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Street Art in Lima: Unbounded Creativity in the Peruvian Capital

March 1, 2017
Lima is a hub of amazing street art - bright colourful pieces adorn the city's walls. Discover the best neighbourhood to check out Lima's street art... read more.

If you’re looking for street art in Lima, you should make your way to Barranco, the city’s coolest neighbourhood. Here’s my go-to guide to finding the best street art spots in the Peruvian capital.

I think you can tell a lot about a city from the quality of its street art. Lisbon had me enthralled, Berlin too – now I can add a new city to my list of street art hotspots from my travels: Lima.

I didn’t really expect to love Lima quite as much as I did. It’s the perfect blend of old-school glamour and urban cool. Sure, every guidebook will tell you to stay in Miraflores (which we dutifully did), but what they won’t tell you is that there’s a far cooler neighbourhood from which you can base yourself during your stay in the city – Barranco. Barranco is the home of Lima street art, and the coolest neighbourhood in town.

Batman & Robin Street art in Barranco, Lima

Street Art in Barranco

Barranco has a long tradition of producing engaging art – it was the birthplace of and is home to the museum dedicated to the famous portrait photographer Mario Testino. These days it’s known for its bars, clubs, colonial buildings and the wealth of Peruvian street art.

The Peruvian street art here is colourful, vibrant and completely charming. Sprayed on the outer walls of houses, bars, restaurants – you name it, it’s been decorated. I don’t do lots of video features, but couldn’t resist giving you a glimpse of the Lima street art in this Facebook Live vid…

See what I mean?

There are a few tours that you can take to help you find Barranco’s street art hotspots but it’s literally everywhere. I’m generally happy to wander around and take things in at my own pace but if you did want to take a tour of Lima street art, Tailored Tours Peru are the people to go to.

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So who are the folk behind Lima’s street art scene? Names like Decertor, JADE, Entes & Pesimo and Elliot Tupac might only mean something to you if you’re an urban art buff, but they’re just a few of the people who are responsible for bringing Lima’s walls to life. Many of the pieces they create have a clear message. Each piece of Peruvian street art is different but catching a glimpse of artists’ thoughts and beliefs as you go about your day to day life is one of the reasons that I think urban art should be celebrated.

Here are a few more pictures for you to ogle at.

Other Neighbourhoods

I might have done Miraflores a bit of a disservice earlier by dismissing it in favour of Barranco. There’s a lot of street art strewn around Miraflores too. But, it’s spread out over a much larger area (Miraflores is vast), so it’s harder to go on a stroll to take it all in. San Isidro is another neighbourhood you should also check out if you are into the street art scene…Though again it’s not quite as compact and concentrated as Barranco.

Lima’s colonial centre or Centro district also has a few pieces worth seeing. It used to have quite a few more, but a clean-up initiative by Lima’s mayor from 2015 onwards has resulted in a lot of Centro’s street art removed (and some in other districts too). Just goes to show right, one man’s meat is another man’s poison… Luckily there are still plenty of murals and street art left for you to explore in Lima.

Have you checked out the street art in Lima? Which was your favourite neighbourhood? What was your favourite piece?

If you’re looking for things to do in Lima, make sure you check out my Lima Travel Guide with my top picks from the city, plus you need to spend some time checking outThe Best Ceviche in Lima . Planning a trip to South America? You might find my South America Travel Guide helpful too.

Alternatively, street art lovers should check out our features on Street Art in Shoreditch and Street Art in Camden 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Kyntra Strickland March 4, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    This is beautiful! I absolutely love viewing street art in new cities.

  • Reply Lost Girl's Guide (@lostgirlsguide) March 4, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I spent several days in Lima and totally missed all this street art! I can’t believe it! Just another reason for me to go back 😉

    • Reply Julianna Barnaby March 5, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Totally! It’s always nice to have a reason to go back to a place 😁

  • Reply www.justbeingbrooklyn.com March 4, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I love finding street art around the places I travel to. My favorite so far has been Hosier Lane in Melbourne!

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    • Reply Julianna Barnaby April 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Ooh – I’ll have to keep an eye open next time I’m in Oz

  • Reply Meg March 5, 2017 at 2:40 am

    I love street art! If it’s done well then I totally love the cool edge it brings to its surroundings. I’m not a fan of pointless graffiti but can’t resist a beautiful, brightly coloured wall mural. Melbourne in Australia has to be one of my favourite spots for incredible street art. One day I’ll make it to South America!

    • Reply Julianna Barnaby March 5, 2017 at 9:13 am

      I’m with you – it can really change the area. Barranco was beautiful – lots of blossoming trees and colourful houses with cool murals round each corner. Have never been to Melbourne but the street art in South America is pretty cool.

  • Reply Lindz March 5, 2017 at 4:13 am

    The art is gorgeous!! I love how colourful it all is – and so many different styles! Wandering through cities looking for street art is always a blast 🙂

    • Reply Julianna Barnaby March 5, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Really agree! It’s so bold and bright – totally agree lindz! Love a bit of street art hunting.

  • Reply ravenoustravellers March 5, 2017 at 9:07 am

    We are heading to Lima this year and your post got me excited!! I didn’t realise there was so much cool street art! Great photos :)/

    • Reply Julianna Barnaby March 5, 2017 at 9:10 am

      It’s so cool! Very jealous. I’ve written a few pieces and will be writing more, it was so awesome. Definitely check out the street art!

  • Reply Alice Chen March 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    These are so amazing! I can’t believe I missed these when I visited!

  • Reply lifewithaviewinfo March 7, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Some incredible street art, wow! I thought that one of the boy was a photograph!

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