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NO02 Ancon-Surco “La Sesosa”

The light blue Ruta Recomendable is La Sesosa. Its code is NO02 and it is running between Ancon and Surco, following the Panamericana Norte until Avenida Ugarte, after that following the avenidas Salaverry, Ejercito and Angamos. The last stop is UPC in Monterrico. I once took La Sesosa from UPC to Ancon on a Sunday morning and it took 2,5 hours.

La Sesosa is great for traveling north from Miraflores. But it is also good for traveling to the airport from Miraflores. One would have to transfer at Av Sanchez Carrion (Pershing) to take the IO06 towards the airport. The transfer at this point involves less walking then the transfer at Av Brasil with Javier Prado or the transfers at Av Arequipa (blue line OM23) with Javier Prado and the Via Expresa (Metropolitano) with Javier Prado. So I usually prefer to take La Sesosa, even though it might seem to be a bit of a detour.

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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 Free Pisco Sour

The Pisco Sour is the closest thing Peru has to a traditional drink. The base of this cocktail is Pisco Puro (pure), a spirit made of grapes. It is similar in taste to Grappa (Italy) or Palinka (Hungary) and a host of other varieties. I cannot recommend Pisco Puro, but the Pisco Sour it is a nice cocktail.

An excellent place to enjoy a Pisco Sour is El Bolivariano in Pueblo Libre. The High Resolution Rutas Recomendables Combi Map includes a discount voucher for El Bolivariano with which you are entitled to 2 Pisco Sours for free. So make sure to bring someone along!

Pueblo Libre has a totally different feel from Miraflores. It is worthwhile to make a trip to Pueblo Libre, if only for the Pisco Sours in El Bolivariano. But apart from that you could also visit the excellent Museo de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú. The museum is pretty much next door to El Bolivariano.

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Historical Trams in Lima

I knew Lima used to have electric trams in the past, but it didn’t occur to me that old maps might have survived of this tram network. It turns out that they did. Allen Morrison has a truly stunning website about trams in Peru. Among other things the website contains a map of the tram network in Lima.

I was actually searching on the web for another historical map: the 1983 edition of Lima2000‘s Lima Street Map, which includes a Mapa de Rutas. I know this, because the other day I visited the offices of Lima2000 and they showed me their archive copy. Should anyone have more information about this map (the only example I know of, that maps all the routes in Lima), please leave me a comment.