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.

5 Outdoor Activities to Celebrate Love in Buenos Aires

Valentine’s Day is coming up on Sunday and the sunny summer forecast is perfect for romance in the great outdoors. Below, find our pick of 5 outdoor activities to celebrate love in Buenos Aires.

Stroll The Botanical Gardens:

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The Palermo centered Botanical Gardens are perfect for shady strolls and kissing under the trees. There are also fountains and sculptures that add ambience to one of the city’s most well loved green areas.

Visit The Palermo Rosedal:

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Also in Palermo is the famous Rosedal, full of blooming fragrant roses, a romantic bridge, an Andalusian patio, geese and paddle boats. You can also stop by the Sivory Museum which is right across the parks.

Explore The Tigre Delta:

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If you’re willing to head out a bit from the city center, the Tigre Delta is a unique place to explore where you can rent kayaks, go bird watching, enjoy some pampering at one of the spas and even take a ride on a Ferris Wheel in a cheesy amusement park or place bets at the casino.

Splurge in Puerto Madero:

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Puerto Madero is great for long lunches by the river, but also for sailing and walking. Check out the Puente de la Mujer, the Fragata Sarmiento Museum and the Ecological Reserve while you’re in the area.

Join a Fun Tour:

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There are plenty of tours to do in Buenos Aires that will let you get to know the city better. Try a photography tour with Foto Ruta to bond with your significant other while taking pictures, or go horseback riding with Caballos a la par for a rural valentine’s experience.

Also remember that UCO Restaurant will offer a special tasting menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Wednesday

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The day is perfect for some fun on the water. Smile on Sea offers special sailing trips that depart from Puerto Madero, and Soul Trips offer a similar service in Tigre although on a motorboat with drinks and snacks.

In the evening head to Mystique After Office for an early Carnaval Fest starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 1662, San Nicolás.

If late night partying is more to your liking, then Kika´s This is Ibiza party may be just for you. Honduras 5339, Palermo.

 

Thursday

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Take advantage of the good weather and head to the Planetarium where you can join the outdoor Parks and Monuments Tour (starting at 10.30am) or the Parks and Museums Tour (starting at 2.30pm), both done on electric bicycles. The tours last 2 hours each, cost 70 pesos, and are carried out in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Please note that you must be at the Planetarium 30 minutes before the tour with an ID to certify that you are 18 or older. Planetario Galileo Galillei-Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán, 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 cost 25 USD per person and are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

At 9pm Dancing Mood will be presenting their new record, Non Stop, at the Centro Cultural Konex. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200.

 

Friday

At 2pm the San Martin Theatre Contemporary Ballet will be staging the 8 Estaciones Ballet (8 Seasons), a show that alternates each of Vivaldi´s 4 Seasons with the Piazzola versions. Av. Corrientes 1530, Downtown. 0800-333-5254.

Head to the Casa Nacional del Bicentenario where a special exhibit showcasing the transformation of Buenos Aires through images and documents is being held until the end of February. Opening Hours: Tue-Sun from 3pm-9pm. Riobamba 985, Montserrat.

In the evening head to Notorious for the Friday jazz jam starting at 12pm. Av. Callao 966, Recoleta. 4813-6888.

 

Long Weekend

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On Saturday at 6pm, renowned folkloric singer El Chaqueño Palavecino will be staging a live show at Club GEBA. Av. Cnel. Marcelino E. Freyre and Av. Dorrego Saavedra.

On Saturday at 8pm the Colón Theatre Philharmonic will be staging a free show at Parque Centenario in Caballito. Tickets must be picked up in advance on Thursday the 23rd, and Friday the 24th from 11am-7pm at Casa de la Cultura on Av. De Mayo 575. There are 1600 available tickets, and each person will get 2.

The last carnival festivities will be held during Saturday and Sunday.   A series of street parades called murgas, a carnival tradition including rhythmic drums and costumes, will be celebrating around town starting 7pm. In Palermo they will be setting up at Darwin between Honduras and Gorriti and in San Telmo they will be at San Juan and Tacuarí. A map with other murga locations is available here.

On Sunday at 7pm a musical about the Argentine flag will be held at the Planetarium in Palermo. Av. Sarmiento and Belisario Roldán.

Monday is a one time national holiday as the country celebrates the bicentennial anniversary of the creation of the Argentine flag.

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Indulge in decadent 5 O clock tea at Las Violetas in Almagro and then dance those cakes off at 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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In the spirit of Valentines Day why not get to know the city from a romantic viewpoint? Smile on Sea offers a special romantic sailing trips that depart from Puerto Madero, and Soul Trips offer a similar service in Tigre although on a motorboat with candlelight, drinks and snacks.

In the evening don’t miss out on the special Valentines Day tasting menu at Hernan Gipponi Restaurant. More information here. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6820. info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Wednesday

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Take a Fileteado Porteño Tour and discover the typical style of painting associated with Buenos Aires. The tour starts at 1.30pm in the Abasto area and moves to San Telmo either by bikes or public transport. It includes a snack in San Telmo and gives you the chance to try out the technique yourself! More information here.

In the evening head to Italian trattoria Ill Ballo del Mattone for some pastas and jazz, swing and bossa nova music! Gorriti 5950, Palermo. 47768648. reservas@ilballo.tv

Thursday

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The Museo de Arte Decorativo is showcasing a special exhibit on Russian Icons and art from Tibet. Additionally the museums marvelous collection of European and Oriental paintings and sculptures, the great hall and the impressive staircase make it well worth a visit.  Av.del Libertador 1902, Recoleta.  4801-8248. Tuesdays to Sundays from 2.00pm to 7.00pm.  Guided tours in English are available every day at 2pm.

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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A visit to the ethnographic museum is a great way to learn more about the country’s indigenous identity and ethnic background. Opening hours: Tue-Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 3pm-7pm Sat-Sun from 3pm-7pm. Moreno 350, San Telmo, 4345-8196/97.

Later on stop by Centro Cultural Konex for a unique experience in the dark. Dialogo en la Oscuridad is an international exhibit where the senses are rediscovered.  The public is guided in absolute darkness through different scenarios and learns to perceive every day life in a different way.  Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

Saturday and Sunday

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The Italian Filarmonica Clown will be staging Amleto Avvisato Mezzo Salvato at the Shakespeare festival starting 8.30pm at Buenos Aires Polo Circo. Combate de los Pozos 1700, corner. Av. Garay, Capital Federal. More information here.

On Saturday evening, starting at 6.30pm a special milonga featuring Adriana Varela, Max Van de Voorde and Solange Acosta will be held at the Vuelta de Rocha in La Boca.

Don´t miss the festive Bubamara party being held at Groove on Sunday. Balkan music and lots of upbeat dancing are on the carnaval weekend menu! Av. Sta Fe 4389, Palermo.  Sunday starting at middnight.

Romantic Outings in Buenos Aires

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With Valentines Day coming up, finding the perfect spot to celebrate romance is an important task at hand. Our picks? Read on-

 

Watching the sunset or the sunrise is a romance classic and where better than on a boat floating down the river or up in the air in a hot air balloon?  Buenos Aires Outdoors offers romantic balloon rides over the countryside at Capilla del Señor (they offer transport to and from the city). Smile on Sea offers a special romantic sailing trips that depart from Puerto Madero,  and Soul Trips offer a similar service in Tigre although on a motorboat with lit candles, drinks and snacks.

 

Speaking of Tigre, this rugged location surrounded by streams in the heart of the Paraná delta is another great alternative for nature loving lovers who want to relax together away from the bustle of the city.  Rumbo 90° is a beautiful lodge and spa well worth staying in, and they will be offering a special Valentines Day candle lit dinner in their exclusive restaurant overlooking the river. Another option is the Delta Eco Spa. They offers special Valentines Day deals, including overnight and day passes for the spa, and special deals on massages and facials.

 

For those looking for something in the city the Rosedal is a classic go-to romantic spot with its blooming roses, pedal boats and Andalusian patio. Bookstores and traditional cafes also have a special romantic charm to them so a visit to the Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, is a nice option and as for cafes the classic Tortoni on Avenida de Mayo, Las Violetas– for a lavish 5 o clock tea in Almagro, and Confiteria La Ideal are all wonderful options, plus many are also tango joints, which brings us to our next suggestion.

 

Tango, of course, an obvious romantic activity in this city, and the great thing about Buenos Aires is that you can listen to it, view it and even try it out! Ruben and Cherie are popular tango teachers well worth taking a lesson with, also La Catedral offers tango lessons for beginner and intermediate levels and you can stay for the milonga afterwards. Other options include Lo de Roberto in Almagro (a small intimate bar with live tango music),  the aforementioned La Ideal, and Los Angelitos, amongst others.

 

Some bars and restaurants will of course be offering thematic evenings and special menus. The stunning Milion bar will be having a Valentines night, and the mysterious Frank’s Bar with its in-house sex shop is also an interesting option if you can get the password to enter. Hernan Gipponi will be offering a special Valentines Menu- more information here.

We Recommend: Tours by Air and Water

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Helicopter tours: Taking a helicopter to see Buenos Aires from above is a wonderful way to get a scenic view of the city whilst acquiring a sense of its dimensions and distribution. Helitours Buenos Aires offers 20-minute tours through Puerto Madero or La Boca, a 45-minute tour through the city center and its surroundings and a VIP 60 minute tour including outskirts of Buenos Aires such as Tigre and Pilar.  Helitours BA are offered every day from Monday to Saturday from 10am-6pm. Contact: 4555-4973, info@helitourba.com.

Balloon tour: Another interesting alternative is to tour the rural area of Buenos Aires in a balloon.  These day trips take place in Capilla del Señor (80km away from the city center) and include transport from the hotel and back. Balloon trips offered by TANGOL, are carried out every day and last approximately an hour, overlooking extensive fields and streams.  Book your place here.

Sailing tour:  Hop on a sailboat in Puerto Madero and set off to see the city from the river. 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.

Tigre Boat Tour: On the starting point of the Paraná delta is the town of Tigre, set on an island lined by small rivers and streams. Many excursions, in kayak, canoes and boats are available to visit different hidden places in this rugged location. We recommend Safari Delta Tours, which offer day trips through the island, stopping at different hotspots that are well worth visiting. Contact Fernando at safaridelta@sion.com, 155 111 0619.