Top 5 BA Activities on a Budget

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1- Costanera Sur Ecologic Reserve (and a chori): One of the most spectacular views of the city can be found at the ecologic reserve behind Puerto Madero, plus, on the outside, it is surrounded by choripan carts where you can get scrumptious chorizo  filled sandwiches for a fair price.

2- Buenos Aires Local Tours: Take a free tour of Buenos Aires with Jonathan, an Englishman in love with the city. Tours start every day at 11am at the centre of Plaza Italia by the Garibaldi Horse monument and cover the areas of Almagro, Congress and the Plaza de Mayo using local transport to get around. More information here.

3- The Recoleta Cemetery: Surrounded by some of the city’s most beautiful parks, this is a classic city landmark that is free for roaming and discovering, plus, nearby are the Centro Cultural Recoleta, the MNBA (national museum of fine arts), and the Palais de Glace which all host free exhibits regularly.

4-Palermo 3 de Febrero Parks: The Botanical Gardens, the Palermo Rosedal and the rest of the surrounding green areas are all beautiful city landmarks with sculptures, monuments, (a significant cat population) and even paddle-boats to enjoy on a sunny afternoon.

5- La Bomba del Tiempo: This unique percussion orchestra event has become one of Monday’s highlights in the city and is a great alternative for dancing and experiencing a one-of-a-kind environment. The ticket is 50 pesos (same as for a cinema ticket) if bought in advance here, or 60 pesos at the door.

And on a Sunday, stopping by the Feria de Mataderos is a great way of getting a dose of the typical local gaucho customs for next to nothing if you don’t get too tempted by the leather goods and crafts on sale!

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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If you´re planning to visit the city center to see the Obelisco, or to take a tour of the Colón Theatre, head to the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba first.  Originally built as a disguise for a water tower meant to provide clean drinking water to the people after the 1877 outbreak of yellow fever, the stunning palace now works as Aguas Argentinas’s headquarters (the local water company) and also as a museum. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso. 6319-1104.

Popular British Indie band The Kooks will be presenting their new record “Junk of the Heart” at the Luna Park.  Tickets here.

 

Tuesday

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The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Recoleta is presenting a new exhibit ¨Claridad, la vanguardia en lucha¨, showcasing Argentine art from the 20´s-40´s depicting different social and political aspects that the country was going through at the time. Av. Del Libertador 1473, Recoleta.

If you’re looking for a laugh don’t miss 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

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The international circus festival, Polo Circo will be taking place until the 14th of May, and is a great opportunity to check out some of the most talented acrobats and circus shows around the world! Find the full program here.

Don’t miss Mora Godoy: Chantecler Tango, a tango musical directed by the British Stephen Rayne, that is being staged at the Teatro Alvear from Wednesday’s-Sunday’s. Avda. Corrientes 1659, Downtown. 4373-4245.

 

Thursday

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The Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta is hosting a special exhibit on renowned Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik. The museum is open from 1pm-7pm. Juramento 2291, Belgrano.

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 cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

 

Friday

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The city’s most important art fair Arte BA kicks off on Friday providing for a great opportunity for art enthusiasts and collectors to see the latest Argentine art on the market.  Open from 1pm-9pm. More information here.

In the evening, don’t miss the Tango Championship where the country’s best dancers will show the best of their abilities.  Find the full program here. 

 

Saturday and Sunday

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On Saturday, starting at 2pm TedxJovenes@RiodeLaPlata will be showcasing inspiring proposals, artwork and music by Argentine youth from 16-21 years of age at Ciudad Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Don’t miss the new MALBA exhibit, Bye Bye American Pie, which showcases some of the most influential American contemporary art by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Noland, and Paul Mc Carthy. Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta. 

On Sunday at 11am the Colón Theatre will be presenting a tribute to George Enescu free of charge. Tickets must be picked up at the city in advance. Cerrito 628, Downtown. 4378 7100

On Sunday between2pm-4pm there will be a special origami demonstration at the Japanese Gardens in Palermo. Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av.Casares.

2012 Gallery Nights

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The 2012 Buenos Aires Gallery Nights launches this Friday bringing art enthusiasts together once again.

The monthly events, which have been part of the city agenda since 2001, seek to promote art and allow the public to get in touch with the city’s latest artistic talents.

This year American Express will be hosting guided tours to five select galleries starting at 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm at Arroyo and Esmeralda.

Additionally there will be a free minibus transportation service that will stop at the designated points on the Gallery Night circuit (marked as yellow points on the map).

This week’s Gallery Night will take place from 7pm-10pm in the Retiro, Barrio Norte and Recoleta areas. Future Gallery Nights will also feature a Palermo circuit.