Moving around the City of Buenos Aires will become complicated starting tonight ahead of the arrival of US President Barack Obama. Various main roads and nine subway stations across four lines in Microcentro will be closed from midnight tonight until midday tomorrow as security measures are tightened across the city.
Security Minister Patricia Bullrich advised people to use “alternative modes of transport” and to avoid traveling to the restricted areas unless absolutely necessary.
Stations set to be closed are: Plaza de Mayo, Perú and Piedras (line A); Leandro Alem and Carlos Pellegrini (line B); Catedral and 9 de Julio (line D); Bolívar and San José (line E). These stations will reopen at 12:00 PM tomorrow.
And, if you’re thinking about taking a taxi, think again, as access to the zone surrounding the Casa Rosada, where President Mauricio Macri will receive the US President tomorrow morning, will be restricted too. The area by Paseo Colón, Leandro Alem, part of Eduardo Madero, and the streets Lavalle, Florida, Perú and Alsina will be out of bounds until midday tomorrow. The map below shows the restricted zone:
There will also be a large cordoned off area surrounding the US Embassy located on Avenidas Libertador and Kennedy in Palermo. Figueroa Alcorta Avenue between Bulnes and La Pampa will be closed, as well as Avenidas Juez Tedín, Chonino Casares and parts of Bullrich and Dorrego. These restrictions will remain in place until Thursday.
In case you are still unsure as to whether this will affect you, take a look at the map below:
The US President arrives at Ezeiza Airport tonight. Unfortunately, our hopes of Obama sweating it out on colectivos like the rest of us were dashed when his Cadillac One, affectionately nicknamed “The Beast,” was spotted refueling in Retiro — it comes complete with four bodyguards, tear gas and even vials of the President’s blood.