In the early 20th century, the well-to-do of Lima would flock to the cliffside town of Barranco to escape the chaos of the city. As Lima continued to spread, the wealthier residents moved out and the area became a bohemian haven for artists, writers and musicians. Now a mix noteworthy landmarks, eclectic art spaces, and chic eateries, Barranco has done well with maintaining its historic identity while embracing its reputation as Lima’s hippest neighborhood.
When the Santa Catalina Monastery opened in 1579, the only women it allowed to take a vow of poverty and become nuns were the ones who could afford it. Tradition, at the time, required every entering nun to pay a dowry, often as steep as what today would be a six-figure sum.
Just a few hours drive from Arequipa, Peru’s second-largest city, is the Colca Canyon. One of Peru’s most astonishing natural attractions, the Colca Canyon is approximately double the depth of the United States’ Grand Canyon, and the second deepest in the world. Compared to the tourist-heavy Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu, the Colca Trail receives only a fraction of the visitors, but the number is growing as word spreads about the canyon’s stunning views, historic villages, and rare species of wildlife. Much of the Colca Canyon can be experienced in just a few short days, with or without a guided tour, and these five places should be on any itinerary into the canyon.