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Guide to Buenos Aires Outdoors

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This city offers its visitors a wide range of outdoor attractions to explore, from gardens and parks to arts and crafts fairs, and even some riverside walks. Follow my guide to the top 10 outdoor locations in Buenos Aires.

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Jardin Japones

Gardens

Bosques de Palermo

Parks

Jardin Botanico

Libraries, Gardens

Puerto Madero

Neighbourhoods

Reserva Ecologica

Hiking Trails

Plaza Dorrego

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Plaza Francia

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Calle Museo Caminito

Historic Walking Areas

Paseo de la Costa

Other Outdoor Activities

Puerto de Frutos

Flea & Street Markets

Lucía V's City Tips

  • Public transport: Subway and bus systems are efficient. Both accept the SUBE card, which will allow you to pay a reduced fare.
  • Where to buy the SUBE? At OCA post offices. You have to pay a non-refundable fee for the card, present a valid ID (passport) and fill out a form. (Only worth it for long visits.)
  • Buy subway tickets directly from the cashiers at stations. 5 and 10-trip passes are available, as well as single tickets. Cash only.
  • Bus fare depends on the destination.
  • At bus stops: Remember to queue while waiting for the bus and respect the order of the queue when you're getting on.
  • On buses: Tell the driver your destination and pay by SUBE card or coins (which you have to insert into a machine usually located behind the driver).
  • Jardin Japones
    Gardens
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    Lucía V Says:

    An escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Jardín Japonés is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy nature, right in the heart of Palermo neighborhood. The garden features a large pond crossed by several bridges, multiple Japanese-style sculptures, and many different species of plants, trees and flowers ... plus plenty of fish.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Open daily from 10am to 6pm.
    • Best to visit on a sunny day to enjoy the garden at its full potential.
    • Avoid weekends and bank holidays, since it gets very crowded and the queues can get quite long. Instead, try to visit on a weekday.
    • The pond inside the garden is filled with colorful carps. If you want to feed them, the plant shop located next to the restaurant sells special food.
    • There is an admission fee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 807 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well with going to 13/11/2018
    • A beautiful, tranquil garden in the heart of the City 13/11/2018
    • Jardin Japones
    Address:
    Av. Casares 2966
    Buenos Aires 1425
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4804-4922
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bosques de Palermo
    Parks
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    Lucía V Says:

    In a city known for its many green spaces, this group of parks is the biggest and most recognizable. The Bosques de Palermo are home to the Planetarium, the Japanese Garden, a stunning rose garden and several lakes. The favorite destination for locals on sunny weekends, this is a place you won't want to miss.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Perfect place to visit by bicycle. There are bike rental services available inside the park.
    • There are pedal boats available for hire on the lakes.
    • If you want to avoid big crowds, visit on a weekday.
    • In the pond around the Planetarium, there are geese and swans. If you'd like to feed them, make sure to bring along some bread or crackers.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 807 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Que se puede decir de la mejor zona verde de Buenos AIres?. What can I say about the greatest green zone in Buenos Aires 07/11/2018
    • A lot of different parks together 04/11/2018
    • Bosques de Palermo
    Address:
    Av Del Libertador & Dorrego y Figueroa Alcorta
    Palermo
    Buenos Aires 1425
    Argentina
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Jardin Botanico
    Libraries, Gardens
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    Lucía V Says:

    The botanical gardens are one of the landmarks of the Palermo neighborhood, and a beautiful space dedicated to the exhibition of numerous species of plants and trees from all over the world and particularly those native to Argentina.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free admission.
    • Perfect space to enjoy some quiet time just blocks away from one of the busiest areas of Buenos Aires, Plaza Italia.
    • Personal favorite: the fountains filled with floating aquatic plants and their colorful flowers.
    • Particularly beautiful in the spring (September-December), when the flowers are in full bloom.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 807 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Jewel of the Garden Neighborhood 12/08/2018
    • A relaxing place! 31/07/2018
    • Jardin Botanico
    Address:
    Avenida Santa Fe 3951
    Buenos Aires C1425BHB
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 11 4832-1552
    Other:
  • Puerto Madero
    Neighbourhoods
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    Lucía V Says:

    One of the most luxurious and newest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. With the river at its core, Puerto Madero seems to be a completely different world. Coming from the city, you'll encounter numerous upscale restaurants, office spaces, and — once you cross the river — plenty of posh nightclubs and bars, luxury hotels and skyscrapers, all interspersed with beautiful green spaces where you can relax and enjoy the view.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Perfect to walk around during the day, and have a delicious meal or some drinks at night.
    • Don't miss: the pedestrian bridge, Puente de la Mujer, and the ship Fragata Sarmiento, which functions as a museum.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 807 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Always money running through 13/11/2018
    • New buildings 11/11/2018
    • Puerto Madero
    Address:
    Rosario Vera Penaloza
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
  • Reserva Ecologica
    Hiking Trails
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    Lucía V Says:

    This natural reserve, stretching along nearly 900 acres, is home to numerous native species of animals and plants. The moment you step into it, you will forget all about the concrete jungle you've just left behind.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free admission.
    • Make sure to bring some essentials with you on a sunny day: bug repellent, sunscreen, and a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
    • Wear comfortable shoes, since you'll be walking a lot and the trails are not paved.
    • Before entering the reserve, stop and take in the beauty of the Fuente de las Nereidas, the fountain created by Argentine sculptor Lola Mora.
    • Visitors can follow the trails either on foot or by bike.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 807 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delightful Hidden Gem 22/10/2018
    • Fantastic for a Nature Lover 22/10/2018
    • Reserva Ecologica
    Phone:
    +54 11 4893-1588
    Other:
  • Plaza Dorrego
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lucía V Says:

    This square is at the heart of one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, San Telmo. Every weekend, a fair is set up in the square where local artists sell their work. In the streets that surround it, you can also find many antique shops and small, traditional cafés — a true taste of what is typically 'porteño' (something/someone from Buenos Aires).

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Must See
    Tips
    • To visit the fair, go on the weekend. Just take into account that it does get crowded.
    • If you enjoy tango, there are usually couples dancing in the square on Sundays.
    • Personal favorite: the café Plaza Dorrego Bar, on the corner of Humberto Primo and Defensa. A traditional "porteño" style coffee shop.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 807 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Flea market +tango 09/11/2018
    • Free tango 08/11/2018
    • Plaza Dorrego
    Other:
  • Plaza Francia
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lucía V Says:

    Home to the Buenos Aires Design center, Centro Cultural Recoleta (a cultural center), and the Recoleta Cemetery where Evita's remains lie, this park truly comes alive on weekends with a never-ending artists' fair. Here, vendors sell all manner of hand-made goods, from jewelry and leather wares to toys and clothing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The best time to visit is on Saturdays and Sundays, when the fair is in full swing. However it does get crowded, especially if it's sunny.
    • If you're into design, the Buenos Aires Design center is a great space full of trendy furniture and home decor stores.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 807 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • BUENOS AIRES AT ITS I-WISH-I-WERE-EUROPEAN CHICKEST! 19/08/2018
    • Public Square for entertainment and fair 12/08/2018
    • Plaza Francia
    Address:
    Av Hipolito Yrigoyen 1300/1350
    Rodeada por Dr. Ricardo Levene, Av. Pueyrredón, Av. del Libertador y Dr. Luis Agote
    Buenos Aires 5600
    Argentina
    Other:
  • Calle Museo Caminito
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Lucía V Says:

    With its colorful facades, tango references and street artists, Caminito is one of the most emblematic attractions in Buenos Aires. The street is only one block long, but its picturesque quality and rich history make a walk around here worthwhile.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days.
    • While in Caminito, visit the Quinquela Martin Museum, which is just one block away. Here, you'll get a chance to see the artist's colorful depiction of La Boca and the docks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #101 of 807 things to do in Buenos Aires
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must do!!! 02/11/2018
    • Colourful 22/10/2018
    • Calle Museo Caminito
    Address:
    Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza y Magallanes
    (La Vuelta de Rocha promenade)
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Other:
  • Paseo de la Costa
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Lucía V Says:

    Just to the north of Buenos Aires, crossing the General Paz (the boundary between the city and the suburbs), lies the municipality of Vicente López. Here, overlooking the river, you'll find a beautiful green space with a street on one side (closed to traffic on weekends) and the river on the other. Perfect for a lazy Sunday outing.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • From Vicente López station, turn right and walk down Libertador Ave. until you reach Gral. Lavalle street. Turn left there and walk down Gral. Lavalle until you see the river.
    • How to get there? By commuter train. Take the Mitre line (Tigre branch), which leaves from platforms 1 and 2 at Retiro station. Get off at Vicente López station.
    • On weekends, the street is closed to vehicles, allowing people to walk around, exercise, cycle and rollerblade.
    • The large stretches of lawn are perfect for a picnic.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 Outdoor Activities in Vicente Lopez
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A place to share good times. 05/08/2017
    • Outdoor walk along the river 11/07/2017
    • Paseo de la Costa
    Other:
  • Puerto de Frutos
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Lucía V Says:

    The perfect day trip from Buenos Aires. Located in the town of Tigre, roughly 2 hours from the city, Puerto de Frutos is a classic destination for locals looking to take a day off from city life. Here, you can simply explore the area on foot, enjoying the view of the river Luján and the fair, where local designers sell their handmade products and crafts.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • How to get there? By commuter train. Take the Mitre line (Tigre branch), which departs from platforms 1 and 2 at Retiro station.
    • To avoid crowds, don't go during the weekend or on bank holidays.
    • There are boat tours available which will give you the chance to sail along the river Luján and enjoy the view of the coast. A great activity for a sunny day.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Tigre
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots of activity 22/10/2018
    • Oh so touristy 07/10/2018
    • Puerto de Frutos
    Address:
    Calle Sarmiento 160
    Tigre B1648APD
    Argentina
    Phone:
    +54 45124493
    Other:
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