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SO16/SO18 San Miguel – San Bartolo

The Green Ruta Recomendable actually consists of two routes operated by the same company, SO16 and SO18. They have the same terminal in San Miguel and they both go to San Bartolo, one of the beach towns south of Lima along the Panamericana Sur. The majority of their route is identical. However, in Pueblo Libre, the SO16 passes through Avenida Bolivar and avenida Brasil, whereas the SO18 goes along avenida Venezuela and avenida Arica. They join hands again at the Plaza Bolognesi in Centro de Lima and from there they continue along avenida Grau and Circunvalacion to the Panamerican Sur all the way to San Bartolo.

The starting point of both is avenida Precursores in the San Miguel district. The first part of the route takes you along the south side of the Parque de las Leyendas. LimaEasy says:

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Centro de Lima

From Miraflores the Ruta Recomendable to take to Centro de Lima is the OM23 (blue line). Get on at Ovalo de Miraflores (Parque Kennedy) or anywhere along Avenida Arequipa.

The ride to Centro de Lima will take about 20-30 minutes and will cost S./1.20 if you get on at Ovalo de Miraflores or S./1.00 if you get on at Angamos or closer towards Centro de Lima. The price of the boleto (ticket) is somewhat arbitrary, so you may be charged anywhere between S./1.00 or S./1.50. Never pay more than S./1.50.

Get off at Avenida Grau for the Museo de Arte de Lima (MaLi). From here everything is within walking distance. The next block north is Real Plaza, a shopping center that includes Starbucks. The Sheraton Hotel is also here, as well as the Estacion Central for the Metropolitano.

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a Ceviche with a free starter

Every country has its own obsession. The British have the weather, the Germans have punctuality. In Peru it is food. First question asked to foreigners is usually: which food do you like? And to be fair, in Lima you will find plenty of good food. One dish that comes especially recommended is the ceviche.

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Señor Mark (Gringo in Peru) has a great story on his blog about the dance of the cobrador:

During these stops you can watch the dance of the cobrador. It is like a ballet as the van begins to stop with the cobrador swinging the door open, placing a foot on ground and doing a pirouette, as so not to fall from a vehicle in motion. As a final passenger on the stop gets their last foot into the van, the cobrador will  tell the driver to advance. Reversing his spin he will get back on the combi as it is speeding off. Then sliding the door shut and out the window again with his heads and arms: repeating the chorus of the route only to turn around and ask for your fare.