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 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.