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NO101 Carabayllo – San Juan de Miraflores “La Nueva America”

The Orange Ruta Recomendable used to be the NM33 line. Recently it has changed code to NO101. According to a cobrador of one of their buses, this is due to fact that since renovating the fleet most of the units are buses and not micros. So they had to apply for a new license, which was granted under a new code but for the same route. This story is probably correct, because their fleet indeed consists almost entirely of new, big buses.

The Nueva America (or Transnasa) is the 3rd important Ruta Recomendable crossing Miraflores (the others are the OM23 and the NO02). The NO101 is crossing Miraflores East-West, through avenida Benavides – Pardo – Ejercito. But essentially this line is a North-South connection between Carrabayllo in the far north and San Juan de Miraflores on the southside of town.

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Miraflores

Most tourists stay in Miraflores when they are in Lima. So this post will explain how to get around in Miraflores. Miraflores is home to a number of sights, for example: the Faro (firehouse), the Huaca Pucllana (pre-Inca temple) and the Parque Kennedy. Apart from sightseeing, Miraflores is great for shopping. Many tourists head over to Larcomar (modern style) or the Indian Markets in Petit Thouars (indigenous art). A detailed map of Miraflores can be found on the back side of the Rutas Recomendables Combi Map, and all the above places are clearly marked.

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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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Avenida Javier Prado is possibly the most infamous road in Lima. It is more than 80 blocks long, crosses 5 districts and the traffic jams on Javier Prado are legendary. It is also probably the most important east-west connection in the city. Four of the Rutas Recomendables pass through (a part of) Javier Prado and the Metropolitano has an Estacion Javier Prado. Everybody in Lima knows Avenida Javier Prado.

Who then is Javier Prado?

According to the Spanish Wikipedia Javier Prado is a historian, philosopher and lawyer. He served as the principal of the San Marcos University from 1915 to 1920 and he held various political offices, among others as a senator and an ambassador to Argentina. He may have owed his political career to the fact that he was the son of an ex-President (Mariano Ignacio Prado). His brother Manuel Prado y Ugarteche would later go on to become president of Peru as well. At that time, Javier Prado already passed away. He died in 1921 under mysterious circumstances (according to Wikipedia) when he was only 49 years old.