Pedro de Osma Museum are also within 15 minutes.