A Ride on the Metrobús

Traveling from the Recoleta Cemetery to the Obelisco has never been faster. Ever since the 9 de Julio Metrobús was established, Buenos Aires has adopted a new pace.
Our tour began when we decided to take the 10 or 59 buses on Las Heras Avenue. After moving along narrow streets, we finally reached busy Santa Fe Avenue.

We took advantage of the moment to watch through the windows. We saw one of the most important commercial districts in the city, with countless shops lining the avenue.

As we reached the interjection with 9 de Julio Avenue, we instantly noticed the pace changed. We had got inside the Metrobús lanes. The first thing that captured us was the Obelisco, symbol of the City of Buenos Aires, in the distance.

To our right we made out the imposing Colón Theater with its majestic structure. The refurbishing works done for years has turned it into one of the attractions on the broadest avenue in the world.
  • Buenos Aires has a different pace

    Buenos Aires has a different pace

  • The Obelisk, symbol of the city of Buenos Aires

    The Obelisk, symbol of the city of Buenos Aires

  • The imposing Teatro Colón

    The imposing Teatro Colón

  • Ministerio de Desarrollo Social de la Nación Building

    Ministerio de Desarrollo Social de la Nación Building

  • Metrobus route

    Metrobus route

Before we could notice, we were already at the stop known as Obelisco Norte, where we could see the traditional hotel Panamericano to our left. This houses one of the best viewpoints in the city.

Exclusive Lanes

Metrobús 9 de Julio was inaugurated in July 2013. According to users, the journeys that used to take 45 minutes now take just 15. The idea was to remove buses from streets parallel to this avenue so as to decompress traffic from this popular area in Buenos Aires.

The End of the Tour

As we crossed Corrientes Avenue, we had a glimpse of what was awaiting once we got off: marquees and lights to both sides gave evidence of the great number of theaters and stores we were about to enjoy. The entertainment provided by this avenue is bursting out and Metrobús helped us get there soon enough.

The stop was coming near. It was the first one after the Obelisco. We could have got off before but we wanted to enjoy the ride a little longer.

As we got off at the stop called Obelisco Sur, we observed the building housing the Ministry of Social Development to our left, featuring a giant representation of Evita on its façade.

Beyond representing an improvement as far as means of transport in Buenos Aires are concerned, Metrobús is a different way to visit this busy city, make a quick tour and, why not?, feel like a porteño.

Buses have always been here. 9 de Julio Avenue has always been here. Traffic and all the inconveniences of a large city have been here. However, Metrobús succeeded in showing us that sometimes everything may be seen through different eyes by moving a few pieces.

And thus, those who saw this city before will find a new aspect today. This change is useful for everyone and it has come to stay.

Agustina Sabaliauskas / Agustina Sabaliauskas

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