José de San Martín

(Photo by santiago nicolau)

Monday is a national holiday in memory of José de San Martín, the country’s independence leader. The famous general was born in the late 1700’s in Corrientes province and is credited with leading Peru, Chile and Argentina to their independence whilst Simón Bolivar did the same in the north of the continent.

Although he was born in Argentina, San Martin grew up in Spain where in fact he began his military career, reaching the rank of lieutenant coronel and came in touch with the ideas of the Spanish Enlightenment. After resigning to the Spanish military, he returned to South America and began his participation in the independence wars. Many speculate that this decision was actually encouraged by the British who had commercial interest in the independence of South America; others argue that for San Martín, the South American independence war was only an extension of an ideological battle between enlightenment and absolutism. Whichever the cause he became a national hero and had a brilliant military career, with many anecdotes, such as the crossing of the Andes, which history highlights as one of the extraordinary feats of South American independence.

In Buenos Aires, the Plaza San Martin in one of the central landmarks. In it is the famous San Martin monument where the independence battle and the country’s libertador are commemorated.

Long Weekend in Buenos Aires

Saturday

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.

If the weather clears up head to the lush Palermo parks where there will be an organic food market set up for the weekend from 10 am to 6pm. Av. Sarmiento and Av. del Libertador.

The Green Film Fest will be showing all the latest international films about the environment and the many things that can be done to protect it. The festival will take place at the Palermo Cinemark, only a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens and the lush 3 de Febrero Parks.  Find the full program here. Beruti 3399, Palermo.

Check out the Festival de la Luz (light festival), which aims at promoting photography. The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.  Find the full list of exhibits and events here.

Don´t miss the much awaited tango world championships that promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

Sunday

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.

If the weather clears up head to the lush Palermo parks where there will be an organic food market set up for the weekend from 10 am to 6pm. Av. Sarmiento and Av. del Libertador.

The Green Film Fest will be showing all the latest international films about the environment and the many things that can be done to protect it. The festival will take place at the Palermo Cinemark, only a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens and the lush 3 de Febrero Parks.  Find the full program here. Beruti 3399, Palermo.

Check out the Festival de la Luz (light festival), which aims at promoting photography. The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.  Find the full list of exhibits and events here.

On Sunday the Japanese Gardens will be celebrating the Dondoh fire ceremony! Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

Another great event that will be taking place during the weekend is the International Artisan Beer festival. Different beer related events will be taking place around Recoleta including a beer tour on Sunday during the day and a festival at night. More information here.

Don´t miss the much awaited tango world championships that promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

The renowned international band, Dream Theatre, will be playing on the 19th and 20th of August at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Monday

The Feria de Mataderos is the perfect place to go to commemorate the death of San Martin. On Monday they will be holding a Folklore Festival from 11am to 8pm! Av. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. De los Corrales.

The Green Film Fest will be showing all the latest international films about the environment and the many things that can be done to protect it. The festival will take place at the Palermo Cinemark, only a few blocks away from the Botanical Gardens and the lush 3 de Febrero Parks.  Find the full program here. Beruti 3399, Palermo.

Check out the Festival de la Luz (light festival), which aims at promoting photography. The festival takes place throughout August and September around the country.  Find the full list of exhibits and events here.

Don´t miss the much awaited tango festival and world championships that promise for two weeks of woeful romance, haunting music and passionate dancing. Find the full program here.

 In the evening head to Almagro where La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts, will be making sure everyone is dancing. Centro Cultural Konex Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864-3200

The renowned international band, Dream Theatre, will be playing on the 19th and 20th of August at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

Off the Beaten Path: Day Trip to San Isidro

(Museo Pueyrredon by Fernando)

Although out of the way from the downtown area, San Isidro is a historical neighborhood founded in 1706, which is well worth visiting. The upscale residential area still conserves many of its colonial constructions and offers shady streets lined with jacarandas to walk thorough and explore.

Start the day early and take the Mitre train from Retiro or Carranza station (close to the hotel). Check that you get on the train going to Mitre, which is where you have to get off.  Cross the Maipú Avenue and go into the Tren de la Costa. Take the train to the Barrancas station where a weekend antique fair. A close walk away is the Pueyrredon Historical Museum set in an old homestead where General Pueyrredon and San Martin planned strategies against the Spanish. Whilst in this area of San Isidro you can stop for lunch at La Anita, an old food store with a courtyard which was turned into a restaurant preserving the 100 year old furniture.

Get back on the train and get off at the San Isidro station where you can walk up the beautiful Mitre Park to get to the neo-gothic San Isidro Cathedral. Around the block, set in the Tres Ombues lane is the well worth visiting Beccar Varela museum at Quinta los Ombues, which was built during the vice royal period, and displays the historic heritage of the area.

Only ten blocks away is the stunning Villa O Campo where you can explore the local literary legacy, walk through stunning gardens and end the afternoon by having scones at the Villas teahouse.  On your the way there is El Altillo pizzeria a neighborhood classic and El Piove ice cream where the owners have their ice cream maker displayed and it is sometimes possible to get a scoop right from the churners.

Museums

Pueyrredon Historical Museum

Rivera Indarte 48, Acassuso

4512-3131

Quinta Los Ombues

info@quintalosombues.com.ar

Adrián Beccar Varela 774, San Isidro

4575-4038

Villa O Campo

Elortondo 1837, Beccar

4732-4988

Places to eat

La Anita

Vuelta de Obligado 415, Acassuso.

4743-7604.

El Altillo

Av. Libertador 17000, San Isidro

4743-0990

Piove Ice Cream

Av. Libertador 17002, San Isidro

47477856