Sunny Side Up: Outdoor Adventures in Buenos Aires

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The forecast says the warm sunny weather will continue for the following ten days, and maybe more with a premature spring in the air. Besides enjoying some garden lounging and late night drinking in the bustling Palermo area, here are four alternative activities for some sunny day adventures too!

Argentina Polo Day: At just 45 minutes away from the city center, this is a great spot to relax outside where you can have an asado, watch a professional polo match, but best of all, learn how to play yourself! A unique activity well worth experiencing during your stay! More information here.

City Sailing Buenos Aires: The Rio de la Plata is as much part of the porteño identity as its shoreline and sailing is a great way to experience the city from another point of view while having some great fun as well. More information here. 

Sudeste Kayak: The Tigre Delta is of course another must when the weather is nice, and the great thing about Sudeste Kayak is that they give you a chance to explore its little nooks and crannies while keeping the body moving. Plus, they have a great nocturnal tour that you don’t want to miss with the upcoming full moon. Find out more here.

Perú Beach Extreme Sports Center: Located in the residential Zona Norte area, and on the shore of the river banks, this laid back center has plenty of adventure options including kite surfing and climbing walls. Also, it is right in front of the Tren de la Costa Barrancas station that has a lovely little antique fair and the area is full of nice parrillas  with outdoor riverside seating. More information here.

Buenos Aires Agenda: January/Enero 18-24

Monday/Lunes

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Check out the new MALBA exhibit of Belgian artist Francis Alÿs’s poetic-political artwork. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

In the afternoon, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you can stop by the Fierro Hotel garden and grab a couple of cocktails at the UCO  happy hour! 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

In the evening, at 8.30pm, catch the Argentina Tango Salón Festival closing night at La Milonga de los Zucca in San Telmo. Humberto Primo 1462, San Telmo.

El MALBA está exhibiendo una muestra del trabajo político-poético del artista belga Francis Alÿs. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

A la tarde, desde las 17.30 hasta las 19.30hs., abre  el jardín de Fierro Hotel para ofrecer cócteles en el happy hour de UCO restaurante. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

A la noche, a partir de las 20.30, se lleva a cabo la milonga de cierre del Argentina Tango Salón Festival en La Milonga de los Zucca en San Telmo. Humberto Primo 1462, San Telmo.

Tuesday/Martes

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Sunny weather is perfect for taking a Foto Ruta Tour where you can get to know the city from a different perspective!

Later on, head to the Doppelganger Bar in San Telmo for some of the city’s best drinks and atmosphere. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.

El clima cálido y soleado es ideal para hacer un tour fotográfico de Buenos Aires con Foto Ruta y aprender a mirar a la ciudad desde otro ángulo.

Por la noche, Doppelganger Bar en San Telmo, es una buena opción para probar algunos de los mejores cocktails de Buenos Aires en uno de los ambientes más amenos de la ciudad. Juan de Garay 500, San Telmo.4300 0201.

Wednesday/Miércoles

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Buenos Aires is a literary city, explore its bookstores or write someone a letter in one of the city’s traditional cafes

Later on, experience the music of Radiohead, Rolling Stones and Oasis in complete darkness at the Centro de Teatro Ciego. Tickets here

Buenos Aires es una ciudad literaria con librerías hermosas para explorar, y cafés tradicionales donde sentarse a escribir cartas.

Más tarde, el Teatro Ciego invita a experimentar la música de Radiohead, Rolling Stones y Oasis en total oscuridad. Entradas aquí.

Thursday/Jueves

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The international Human Bodies exhibit is taking place at La Rural in Palermo and is the perfect chance to get to know more about your own biology. Buy your tickets here.

If the weather is nice, at 8pm, you can catch an outdoor screening of Vivaldi’s Motezuma at the Plaza del Vaticano, right next to the Colón Theatre.

La Rural en Palermo está exhibiendo la muestra internacional Human Bodies que invita a un mayor entendimiento de la biología humana. Entradas aquí.

Si el clima acompaña, a las 20hs., se llevará a cabo una proyección de Motezuma, de Vivaldi, en la Plaza del Vaticano, al lado del Teatro Colón.

Friday/Viernes

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If the weather is nice, a day trip to Tigre is a must while you’re in Buenos Aires. You can try a water sport, stop by the Puerto de Frutos where you can purchase local goods, go on a rollercoaster ride, and even place your bets at the local Casino. Explore on your own or try a tour!

In the evening, from 7pm to 2am, the new night edition of the Buenos Aires Market gourmet food fair will be taking place at the Palermo racetracks!

Si el día está soleado, hacer una excursión al Tigre es una salida imperdible. Algunas de las actividades que proponemos incluyen los deportes acuáticos, pasar por el Puerto de Frutos para comprar artesanías, subir a una montaña rusa, o probar suerte en el Casino. Explora por tu cuenta o súmate a un Tour.

A partir de las 7 de la tarde y hasta la madrugada del sábado, se lleva a cabo la nueva edición nocturna de la feria de alimentos gourmet Buenos Aires Market, en el hipódromo de Palermo.

Saturday and Sunday/ Sábado y Domingo

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Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday from 7pm to 2am, the new night edition of the Buenos Aires Market gourmet food fair will be taking place at the Palermo racetracks!

On Sunday, if you want to keep dancing, head to the Picnic Electronic Music event that starts at 5pm in Punta Carrasco.

Hacé tu reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

El sábado, a partir de las 7 de la tarde y hasta la madrugada del domingo, se lleva a cabo la nueva edición nocturna de la feria de alimentos gourmet Buenos Aires Market en el hipódromo de Palermo

El domingo, quien quiera seguir bailando puede hacerlo a partir de las 17hs. en el Picnic Electronic Music que se lleva a cabo en Punta Carrasco.

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!

Coming up: Buenos Aires Market

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Buenos Aires Market kicks off its 2013 edition this weekend at the 3 de Febrero Parks in Palermo. The market, which aims at promoting healthy lifestyle and organic products, will have over 60 stands and will be featuring different workshops on organic gardening, raw food and more. There will also be free yoga classes on both Saturday and Sunday at midday.

The fair will take place from 10 am to 7pm at the intersection of Sarmiento and Libertador Avenue.  If it rains the market will take place on the following weekend.

Future fairs will be taking place throughout the year at different locations:

March: 16th and 17th / 3 de Feberero Parks, Palermo

April: 13th and 14th / Barrancas de Belgrano

May: 11th and 12th / 3 de Febrero Parks, Palermo

June: 22nd and 23rd / Parque Rivadavia, Caballito

July: 13th and 14th / 3 de Febrero Parks, Palermo

August: 17th and 18th / Plaza San Martín

September: 14th and 15th / 3 de Febrero Parks, Palermo

October: 12th and 13th /La Boca- Usina del Arte

November: 23rd and 24th / 3 de Febrero Parks, Palermo

Summer Café: Cocó Marie

A new addition to the Palermo scene, this daytime café meshes together everything summer. It is first of all a swimwear store, and also sells flip-flops, bags, other accessories, plants and flowers. It’s the perfect place to shop for that two-piece you need for lounging by the hotel rooftop pool and to stop for some great pastries or a light lunch in the shady outdoor patio. The cuisine, which they advertise as homemade and fresh, caters to the Palermo palate and includes salads, sandwiches and many a sweet treat for the afternoon. Armenia 1764, Palermo.4833 0950.

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival

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The Buenos Aires Jazz Festival will be taking place until the 26th of November, promising for a music filled long weekend. The event, which will feature both local and international acts, will also include special classes by international artists, film screenings and a photography exhibit.

Concerts are divided into seven different sections:

–       The international acts section will take place at the Usina del Arte in La Boca and in the Teatro Regio downtown. It will feature live acts by the Alain Jean-Marié Trio/ Cajanegra, Agustín Moya Quinteto / Alain Jean-Marie Solopiano, Dúo Ralph Towner – Javier Girotto / Kirk Lightsey Solopiano, Marc Ducret Trío / Ramon Fossati Glowing Trío, John Hollenbeck Quintet / Kirk Lightsey Trío, and Banda Mantiqueira.

–       The outdoor shows section will feature free shows on the outdoor terrace of the Centro Cultural Recoleta and the Anfiteatro Parque Centenario.

–       The jazzology section will also take place at the Centro Cultural Recoleta and features a jazz program directed by Carlos Inzillo who has brought different artists together to promote the local jazz scene.

–       There will also be an unplugged section that will feature free concerts at the Centro Cultural Recoelta’s El Aleph auditorium.

–       Every evening staring at 11.30pm there will be a jam session at La Trastienda with renowned local jazz musician Gillespi.

–       The special projects section will also take place in La Trastienda and will feature free concerts presenting new records and concepts by different artists.

–       Finally, Cruces is the section destined to bringing local and international artists together on the same stage. Upcoming concerts taking place at Cafe Vinilo and Notorious include: Danny Grissett & Jeanfrançois Prins + Juan Manuel Bayón & Luciano Ruggieri, Ugonna Okegwo, Adam Cruz & Mark Aanderud + Alejandro Demogli & Mariano Loiácono, Louis Winsberg + Ezequiel Dutil, Hernán Mandelman & Sophie Lüssi, Gilles Naturel & Philippe Soirat + Tomás Fraga & Manuel Fraga, David Gilmore & Agustín Moya + Mariano Sivori & Tomas Babjaczuk, Alfio Origlio, Jérôme Regard & Raimundo Santander + Hernán Hecht, Eric Echampard, Bruno Chevillion & Joel Holmes + Luis Nacht, and Judy Niemack & Paula Shocron Trío.

The Centro Cultural Recoleta will also feature free film screenings and a photography exhibit. Additionally, there will be special workshops and classes offered by some of the international artists who have been invited to the event.

The full festival program is available here.

Tickets for special workshops, international concerts and Cruces concerts are available for purchase here.

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.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Tuesday

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Head to Puerto Madero for a nice stroll along the river and stop at the Museo del Humor, which exhibits fantastic Argentine comic art.  Av. De los Italianos 851, Puerto Madero.

Later on, at 7 pm there will be a Porteño Drinks Class by José Luis Jáuregui. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

Also at 7 pm will be the Gastronomic Week photography contest at Foto Club Buenos Aires- Hipólito Yrigoyen 834, downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

Wednesday

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Don’t miss the gala at the Museo Fernandez Blanco that will take place at 6.30pm as part of the Gastronomic Week. Suipacha 1422, downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

At 7pm there will be a special pastry class by the Mexican Pastry Tournament winners. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com

The spectacular Colón Theatre will be staging a concert by the Guarneri Prague Trio featuring pieces by Josef Suk, Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorák. Tickets here.

Thursday

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Spring is the time for outdoor sightseeing and there are some great tours by air and water that make for perfect alternatives to get to know the city in a fun and novel way.

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

At 7 pm there will be a Porteño Drinks Class by José Luis Jáuregui. ISEHG- Tucumán 1610, Downtown. Book your place at soporte@probabuenosaires.com.

Friday

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From Friday throughout the weekend there will be a free art and technology festival, FASE 4, at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Junin 1930, Recoleta.

In the evening head to Unicorn Huset, the most promising new addition to the Buenos Aires night scene. Trendsetters and world travelers meet at this Scandinavian inspired resto/bar-club for some stylish upbeat fun! Open from Wednesday’s to Saturday’s from 9pm onwards. Honduras 5730, Palermo Hollywood.

Saturday and Sunday

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Remember to make a reservation for Hernán Gipponi’s unique must-try brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays! Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. 3220-6800.  info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

On Sunday, starting at 6pm,  the International Guitar Festival will close off with a live concert with all the guitarists at C. C. de la Memoria Haroldo Conti. Av. Del Libertador 8151, downtown.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

 

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The Casa FOA Molina Ciudad 2012 will be taking place in La Boca until the 14th of October and is a great chance to get to know Argentine architecture and design tendencies. Av. Regimiento de los Patricios, La Boca.

In the afternoon, stop for some tea and sweet treats at the traditional Confitería Las Violetas and then celebrate the return of the sun at the nearby 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

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Stop by the Centro Cultural Borges where the new Jean Tinguely exhibit is being displayed! Viamonte and San Martín, downtown.

The Cirque du Soleil will be presenting their new show from the 8th-30th of September at Complejo al Rio, Vicente Lopez. Tickets here.

Wednesday

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Don´t miss the Astor Piazzolla exhibit at the Centro de Exposiciones in Recoleta. J.E. Couture 2231, Recoleta.

Whilst in the area, take advantage of the sunny weather and explore the surrounding parks and landmarks.

Head to La Rural in the evening and visit the Vinos y Bodegas expo,where Argentine wineries will be showcasing their best wines. More information here.

Thursday

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This is a perfect time of year for sailing so hop on a boat in Puerto Madero and explore the city from the water! Smile on Sea offers 2 ½ hour trips, extended 4 ½ hour trips, full day trips and night sailing where you get to see the sun set behind the skyscrapers.  Contact: info@smileonsea.com.

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.

Megadeth will be staging a live show at the Estadio Malvinas Argentina’s. Tickets here.

Friday

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Take advantage of the sunshine and book your place for a Foto Ruta Academia tour where you can get to know the city through the lens while benefiting from professional photography tips! More information here.

In the evening, stop by Palermo’s new hotspot Rey de Copas, where you can sit down comfortably for drinks and French inspired nibbles! Gorriti 5176, Palermo / T. 2068-5220

Die Toten Hosen will be playing at the Estadio Malvinas Argentina’s. Tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday

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At the starting point of the Paraná delta, in the outskirts of the city, is the town of Tigre, set on an island lined by small rivers and streams. This 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.

Find a ten-day weather forecast here.

Off the Beaten Path: Rural Towns in the Buenos Aires Province

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Argentina is a vast country with many very different places to visit. Traveling to Buenos Aires usually means staying in Capital Federal, undoubtedly, the city has a unique magnetic pull; it is after all the country’s stunning capital. However, the province of Buenos Aires has charming towns that are well worth visiting to get the feel of the rural aspect of Argentine living. Many of these places are close to the city so they make great quick getaways. Below are some of our picks:

San Antonio de Areco:  This gaucho town, just 113 Km’s away North West from the city centre, is the perfect place to find typical customs, native silverwork and to enjoy nature. Some of the recommended places to visit include the Museo Gauchesco y Parque Criollo Ricardo Guiraldes, the Museo Taller Draghi, and La Olla de Cobre for fantastic homemade chocolate and alfajores. Getting there takes two hours approximately by bus to Retiro.

Where to stay: There are various estancias, inns and Bed & Breakfasts to choose from. Some of the more known options are Estancia La Porteña de Areco, and El Ombu de Areco.

San Pedro: A little further up North, on the banks of the Paraná river is this small town that was founded in 1907, surrounding a Franciscan convent. Now a day it is a one of the most important fruit ports in the country. Places to visit include La Campiña, a fragrant orange farm open to the public, the Plazoleta Fray Cayetano, and the Fernando Garcia Curten art museum. It is also a great place for fishing and other aquatic activities.

Where to stay: Hotel San Pedro Palace, the oldest hotel in the town which dates back to 1898 and is spick and span due to recent renovations.

Lobos: This small town just 100km to the south west of Capital Federal is famous for its estancias, lake and outdoor life. It is also a historical town where both gaucho and indigenous culture clashed and where General Peron was born. Attractions include the Laguna de Lobos, the Peron museum, a museum of natural sciences and various estancias.

Where to stay: Estancia la Candelaria-A top-notch estancia offering everything from gaucho shows to parachuting and massages in a gorgeous French style chateau surrounded by fragrant nature.

Tandil: Further down south, the town of Tandil sits on the edge of the Sierras de Tandil providing a rugged terrain, perfect for rock climbing and trekking. It is also an important historical landmark as it was a big military fort where important battles were fought. The biggest attractions are natural landmarks such as the Cerro Centinela, Monte Calvario and Piedra Movediza amongst others. Tandil is also a special place for cured meats and cheeses.

Where to stay: Posada de los Pajaros is set in the middle of the sierras providing for a tranquil atmosphere surrounded by nature. Otherwise stay at the Altos Avenida in the town center.