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Cultural delights abound in Peru’s capital city

What to see and where to stay in Lima’s bohemian Barranco district

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Cultural delights abound in Peru’s capital city

Image: © Mario Testino

February 13 2013
Sophy Roberts

Boutique hotels in bohemian neighbourhoods are a lively trend in South America. In Peru, the 17-room Hotel B (second picture;; from $450) will open this April in Lima’s artsy Barranco district. The original 1920s house – designed by French architect Claude Sahut, who created several of the city’s theatres – accounts for the classic opulence (in the style of that creamy façade, the marble and copper bar and the intimate leather booths in the café), which is now mixed with vibrant modern art, a rooftop lounge with Pacific views and a restaurant by Peru’s Oscar Valearde.

Adjacent to the hotel is the Galeria Lucia de la Puente ( for contemporary Latin American art, while in April, the Mario Testino Association ( opens a six-month show at its MATE gallery dedicated to the Peruvian-born fashion photographer’s previously unpublished portraits – not of Gisele Bündchen, but the traditional dresses of the Andean Cusco people (first picture). To book a trip to Peru – from an arts tour of Barranco to a more classic Machu Picchu itinerary (third picture) – turn to former banker Marisol Mosquera of Lima-based travel outfit Aracari (