Avenidas de Buenos Aires: Pres. Figueroa Alcorta

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PH: Raul Antonio Alvarez

Los hinchas en horda con banderas, bocinazos, el tránsito de los porteños que van hacia el centro de la ciudad donde conviven bancos y librerías, torres, edificios bajos, local y extranjero, puentes y parques donde los adolescentes se besan. ¿Por dónde se empieza a conocer una ciudad tan grande como Buenos Aires? El mapa puede ser un lugar tan bueno como cualquiera para ver adónde van a ir los hinchas de River este domingo, adónde van a festejar los estudiantes el Día de la Primavera, para ver arte latinoamericano; en la Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta.

La famosa avenida, que va desde el Estadio Monumental de River Plate hasta la Facultad de Derecho, se inauguró en 1910, en el centenario de la Revolución de Mayo. El afamado arquitecto y paisajista Carlos Thays ayudó a diseñarla.

Algunos de los puntos de mayor interés para explorar en esta avenida son:

Estadios

Estadio Monumental River Plate: Uno de los estadios más frecuentados de la ciudad, tanto por sus partidos de fútbol como por los recitales que ofrece. Además, tiene un pequeño museo. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7509, CABA

Estadio GEBA: Ubicado en Palermo, este pequeño estadio que linda con Figueroa Alcorta es uno de los elegidos por musicos internacionales.  Marcelino Freyre 3831, Palermo

Museos

MALBA: Este museo, que se convirtió en uno de los polos culturales de la ciudad, tiene una colección única de obras de arte latinoamericano del siglo XX. El museo también proyecta ciclos de cine, tiene muestras temporales de artistas internacionales, y ofrece conferencias y talleres relacionados al arte, a la estética y al lenguaje. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Parques

Parque 3 de Febrero: Carlos Thays también participó del diseño de este conjunto de 15 parques públicos y 21 clubes deportivos. Algunos de los puntos más emblemáticos en esta extensión de verde incluyen el Rosedal, el Museo Sívori, el Planetario y el Jardín Japonés.

Floralis Genérica: Ubicada en la Plaza de las Naciones Unidas en Recoleta, esta hermosa escultura metálica fue donada a la ciudad por el arquitecto Eduardo Catalano. La flor está diseñada para abrirse a la mañana a las 8 y cerrarse al atardecer. En las noches del 25 de mayo, del 21 de septiembre, y del 24 y 31 de diciembre, permanece abierta. Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 2301, Recoleta.

Con sus árboles y sombras, Figueroa Alcorta es una avenida que vale la pena recorrer a pie para apreciar también su arquitectura. Incluso tiene su propia canción:

Buenos Aires Avenues: Pres. Figueroa Alcorta

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PH: Vinicius Pinheiro

A hoard of football fans waving flags and honking cars, a traffic jam of unruly commuters trying to get to the busy downtown area where bookstores and banks coexist, high rise, low rise, local and foreign, bridges and parks where teenagers kiss. Where do we begin the exploration of a city so big? A good place as any could be a map, and there, on the map of Buenos Aires, we can see where the River fans will be next Sunday, where students will celebrate Spring this Thursday, and some of the city’s best places to catch a glimpse of Latin American art; all on Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta.

This famous avenue that spans from the River Plate Monumental Stadium to the Buenos Aires Law School (Facultad de Derecho), was inaugurated in the 1910 centennial of the May revolution, and was planned with the help of the great landscape architect Carlos Thays.

Some of the avenues hotspots include:

Stadiums

River Plate Monumental Stadium: One of the most visited stadiums in the city, it hosts both football matches and live international acts. Plus, there is a River Plate museum close by to check out. Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 7509, CABA

Estadio GEBA: Right off Figueroa Alcorta, in Palermo, this smaller stadium is also often the host of live international acts. Marcelino Freyre 3831, Palermo

Museums

Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA): The museum, which has become one of the most popular cultural centers in the city, offers a unique collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings, collage, photographs and objects by twentieth century artists from Central and South America. The museum also hosts film screenings and interesting temporary exhibitions and conferences .  Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 4808-6500.

Parks

Parque 3 de Febrero: Carlos Thays was also involved in the landscaping and design of this group of parks which is composed of 25 ha., and made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs.  Some of the highlights for those getting to know the city include the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a myriad of activities related to Japanese culture.

Floralis Genérica: Located in the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas in Recoleta, this beautiful metal flower sculpture was donated to the city by architect Eduardo Catalano. It has a built in system that allows it to open in the mornings at 8 am and to close at dusk. On the special nights of the 25th of May, the 21st of September, the 24th of December and the 31st of December, it remains open. Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta 2301, Recoleta.

Shady, and full of trees, Figueroa Alcorta is also a nice Avenue to walk down as it has some beautiful architecture.

The Avenue even has its own song:

Top Places for Picnics in BA

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Picnics are one of the many perks of nice weather, and are both enjoyable and cheap options to savour delicious nourishment in the outdoors. Now that spring is upon us, it is the perfect time to find a shady Ombú or a sunny patch of grass to sit under and dig in. Below are our favorite BA picnic spots.

In Palermo- Tres de Febrero Parks.  These emblematic Buenos Aires parks are perfect for picnics due to their ample space and shady trees. Our favorite is the Rosedal where you can sit down and watch the pedal boats whilst blooming roses surround you. Where to buy your sandwich: Voltaire Coffee and DeliAngel Justiniano Carranza 1946, Palermo.

In Recoleta- Plaza de las Naciones Unidas. The Recoleta area is also surrounded by lush parks and is a great spot for enjoying a meal outdoors. Plaza de las Naciones Unidas is a landmark in itself due to the stunning Floralis Genérica sculpture. It is surrounded by the city art museums, and close to the famous Recoleta cemetery.  Where to buy your sandwich: Tea Connection. Montevideo 1655, Recoleta.

In Puerto Madero- Reserva Ecológica. The ecological reserve behind Puerto Madero has one of the best city views and is a gorgeous spot for a picnic. Where to buy your sandwich: For the healthy Sanno Natural Temptations (Mariquita Sanchez de Thompson 367, Local 7, Puerto Madero), for the adventurous, purchase your typical choripan or bondiola sandwich at the parri-carts outside of the reserve.

In San Telmo- Parque Lezama. This beautiful park in San Telmo has a gazebo, a sculpture garden, florid jacarandas, history and a lot of green. Additionally, it is surrounded by the traditional Bar Britanico and the Russian Orthodox Church.   Where to buy your sandwich: Delivery Gourmet. Juan de Garay 319, San Telmo.

In the outskirts of the city- Martinez– The riverbed of the Rio de la Plata at the Martinez and Acasuso locations is lined with open green spaces that are perfect for a picnic. Plus, the Tren de la Costa borders it and is one of the ways of getting to Tigre. Where to buy your sandwich: Deli Club. Emilio Lamarca 391, Martinez.

5 Emblematic City Landmarks

Obelisco: This Buenos Aires icon at the center of the emblematic 9 de Julio avenue in the heart of the city is a well-known city landmark. It has been standing since 1936 and was built to celebrate the foundation of the city.  The obelisk has since functioned as a meeting point to celebrate world-cup football wins, and to stage shows such as Julio Bocca’s last dance and a Placido Domingo live concert, amongst others. It is also often decorated to commemorate many occasions, such as the Bicentennial or the memorable 2005 world Aids day – in which it was covered by a giant condom!

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Torre Monumental: The Palladian-style tower in front of Retiro train station was a gift to the city from the British to commemorate the centennial of the May Revolution. Initially, its name was Torre de los Ingleses, but the name was changed after the Falklands/Malvinas war.  Still, it stands as one of the city’s signature monuments, displaying the Irish shamrock, the Welsh dragon, the Scottish thistle and the English rose.

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Monumento de los Españoles: This stunning monument on Sarmiento and Libertador avenues in Palermo was donated in 1910 by the local Spanish community to commemorate the May revolution, although due to many complications in its construction it wasn’t inaugurated until 1927. The bronze and marble monument, which is also called “La Magna Carta y las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas,” consists of a  representation of the Pampas, the Andes, Chaco and Rio de La Plata regions on its base, and at the top of the monument, a statue of the Republic.

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Puente de la Mujer: This beautiful modern bridge in Puerto Madero was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was inspired by tango dancers. Its unique  and elegant design, which includes a complex rotational system to allow boats through, has made it famous worldwide.

(Photo by Christian Haugen)

Floralis Generica: Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano is responsible for the impressive steel and aluminum flower the heart of Recoleta. The sculpture, which closes its metal petals at night and reopens with the sunlight, is symbolic for rebirth and hope.

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5 Outdoor Buenos Aires Attractions

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As the days get warmer and the sun shines bright, exploring the city out in the fresh air becomes more appealing. Fortunately, one of the great things about Buenos Aires is that despite being a gigantic urban labyrinth, its streets are lined with lush trees and there are plenty a park and a place to explore outdoors.

 

Parque 3 de Febrero: The lush extensive parks that were inaugurated in 1852 by caudillo Juan Manuel de Rosas are a city emblem. Between Av. Libertador and Lugones, and extending from Av. Casares in Palermo to La Pampa in Belgrano, this group of parks is composed of 25 hectares made up of 15 public parks and 21 private sport clubs.  Some of the highlights for those getting to know the city include the “Rosedal”, an extensive rose garden with an Andalusian patio and a small lake to pedal boat in, the Sivori museum of art, the planetarium and the Japanese gardens which host a variety of activities related to Japanese culture.

 

Recoleta parks and Cemetery: The Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most famous attractions of Buenos Aires and for good reason. Great political figures, scientists, writers and other important characters of the city are buried in this cemetery full of stories of broken hearts, love and hate, friendship, obsession, loyalty and ghosts. The architecture of the vaults is also pretty spectacular which is why it’s a must visit. Other attractions in the area include very extensive and lovely parks, museums, architectural gems and the famous Floralis Generica monument.

 

Puerto Madero: Pierced by the river, this upscale area is lined with renovated warehouses that were turned into hip restaurants overlooking sailboats and bridges. Modern and upscale, it is a great place to walk through, and lunch in. The elegant Puente de la Mujer (woman’s bridge), and the Fragata de Libertad (a ship turned into a museum) are the main attractions of this carefully cared for area.

 

Reserva Ecológica: Behind Puerto Madero is a unique ecosystem that naturally emerged from deposits of rubble used for the construction of a highway in the 70s and 80s.  It has become a great place for bird watching within minutes of the city, and also has the best views of the city’s skyline. Guided tours of the reserve are available on weekends from 10.30am-3.30pm and a monthly nocturnal visit is conducted which you must book a week in advance for. More information on nocturnal tour dates here.

 

Tigre: In the outskirts of the city, on the opposite side of town, is an island lined by small rivers and streams. The rugged location surrounded by nature offers a variety of attractions including canoeing, kayak and other excursions by boat, trekking, ecotourism, motorboat and commuter boats to take you to different places on the riverside, restaurants, spas, tea-houses, picnic sites, a naval museum, an art museum, a mate museum, a casino, a crafts fair and an amusement park. More information here.