3 Parques para descubrir en Buenos Aires

Uno de los atractivos de Buenos Aires es que a pesar de ser una gran ciudad, está llena de parques y árboles. En la zona de Palermo, el Jardín Botánico en Plaza Italia y el Parque 3 de Febrero son populares y suelen atraer tanto locales como turistas, pero para aquellos que se quieran aventurar un poco más, elegimos tres parques que vale la pena descubrir en Buenos Aires.

1- Parque de la Memoria

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Este punto situado en la costa del Río de la Plata, se irguió para conmemorar a las víctimas del terrorismo de estado. En él se encuentran monumentos y esculturas, exhibiciones de arte que invitan a la reflexión, y un centro de documentación por lo que es un lugar interesante para entender mejor la identidad local que lleva la marca indeleble de este momento trágico en la historia Argentina. Avenida Costanera Norte Rafael Obligado 6745, downtown.

2- Parque Centenario

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Ubicado en el barrio de Caballito, y diseñado por Carlos Thays, el Parque Centenario es muy concurrido donde la gente se junta para pasar un rato al aire libre y compartir unos mates.  En el centro hay un pequeño lago, y también cuenta con una asociación de astronomía en uno de sus lados, un anfiteatro en el que se programan conciertos gratuitos, un Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, y los fines de semana, una feria de libros.

3- Parque Avellaneda

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Un poco más alejado de Palermo, ubicado en el barrio de Flores, se encuentra el Parque Avellaneda que tiene un trencito que lo rodea y un centro de arte contemporáneo en la Casona de los Olivera, una hermosa casa antigua del 1800.  Av. Directorio and Lacarra, Flores. 

3 Off the Beaten Path Parks in Buenos Aires

One of the great things about Buenos Aires is that despite being a big city, it’s got plenty a park and trees. In the Palermo area, the Botanical Garden in Plaza Italia and the stunning 3 de Febrero parks are common attractions for locals and tourists, but for those that like to stray out a little more, we chose 3 off the beaten path parks in Buenos Aires that are also well worth exploring.

1- Parque de la Memoria

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This spot along the coast of the Río de la Plata was created to commemorate the victims of the military coup. It’s outdoor sculptures and monuments by the river side, its quality art exhibit, and its archives and documentation center make it an interesting place to learn more about the local identity and indelibly marked by this tragic moment of the local history. Avenida Costanera Norte Rafael Obligado 6745, downtown.

2- Parque Centenario

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Located in Caballito and designed by Carlos Thays, Parque Centenario is a favourite in the area where people often gather to spend some time outdoors and share some mates. There is a small lake in the middle, as well as an astronomy association on the side of the premises, an amphitheatre where there is usually a program of free live concerts,  Argentine Museum of National Sciences, and a weekend book fair.  Av. Patricias Argentinas, Caballito

3- Parque Avellaneda

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A little further away,  in the neighborhood of Flores, is this stunning park with a little choo choo train that goes around it and a contemporary arts center located in the beautiful Casona de los Olivera which dates back to the 1800’s.  Av. Directorio and Lacarra, Flores. 

 

 

Buenos Aires culinaria y literaria

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Buenos Aires es conocida por su tradición literaria y en los últimos diez años también ha adquirido reconocimiento por su movida gastronómica. Este fin de semana se combinan ambas en Feria Leer y Comer donde el sábado y el domingo habrán puestos de comida, librerías, firma de libros y charlas y debates acerca de cocina y literatura de 12 a 21 hs. , y un evento de tango el domingo a las 19hs. Concepción Arenal 4865, Chacarita. 

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El sábado a la noche, también se lleva a cabo La Noche de las Librerías en la que las librerías, principalmente de la Avenida Corrientes, ofrecerán actividades relacionadas a la industria editorial y a la literatura. Habrán lecturas de poesía, debates, talleres y performances en diferentes locales y también en la calle, así como un jam de jazz a las 19hs. en el living Alfonsina Storni en Corrientes 1900, y una exposición de libros antiguos con visita guiada en el hermoso Palacio de Aguas Corrientes. Se invita además a todos los lectores a comprar un libro de alguna editorial independiente y compartir una foto del mismo en las redes sociales con el hashtag #indiebookday.

This Weekend: Buenos Aires for Bookworms and Foodies

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Buenos Aires is known for its literary heritage and in the last ten years has developed a gourmet cuisine scene that has also become one of its attractions. This weekend both combine at Feria Leer y Comer (Read and Eat Fair) where there will be food trucks, book sales, signings and literary and culinary talks and debates from 12 to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Concepción Arenal 4865, Chacarita. 

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Also this weekend, on Saturday night is La Noche de las Librerías (Bookshop Night) which will offer the possibility of attending poetry readings, debates, and of visiting different bookshops around the city. The event will take place from 6pm to midnight, mostly on Avenida Corrientes, and also offers some activities that non spanish speakers can also understand such as an outdoor jazz jam at 7pm at the Alfonsina Storni stand on Corrientes 1900, and an exhibit of antique book at the beautiful Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (Palace of Running Waters). Readers are also invited to buy a book published by an independent publisher and to share a picture of it on social media with the hashtag #indiebookday.

Buenos Aires Valentine Day Options to Indulge your Senses

Valentine’s Day is coming up this Tuesday and Buenos Aires is the perfect city for romance! Below, our suggestions for you to splurge, delight in and explore with your lover, or to spark up a conversation with someone new.

Sight

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For an alternative Valentine’s date, take a Foto Ruta Photography Tour and discover the city together while capturing snapshots on the way!

If you’re into art, or even if you’re not, stop by the MNBA (National Fine Arts Museum) in the French Style Recoleta neighborhood and find as many love stories as you can in the artworks. Av. Libertador 1473, Recoleta

Sound

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For those that don’t feel like slow dancing but feel like dancing anyway, don’t miss the La Grande orchestra that kicks off its 2017  repertoire this Tuesday alongside Villa Diamante at 8pm. Santos 4040, Villa Crespo 

Those who want to jazz up the evening can stop by Bebop Club in San Telmo which will be hosting a Woody Allen jazz night from 9pm onwards. Moreno 364, San Telmo. 

Smell

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To indulge in the sense of smell, stop by Fueguia, a unique perfume lab where you can sample unique scents and maybe pick out a perfume for your beloved. Av. Alvear 1680, Recoleta. 

Wine is both an indulgence for the nose and for the palate, plus it’s a great for a date. Stop by the Gran Bar Danzón wine bar, or head to Bar du Marché‘s new venue in Nicaragua 6002 in Palermo which will open on Monday the 13th. Otherwise, ask one of the UCO som’s to guide you through the restaurant’s great wine list!

Taste

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At UCO you can also pamper your significant other with a special Valentine’s Tasting Menu which is bound to be better than love itself. Book in advance! Soler 5862, Palermo

You can also kill two birds with one stone at Florería Atlántico which is both a flower shop and a great dining spot! Arroyo 972, Retiro

Touch

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If you want to get away for the day, head to the Delta Eco Spa in Tigre where you can explore a unique location plus get a massage. Río Carapachay 605, Tigre

Top 5 Fairs in Buenos Aires

Shopping season is here with Christmas right around the corner and this year we propose looking for unique gifts at some of the city’s most well known weekend fairs where you can find antiques, handmade crafts, one of a kind designs, typical local tokens and more.

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San Telmo: Probably the most famous, the San Telmo fair is known mainly for its antiques, however it has also become a spot for artisans to sell some of their carefully crafted designs as well.  Defensa and Humberto 1, San Telmo

Other things to do in the area: stop by the MAMBA and check out some great contemporary art exhibits, and then pause for a chocotorta at the Pride Café.

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Parque Lezama: Also in San Telmo, this fair is located in Parque Lezama which is set in front of a stunning Russian Orthodox church and next to the National History Museum. Defensa and Brazil, San Telmo

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Plaza Francia: This fair which takes place in the stunning Plaza Francia in Recoleta just in front of the MNBA (the National Museum of Fine Arts) is a great place to buy leather, silver and knits, and is well known for the quality of the products and designs. Av. Libertador and Av. Alvear, Recoleta

Other things to do in the area: tour the Recoleta Cemetery and stop by traditional café La Biela for a break.

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Plaza Serrano: The Palermo fair in Plaza Serrano is surrounded by stores that open up on weekends for new and upcoming designers to showcase and sell their stuff. Also, it is full of great spots to stop for a bite or drinks.  Honduras and Serrano, Palermo

Other things to do in the area: Walk a few blocks to the Botanical Garden and cool off in the shade after an afternoon of shopping, or stop for some wine and a good read at nearby wine & bookstore, Alamut.

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Feria de Mataderos: slightly further away from the city center, this Sunday fair is perfect for those looking for typical local products and gaucho style souvenirs. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. de los Corrales, Liniers

Other things to do in the area: the Bolivian market which offers andean food and complements opens on Sundays in front of the fair, and the Mercado de Liniers, which commercializes cattle, is right next to it.

 

We Recommend: Sudeste Kayak Tours

Now that the weather is warmer and that the flowers are in full bloom, it’s the perfect time to get to know the outdoorsy side of Buenos Aires, and a Tigre kayak outing to experience the delta from the waterfront should definitely be on your list of musts, if it already isn’t!

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Sudeste, in reference to the South East winds which make the tides grow, and also to an Haroldo Conti novel, is run by the delta savvy Martin Schoo, and offers the chance to go kayaking in either half day or full day tailored excursions that include equipment, instructions, and a mate, fruit and pastry rest in the shade after the half day, or an asado if you’re willing to go the whole way. Plus, you get a lot of information about the unique geography of the river estuary, and some interesting anecdotes that Martin can share with you about living in this savage habitat. Sudeste also offers night tours, which is perfect for full moon lovers and the more adventurous lot.

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Recommendations include that you go on a weekday, when it is not so crowded, that you take sunscreen and mosquito repellent, that you wear something comfortable and fresh, and that you take a spare dry change of clothes for the return. Requirements are few, no previous rowing experience is necessary, but you do need to know how to swim and to have an overall good fitness level.

For more information and maps of paddling areas go to Sudeste’s webpage here, follow them on Facebook here, or contact them directly at martin@sudeste-kayak.com.ar,   (+5411) 15 38 604018.