In the 19th and early 20th century, Ancón was an elite upscale resort area. The elegance of that period is still present: Gardens line long walkways, which sit under balcony overhangs held up by colorful columns. The houses are often painted in bright pastels, and the center square is well maintained. A small bodega and a café with internet access are each just a 3-minute walk away.
The Ricardo Palma house is a mere 2-minute walk from the waterfront, which can be seen from house’s veranda. The unique malecón stretches along a view of bobbing fishing boats. Naturally, the hub of activity is the pier. Here fishermen and restaurant owners gather, and humble food carts sell Peruvian street food.