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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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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 Bike Tour with 20% discount

There are various exciting ways to discover Lima. Obviously riding a combi is one way. Another is to take a LimaWalk and discover Lima walking. Or you could decided to go on a bicycke with BikeTours of Lima. Some people might argue that Lima is far too dangerous for biking, but this is absolutely not the case. BikeTours says on their own website:

“…the tours are carried out mainly over bike lanes, beautiful parks, wide sidewalks, one way streets and always on flat areas. That is what make our tours suitable for people of all ages and levels.”

BikeTours offers three different tours. One could choose for the Bay Tour. This means biking in Miraflores, Barranco and Chorrillos all along the malecon (the seaside boulevard). This is a tour of about 4 hours and is very relaxing. Another option would be the Urban Tour. This 3-hour tour takes in Miraflores and a part of San Isidro. An option which is only available on Sundays is the Downtown Tour, going to Centro de Lima.

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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.