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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 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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In order to get on, wait at a paradero (bus stop) and when the Ruta Recomendable arrives, wave with your arm stretched out straight. They will normally stop, but if one passes, stay patient and wait for the next one, it is usually right behind.

While getting on, the cobrador will say “suben, suben”, informing the driver that people are getting on. The cobrador might also say “avancen”, meaning you have to advance to the back or to the middle. Slightly less friendly is “apéguense”, meaning that you have to squeeze in.

When approaching your stop it is customary to get up, walk towards the door (front door if there are two) and say “paradero baja”. The cobrador will repeat your shout to the driver. While getting off, the cobrador will say “bajan, bajan”, to inform the driver that people are getting off.