This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Luis Muñoz)

Visit Palacio Barolo, one of the city’s architectural landmarks, full of references to poet Dante Alighieri. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm, and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52. Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885. info@palaciobarolotours.com.ar

In the evening don’t miss out on La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

Tuesday

(Photo by Kara Brugman)

Stop by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to check out the new Real/Virtual exhibit, featuring Argentine kinetic art from the 70´s. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta. 5288-9999

Whilst in the area remember to stop by the Palais de Glace where a special photography exhibit is being held until the 9th of July.  Opening hours: Tue-Sun midday-8pm. Posadas 1725, Recoleta.

If you’re looking for a laugh head to the Grin Go! Stand Up comedy Show starting at 9pm at the Absinth Resto Bar. Bartolomé Mitre 1695, Downtown. 4371-6486. Be sure to make a reservation by emailing gringo@comicosdepie.com.ar.

Wednesday

(Photo by Krypto)

Take a tour of the famous Teatro Colón; this impressive opera house is internationally known for its architectural beauty and its wonderful acoustics. The stately theatre can be toured every day from 9am-5.30pm and tours last approximately 1 hour. Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100.

At 8.30pm, the Fibonacci Proyect Buenos Aires will be presenting a multidisciplinary show, product of an international collaborative program that seeks to promote cultural integration. Centro Cultural San Martin, Sarmiento 1551, Downtown.

Thursday

(Photo by write_adam)

Stop by the Buenos Aires Planetarium to experience the immersive show “Journey to the Stars” which traces stars through time. The experience was created in collaboration with the NASA, the American Museum on Natural Science in New York and a group of renowned scientists. Tue-Fri 1pm, 4pm, 5pm. Sat-Sun 2pm, 3pm. 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldan, Palermo.

For a unique evening, book your place at Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

 

Friday

(Photo by josquin2000)

Take a day trip to the local bakery, butcher shop and market where Teresita will show you all the traditional foods and ingredients. Afterwards go back to her home and learn to make empanadas before having a delicious gourmet 4-course meal with wine pairings! More on Teresita’s culinary tour here.

Later on, the monthly Gallery Nights will take place from 7pm to 10pm in the Recoleta and Barrio Norte areas. More information here.

Saturday & Sunday

Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s famous one of a kind brunch, now served on Saturdays too! Soler 5862,  Palermo Hollywood.  3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Head to Tigre and stop by the Museo de Arte de Tigre where the MALBA  is sharing some of its artwork from its permanent collection.  The Tigre museum also showcases local artwork and has a stunning architecture.

Professional photographer Jocelyn Mandryk (who took Fierro’s latest photographs) and her associate Becky Hayes have taken tourist photography to a whole new level on their Saturday Foto Ruta tours.  What they propose is to get to know the city from another point of view, taking their travelers through off the beaten path locations and setting creative guidelines for the photographs so that they can explore the local colors and characters through the lens from a new perspective. The Foto Ruta tour runs every Saturday from 2pm-6pm and costs 100 pesos. More information on the Foto Ruta webpage.

We Recommend: Argentina Polo Day

(Photo by ARGENTINA POLO DAY)

One of Argentina’s great attractions is its equestrian culture, manifested in the game of Polo, which Argentine teams are internationally renowned for.

To really get to know Polo, and why not, play it,  Argentina Polo Day have  put together an excursion combining a taste of traditional foods and wines, relaxing and leisure by the pool and amidst nature, and of course horseback riding, polo lessons, polo matches and the chance to interact with some of the best local players and coaches.

The day begins with empanadas, wine and an explanation of the sport and the horses. After filling up a bit, professional players play a match with bilingual commentators explaining what is going on. After the game a typical asado is served and in the afternoon beginner polo lessons are taught and poolside relaxing encouraged, completing a day full of fun filled activities and local culture.

Argentina Polo Day takes place in a countryside setting at just a 45-minute car ride away from Buenos Aires, and transportation can be arranged if needed. The tours run every day and must be booked in advance.

 

Contact:

153 108 1025

ruben@argentinapoloday.com.ar

http://www.argentinapoloday.com.ar

 

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Lu Monte)

Start the week by paying a visit to the Carlos Gardel Museum and learn everything there is to know about the famous tango legend. If you stay until 6.30 pm you can watch some live tango.

The Buenos Aires Tango Queer Festival also starts today and will be hosting workshops, classes and dance shows throughout the week. More information here.

In the evening head to La Cigale to participate in the monthly Pub Quiz (in English) where you can meet people and maybe win something!

Museo Carlos Gardel

Jean Jaures 735, Abasto

4964-2015

La Cigale

25 de Mayo 597, Downtown.

4893-2332

Tuesday

(Photo by claudioruiz)

Explore the Tres de Febrero parks in Palermo. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25ha made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs and includes the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivori Museum, the Planetarium and the Japanese Gardens. Throughout November there is a photography exhibit about the Mayas at the Rosedal.

In the evening head for a special dinner at  Unik, a newcomer to the Palermo scene  which offers a combination of top quality gourmet dining and modern design.

Unik

Soler 5231, Palermo

4772-2230

info@unik.pro

Open:

Lunch- Tue-Sat 12.30-3pm, Dinner: Mon-Sat 8.30pm-12pm

Wednesday

(Photo by Jack Zalium)

Inside a beautiful French style building you will find The Decorative Art Museum, which showcases a collection of local and foreign objects and furniture. The building in itself makes the museum well worth the visit and the cafe in the courtyard is a lovely place for an afternoon stop.

In the evening the Stone Temple Pilots play at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo

Av.del Libertador 1902

4801-8248

museo@mnad.org

Luna Park

Av. Madero 420, Downtown

5279-5279

Thursday

(Photo by MarenYumi)

Head to the stunning new Faena Arts Center in Puerto Madero, which is showcasing the center´s opening Ernesto Neto exhibit, curated by the Tate Modern’s Jessica Morgan.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association Andres Rosberg and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people.

Faena Arts Center

Aimé Paine 1169, Puerto Madero

4010 9233

Fierro Hotel Buenos Aires

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6800

 Friday

(Photo by Robert Ostmann)

Aiming to promote the urban art scene in Buenos Aires Graffitimundo offers an off the beaten path tour of the city streets. Group tours are offered every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday starting at 3pm for those interested in learning more about the local street art and the political and social context that is behind it. This is a great option to get to know another side of Buenos Aires. More information on meeting points and prices here.

In the evening Alexandre Babel, Nuno Aroso, Bruno Lo Bianco, Martín Diez  and Gonzalo Pérez will be interpreting James Tenney´s contemporary percussion pieces at the Colón Theatre.

Teatro Colón

Cerrito 628, Downtown

4378 7100

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by calafellvalo)

Take a day trip to, La Campiña, a 25 year old orange farm in the Buenos Aires town of San Pedro owned by a couple who wished to turn their love for the land into their life. Visits include a tour of the orange plantation (with the added joy of the orange blossoms perfume in the spring), of the selection process, of a dovecot, jam making area, storage and the restaurant. More information here.

Pop Diva Britney Spears stops by Buenos Aires on her Femme Fatale World Tour to put on one of her famous shows at Estadio Unico de La Plata on Sunday 20th of November. Tickets here.

We Recommend: Isla Martín García

(Photo by Ostrosky Photos)

Between Argentina and Uruguay, in the middle of the Rio de la Plata is a scantly populated island called Martín García, one of Buenos Aires´ natural reserves and historical landmarks.

The island, which was discovered by the expedition of Juan Díaz de Solís in 1516 was initially used as a prison 1765 until 1886 since it was very difficult to escape from due to the turbulent waters around it. Later on it was also used as a political prison and military garrison and some of the country’s most important and controversial political figures such as Marcelo Alvear,  Hipolito Yrigoyen, Juan Domingo Peron and Arturo Frondizi  served time there.

Now a days the island functions as a tourist destination and ecological reserve with over 800 species of plants, and more than 250 species of birds. Historical sites include a museum, a lighthouse, the prisons and a cemetery amongst others. The island is also famous for its Panettone.

 

How to get there

There are only two ways to get to the island, one is by a light aircraft which takes approximately 20 minutes from the city, and the other is by the Cacciola boat company in Tigre which offers day trip excursions including snacks and lunch and also overnight excursions with lodging at the only hostel in the Island.  Aircraft information here. La Cacciola here.