Shivani gives us an insider tip on the top places in Buenos Aires (and one in Uruguay) you can enjoy while getting some steps in. From street markets like Chinatown to green spaces in parks, make sure you bring your walking shoes so you can comfortably take in the sights of the city and maybe get some unique knick knacks along the way!
One reason why I like being in a city is because I like walking. In general, Buenos Aires has several beautiful places to walk around and spend some time at. It is filled with various green spaces, playgrounds, and small side streets covered in murals.
1. Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada
Plaza de Mayo.
This plaza and building is where the President resides. The plaza itself contains a lot of history and is surrounded by important buildings. You can walk around the plaza and its streets, as well as visit the museum right next to the Casa Rosada and the other government buildings.
2. Puerto Madero
The bridge in Puerto Madero.
This neighborhood is a more modern, wealthy area with taller glass buildings, very nice restaurants, and lots of company offices. There always seems to be some construction, since the roads and buildings are fairly new or still being built. Even the white bridge across the water looks more like a modern art piece than an actual bridge!
A park in Puerto Madero.
The old port used to be located here and people still leave their smaller boats in the harbor area. If you cross the water area and walk a little further, there is a large park that is really nice to play sports, drink mate, etc... I am not exactly sure how big it is; the greenery extends for a while.
3. Barrio Chino
Snagging a shot at the koi mural in Barrio Chino.
Barrio Chino, or basically the Chinatown of Buenos Aires, is located in the neighborhood of Belgrano. This part is only a few blocks long, but it is filled with yummy Chinese restaurants and shops containing the most random knick knacks and decorations. Barrio Chino is located next to a large green space with a gazebo and paths. During the weekends, many vendors sell various items like jewelry and leather wallets.
4. San Telmo Market
Welcome to San Telmo.
San Telmo Market is located in San Telmo (surprise, surprise!) and happens every Sunday (unless it’s raining). Plaza Dorrego is filled with tents of different antique items, clothes, and art. Every time I go there, I come across the weirdest things ranging from an extremely auspicious and valuable coral necklace in certain cultures to rusty and bent utensils. However, in general this is a great place to walk around the streets of San Telmo as well as find items like mate, jewelry, and souvenirs.
5. Palermo Rosedal
A rose garden.
Palermo contains a huge park that also has a rose garden. Great place to have a picnic, walk around, and take pictures. There are also boat rides, bike rentals, and great restaurants in the park.
Try and make your way over to Colonia from Buenos Aires.
This town is actually not in Buenos Aires, nor is it located in Argentina. However, Colonia, Uruguay is only an hour boat ride away from Puerto Madero! Colonia is a very small town with cute and colorful buildings that are right on the shore. You can take a boat across the river and right to it—it’s super easy to get tickets and is just a quick ride over to a more peaceful environment. The atmosphere in Colonia is completely different than Buenos Aires, which makes it a really nice few hour getaway from the city.
Shivani Pandya is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2019, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Bioinformatics major at University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.
Shivani's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.