National Route 9 (Argentina)

The Ruta Nacional 9 ( Buenos Aires - La Quiaca ) is a state highway in Argentina. It is also known as the Pan-American Highway, as it is part of the network of the same name. Its length is 1830 km; so that it is one of the longest numbered road in the country.

The road has a long history since it was the main link between the mining town of Potosí and the then most important international port of Buenos Aires from the time of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. It was formerly known as Camino Real ( royal road ).


The road begins as a toll highway on the inner ring road of Buenos Aires, the Avenida General Paz, and performs - as Acceso Norte called - first through the northwest suburban belt of the city, then continue parallel to the Río Paraná to Rosario. From there, it extends further to the west. After the bypass of the city of Cordoba, Villa María is achieved. Up the road is expanded Córdoba highway-like.

In Cordoba, the road turns north and runs through Jesús María and Santiago del Estero to San Miguel de Tucumán, where she is also widened to four lanes in a short distance. After Rosario de la Frontera and Metán Salta is achieved.

From Salta, the road goes on a winding road across the subtropical cloud forest to San Salvador de Jujuy. This portion is also known as Cornisa. Many use because of the many curves on the route between Salta and Jujuy, therefore, prefer the path via the Ruta Nacional 34 and the Ruta Nacional 66

Behind Jujuy, the road through the Quebrada de Humahuaca. She travels around Tilcara and Humahuaca, the two main cities of the gorge. Then there is a steep rise on the plateau of the Puna. In Tres Cruces is achieved with 3750 meters above sea level, the highest point of the road, from there the road goes on relatively flat.

In Abra Pampa, the road combined with the Ruta Nacional 40, the longest national highway in the country. Here is the last stretch, the north to the border city of Bolivia, La Quiaca, leads almost straight starts.

The continuation of Route 9 in Bolivia, Ruta 14, via Tupiza and Potosi to Sucre.


In almost all the cities of the Ruta Nacional 9 originally had a different course than it is today. These include the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, Rosario, Córdoba and San Salvador de Jujuy, where the original national urban road were converted in some parts in bypass and expressways.

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