a cheap bus in Mexico City
. The fare is usually a few
pesos according to how far you go, what time it is and your
skin tone (or assumed gringo
Usually the body work is local, a glorious construction
of fiberglass, antislip metal plates and rivets. In some
cases the only thing between the pesero and its dissolution
in component parts is sticky tape and spit.
Peseros are also called micros.
Interesting pesero facts
roar, bump, jump and generally travel at high speed. If you manage to sit down you will notice that in many cases the inter-seat distance is much less than the distance between your knees (the patella
) and your butt (the coccyx
Notice that on peseros everybody is very polite
, you have to say perdón
, me da permiso
y lo siento mucho
at least ten times per trip.
Although at times the gasoline vapors inside the vehicle are strong enough to give you a headache
, it is a rare pesero that explodes in a ball of flame, killing everybody inside and failing to make the headlines on la Jornada