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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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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 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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After paying the fare, the cobrador is supposed to give you a boleto, your receipt. Cobradores usually have one of two habits. Some of them charge everyone as soon as possible. In this case you usually get your boleto without having to insist. Other cobradores are rather charging people when they are getting off. In this case you usually don’t get your boleto.

You can typically influence this behavior slightly. For example if you sit near the cobrador in the front of the combi, you can motion to him (or her) that you’d like to pay, without waiting until they bother to collect the money. The big exception to the rule is when you try to pay a china (50 cents). They might accept it, but that virtually always means that it goes into the “black money pocket” and it will not be an official trip and therefore you can practically forget about getting a boleto.