5 Outdoor Activities to Celebrate Love in Buenos Aires

Valentine’s Day is coming up on Sunday and the sunny summer forecast is perfect for romance in the great outdoors. Below, find our pick of 5 outdoor activities to celebrate love in Buenos Aires.

Stroll The Botanical Gardens:

botanico

(Photo by Oscar Tello)

The Palermo centered Botanical Gardens are perfect for shady strolls and kissing under the trees. There are also fountains and sculptures that add ambience to one of the city’s most well loved green areas.

Visit The Palermo Rosedal:

roses

(Photo by Augusta C. Klug)

Also in Palermo is the famous Rosedal, full of blooming fragrant roses, a romantic bridge, an Andalusian patio, geese and paddle boats. You can also stop by the Sivory Museum which is right across the parks.

Explore The Tigre Delta:

ferris wheel

(Photo by Andrew Sorensen)

If you’re willing to head out a bit from the city center, the Tigre Delta is a unique place to explore where you can rent kayaks, go bird watching, enjoy some pampering at one of the spas and even take a ride on a Ferris Wheel in a cheesy amusement park or place bets at the casino.

Splurge in Puerto Madero:

puerto maderou

(Photo by Diego Torres Silvestre)

Puerto Madero is great for long lunches by the river, but also for sailing and walking. Check out the Puente de la Mujer, the Fragata Sarmiento Museum and the Ecological Reserve while you’re in the area.

Join a Fun Tour:

horsies

(Photo by Omar Eduardo)

There are plenty of tours to do in Buenos Aires that will let you get to know the city better. Try a photography tour with Foto Ruta to bond with your significant other while taking pictures, or go horseback riding with Caballos a la par for a rural valentine’s experience.

Also remember that UCO Restaurant will offer a special tasting menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

(Photo by lbonini)

One of the most spectacular views of the city can be found at the ecologic reserve behind Puerto Madero. This spot of nature in the city has a curious story that began with humans taking over the river´s shore.

At first, from 1918-1950 the area was used for bathing. There was not much more than the river and its banks. Then, the water became contaminated and it could no longer be used for freshening up in the summer so, in the 70´s, it was decided that it would be conditioned to build the city´s administrative center. To do so, the land was reclaimed from the river. The project was abandoned in the 80´s and when nature realized humans had no use for it, it decided to colonize the rubble filled banks that regularly flooded. The area became covered in water hyacinths and soon birds and other wildlife made it their home. In 1989 it was finally declared an ecologic reserve.

Nowadays the ecologic reserve is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday and can be toured on weekends from 9.30am-4pm. One Friday a month, the closest to a full moon, a nocturnal tour of the reserve is organized. To participate you must call to sign up on the previous Monday. Below is the list of the remaining scheduled nocturnal tours for 2012.

Sign-Up Date Nocturnal Tour
02-April-2012 06-April-2012
30-April-2012 04-May-2012
28-May-2012 01-June-2012
02-July-2012 06-July-2012
30-July-2012 03-August-2012
24-September-2012 28-September-2012
22-October-2012 26-October-2012
26-November-2012 30-November-2012
24-December-2012 28-December-2012

Contact details:

Av. Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550, Puerto Madero

4893-1588/ 4893 -1597 interno 108

reserva_cs@buenosaires.gov.ar

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am-6pm