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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Celebrate Earth Day by taking a day trip to Tigre, a town in the outskirts of the city set on an island lined by small rivers and streams. Enjoy nature and the variety of attractions this location offers including canoeing, kayak and other excursions by boat, trekking, ecotourism, restaurants, spas, tea-houses, picnic sites, a naval museum, an art museum, a mate museum, a casino, a crafts fair and an amusement park. More information here.

 

Tuesday

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One of the architectural landmarks of the city is the famous Palacio Barolo. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm includes tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy. More information here.

In the evening, stop by La Catedral in Almagro where you can take a tango lesson starting at 7.30 pm or 9pm. Sarmiento 4006, Almagro.

Wednesday

(Passarinhos- Adriana Varejao. Photo by Srta. Bia)

Stop by the MALBA in Recoleta and get a glimpse of the Latin American modern art scene and of Grete Stern and Adriana Varejao’s work. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta.

Daniel Johnston will be staging a live show starting at 9pm at the popular Palermo Niceto Club. Tickets can be purchased from Monday to Friday from midday to 6pm at Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

Thursday

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The annual book fair kicks off until the 13th of May and is a great place for browsing, shopping and seminars. The fair’s theme this year is Books as Bridges and there will be a special focus on Dutch literature.

The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will be staging a concert at 8.30pm at the stunning Colón Theatre. Tickets here.

Friday

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Book your place for the full parrilla experience with Parrilla Tour. These filling excursions, which take place in San Telmo on Fridays, will surely leave you satisfied.

In the evening, jazz musician Fabian Zylberman will be presenting his new album at Thelonious starting at 9.30 pm.  Later on, after midnight, the Juan Nevani Jazz Trio will continue to bring music to the night. Salguero 1884, 1st floor, Palermo.

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.

PM Open air music– Outdoor live music, art and more merge in this new Saturday event which takes place in Palermo from 2pm to 9pm. Paraguay 4905, Palermo

The Colón Theatre will be presenting a free concert by the Philharmonic Quintet who will be playing pieces by Mozart and Schuller. Tickets must be picked up in advance.

On Sunday, Tales of the Cocktail Tour kicks off, promising for three days of cocktails, tango, New Orleans style brunch and great parties. More information here.

Also on Sunday, there will be a Sumo demonstration at the gorgeous Japanese gardens in Palermo starting at 3.30pm. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Casares, Palermo.

Must-See in Buenos Aires #1: Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo

While in Buenos Aires you must visit the Museo de Arte decorativo, Palacio Errázuriz Alvear.

Escalera Palacio Errázuriz

A palace from the beginning of the 20th century for one of the wealthy families of Buenos Aires. 

Designed by French architect René Sergent in 1911 and built with European materials it is a great example of French architecture in Buenos Aires.

It was acquired by the Estate in 1937 after the death of Josefina destined to be a museum. With its marvelous collection of paintings and sculptures both European and Oriental, it’s a great example of how this family lived and conceived life.

Guided visits in English every day at 2pm are usually very private as not many people assist and if you are lucky they might even take you on the lift!

Don´t miss the Great Hall and its marvelous staircase.

Av.del Libertador 1902 – C1425AAS
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (CABA)  República Argentina 
Telefax (54-11) 4801-8248 / 4802-6606 / 4806-8306
e-mail: museo@mnad.org

January and february opens Tuesday through Saturday from 2pm until 7pm.

March until December: Tuesday trough Sunday from 2pm until 7pm

For more info: http://www.mnad.org/index.php?subP=ingles

Sightseeing off the beaten path, Club de Pescadores

Club de Pescadores

Club de Pescadores

An old building on Costanera Norte on the River Plate.

With no many fishermen nowadays this old English Style building was very fashinable back in its days. 

With an operating restaurants with great views it can give you an experience of Buenos Aires that is well off the beaten path.

Club de Pescadores 2

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