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Tips to Use the Metropolitano

Lima is one of the biggest metropolitan centers on the continent. With over 8 million people, you really wonder how the heck everyone can go about every day in those crowded, loud minibuses. Taxis aren’t the most attractive thing either for their higher price, and there’s no metro system here. However, with a bit of inquiring at Pariwana Lima, you’ll be given a map and an explanation about Lima’s clean, safe and quick Metropolitano.

The Metropolitano is an integrated bus system that serves as a metro-type transport option. It is clean, quick, and quite safe. Armed guards are stationed at every entry point into the system, and the whole thing is quite well regulated. Backpackers won’t have any hassles taking their luggage aboard, as there is usually ample room (unless you’re planning on using the system at peak hours around 7am and 6pm).

Using the Metropolitano is easy, even if one look at the system map doesn’t convince you. First, you’re going to have to buy the card, unless Pariwana reception has one to lend you (check to make sure).  The minimal amount is 5 soles to buy the card. With the 3 sol card comes 2 soles of credit. Each ride costs 1.50 soles, so you can opt to put an extra bit on your card to be ready to enter the system for the return journey.

In any case, recharging the card credit is cialis price easy. Just snap the card into the magnetic pocket and throw in a few soles to charge it up. The adventure is made simple with the Metropolitano, that’s a surety.

Now, there are only two directions on the Metropolitano, north and south. There are, however, many different busses that pass through. Read the system map closely to find out which buses are express busses and which stop at every stop. Pariwana Lima is three blocks from the nearest station, so you won’t have any trouble finding it.

As the Metropolitano approaches downtown, it stops at Estacion Central. From there, the B bus will continue straight, while the A bus with make a detour into the very center of the center. You could also opt to debark at Estacion Central and walk downtown-it’s not very far, and on the big avenues it’s safe as can be.

Just remember that the Metropolitano begins to close at 10pm. Thankfully, Pariwana Lima is so centrally located in Miraflores, that there are many regular buses that take you straight back to the Ovalo, just in case you miss the last Metropol bus.

Hitchhiking in Peru

Travelling across the great ancient Incan lands is going to be a memorable thing for you no matter how you do it. However, if you’re reading this, it’s because you were enticed by the word in the title, hitchhiking. Contrary to popular belief, it can be done.

Of course, arriving to Pariwana hostels or jumping on a bus after you’ve been thumbing around feels bizarre and other-worldly, but righteous. Hitchhiking means that you’ll be spending a few days on the road, without a preconceived plan of accommodation. That’s alright; that’s exactly what makes the trip so amazing.

Tirar dedoHitchhiking generally gets a bad rap, but your Peru adventure will greatly be enhanced if you trust in the road for a while. So, if you’re considering undertaking this challenge, there might be a few things you should know beforehand.

First, know that hitchhiking requires you to put your trust in people you have never met before, and people who decided to pick you up, not who you decided to pick you up! As such, it might be necessary to say that hitching isn’t the safest way to travel. There are some things you can do to make it safer in any case.

If you are a woman, then you should opt to travel in pairs. In fact, if it’s your first time hitching at all, you should want to do it with a friend. Rides might be harder to come by, but at least you’ll have safety in numbers.

You shouldn’t be worried though, because Peruvians are open to you. They will pick you up because they want to know you. Unlike on a quite Cruz del Sur bus, hitching with a Peruvian trucker, for example, will provide you with not only diverse conversation, but a unique experience.

Peru enjoys many paved roads, and thousands of small mountain roads. It’s legal to jump in the back of a pick-up truck, which doubles your rides. You can also hitchhike on big Peruvian highways, but it’s best to use your Spanish to talk with drivers at gas

To say “I’m hitchhiking” in Spanish, say “estoy tirando dedo”. If you don’t have much Spanish skill, go ahead and depend on gests and smiles. Always smile. Never travel at night. Before the sun goes down you should be thinking about hostels, hotels or camping.

Big cities are few and far between, but they are big enough to warrant wariness. Never arrive in the evening, try to arrive in the morning to big cities in order to have the time to wander around looking for a good place to stay. Take buses to get to city outskirts.

Hitchhiking can be as safe as you make it. Never be afraid to decline rides if you get a bad vibe. Sometimes you might be asked for money; and that’s up to you. Enjoy the waits, and you’ll enjoy the road!