3 Parques para descubrir en Buenos Aires

Uno de los atractivos de Buenos Aires es que a pesar de ser una gran ciudad, está llena de parques y árboles. En la zona de Palermo, el Jardín Botánico en Plaza Italia y el Parque 3 de Febrero son populares y suelen atraer tanto locales como turistas, pero para aquellos que se quieran aventurar un poco más, elegimos tres parques que vale la pena descubrir en Buenos Aires.

1- Parque de la Memoria

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Este punto situado en la costa del Río de la Plata, se irguió para conmemorar a las víctimas del terrorismo de estado. En él se encuentran monumentos y esculturas, exhibiciones de arte que invitan a la reflexión, y un centro de documentación por lo que es un lugar interesante para entender mejor la identidad local que lleva la marca indeleble de este momento trágico en la historia Argentina. Avenida Costanera Norte Rafael Obligado 6745, downtown.

2- Parque Centenario

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Ubicado en el barrio de Caballito, y diseñado por Carlos Thays, el Parque Centenario es muy concurrido donde la gente se junta para pasar un rato al aire libre y compartir unos mates.  En el centro hay un pequeño lago, y también cuenta con una asociación de astronomía en uno de sus lados, un anfiteatro en el que se programan conciertos gratuitos, un Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, y los fines de semana, una feria de libros.

3- Parque Avellaneda

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Un poco más alejado de Palermo, ubicado en el barrio de Flores, se encuentra el Parque Avellaneda que tiene un trencito que lo rodea y un centro de arte contemporáneo en la Casona de los Olivera, una hermosa casa antigua del 1800.  Av. Directorio and Lacarra, Flores. 

3 Off the Beaten Path Parks in Buenos Aires

One of the great things about Buenos Aires is that despite being a big city, it’s got plenty a park and trees. In the Palermo area, the Botanical Garden in Plaza Italia and the stunning 3 de Febrero parks are common attractions for locals and tourists, but for those that like to stray out a little more, we chose 3 off the beaten path parks in Buenos Aires that are also well worth exploring.

1- Parque de la Memoria

pensar es un hecho revolucionario

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This spot along the coast of the Río de la Plata was created to commemorate the victims of the military coup. It’s outdoor sculptures and monuments by the river side, its quality art exhibit, and its archives and documentation center make it an interesting place to learn more about the local identity and indelibly marked by this tragic moment of the local history. Avenida Costanera Norte Rafael Obligado 6745, downtown.

2- Parque Centenario

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Located in Caballito and designed by Carlos Thays, Parque Centenario is a favourite in the area where people often gather to spend some time outdoors and share some mates. There is a small lake in the middle, as well as an astronomy association on the side of the premises, an amphitheatre where there is usually a program of free live concerts,  Argentine Museum of National Sciences, and a weekend book fair.  Av. Patricias Argentinas, Caballito

3- Parque Avellaneda

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A little further away,  in the neighborhood of Flores, is this stunning park with a little choo choo train that goes around it and a contemporary arts center located in the beautiful Casona de los Olivera which dates back to the 1800’s.  Av. Directorio and Lacarra, Flores. 

 

 

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.

Buenos Aires Bicycle Fest

(Photo by Gaston Z.)

Bicycles, fashion shows, live music and more will all be part of the Buenos Aires Bicycle Fest that will be held this weekend, on the 27th and 28th of October at various city venues including the Planetarium, the Parque Centenario, Rosedal and Distrito Audiovisual.  The event seeks to promote the bicycle as a means of transportation in the city.

Some of the top activities planned for the weekend include two fashion shows at the Planetarium, starting at 6.30pm, thematic city bike tours, live music at the Anfiteatro del Parque Centenario, various conferences regarding new transport trends and other bike related themes, a special platform for freestylers to show off their bike pirouettes, games for children, bike mechanic workshops, special projections and art interventions at the Planetarium and Distrito Audiovisual, amongst others. Find the full program of activities here.

Buenos Aires Parks

Despite being a bustling city, Buenos Aires is surrounded by green and its many stunning parks, with important architectural landmarks, are popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Below we prepared a list of some of the most important parks in Buenos Aires.

 

Plaza San Martin: Retiro is one of the city’s focal points and the gorgeous Plaza San Martín clearly reminds any visitor or passer by of the importance of this neighborhood. The stately park, in front of the Torre Monumental, holds the Jose de San Martin monument and the Monumeno a los Caidos de Malvinas. It is also chock full of lush Ombu, Linden and Floss Silk trees, and is surrounded by important buildings with stunning architecture.

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Parque 3 de Feberero: 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.

(Photo by Luis Araujo)

 

Jardín Botanico: This mysterious and charming botanical garden has over 500 plant species amongst which a large cat community lives. There are also some lovely statues, a botanical museum, and a library. This is a great place to walk though or sit in to read a Borges short story!

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Plaza Francia and surrounding parks: many beautiful extensive parks surround Recoleta. The most known is Plaza Francia, next to the Cemetery, and where the artisans fair is put on weekends. Also in the area is Plaza Naciones Unidas where the impressive Floralis Generica is located, and Plaza Las Heras, amongst others bordering Av. Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta.

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Parque Lezama: This famous park in the heart of San Telmo is easily recognized by the bright colored cupolas of the Russian Orthodox Church, which overlooks the parks tipa and jacaranda trees. Also surrounding the park is the historic Bar  Britanico.  The Pedro de Mendoza monument, a gazebo, a pergola and a sculpture garden complete the charm of this lovely green space.

(Photo by Matias Garabedian)

 

Parque Centenario: In the Caballito neighborhood, Parque Centenario is a popular meeting point for afternoon mates and live evening concerts at the parks amphitheatre. Also in the park are a swan lake and the Fountain of the Irupé Flower, sculpted by renowned sculptor Luis Perlotti. Surrounding the park is the Museum of Natural Sciences and an Astronomy observatory.

(Photo by PezMico)