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EO122 San Miguel – Chosica “Chosicana”

East of Lima is the town of Chosica. Chosica, with Cieneguilla, is one of the places Limeños go to to catch some sun when the clouds cover Lima. It is a great one-day get-away from the bustle of the city to relax at one of the roadside restaurants that offer barbecue and a swimming pool. This would be the place to eat Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian dish that is prepared in a hole in the ground. LimaEasy tells us that:

“The district Lurigancho – Chosica is east of the city center in the valley of the River Rimac and is the second largest district of Lima. It’s “capital” is Chosica. Since the Trans-Andean railroad was built in the 19th century Chosica was a fashionable place for resting and partaking in leisure activities. At that time, many aristocratic families from Lima made the place their holiday home. And still today Chosica is a popular get away for Limeños in the winter months.”

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Barranco

Barranco a the district next to Miraflores and is probably the most visited district after Miraflores and Centro de Lima by tourists. It has a beautiful seafront Malecon and it comes with its share of colonial houses. Some of them can be visited. An excellent option is to book a walking tour with LimaWalks. Barranco has the reputation of being a bit of a Bohemian district.

Barranco is a small district, and in terms of public transport there are basically three options. The first option is the north-south route from Miraflores towards Chorrillos (and vice versa). This route passes the Plaza de Armas and the Puente de Suspiros and a bit further towards Chorrillos the museo Pedro de Osma. The Ruta Recomendable to take is the yellow line SO08 “La 4SA”.

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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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Dateros and Time clocks

One of the most intriguing questions in the world of Lima’s combis is: who are those mysterious men that you can find at many crossroads that are shouting unintelligible code to the cobradores or the drivers (and seem to get paid for it even)?

These men (and women) are dateros (from the root “data”). They form a vital part of the combi infrastructure, because they allow the drivers to maintain the frequency (in theory at least, because it is not uncommon to see two or even three combis of the same line passing together). The other element of this system is the good, old time clock. This is a device where you insert a piece of paper and it stamps the time.