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Old and New Buenos Aires

Adjacent neighborhoods capture the colonial past and skyscraper future of central Buenos Aires

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  Most of Buenos Aires's buildings from the colonial era and the early days of the republic have long since been built over, but the San... more »

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Points of Interest

During the week a handful of craftspeople and a few scruffy pigeons are the only ones enjoying the shade from the stately trees in the city's second-oldest square. Sunday couldn't be more different: scores of stalls selling antiques, curios, and just plain old stuff move in to form the Feria de San Pedro Telmo (San Pedro Telmo Fair). Tango dancers... More

All 500 years of Buenos Aires' history are packed into this unusual house. The street it's on was once a small river—the zanjón, or gorge, of the property's name—where the first, unsuccessful attempt to found Buenos Aires took place in 1536. When the property's current owner—or custodian, as he prefers to be known—decided to develop what was then ... More

3. Costanera Sur

As you head north along the Costanera Sur, to your left are Puerto Madero’s skyscrapers, and to your right is a stretch of water separating Puerto Madero proper from the Reserva Ecológica. (The ecological reserve’s entrance is through the trees behind Fuente Las Nereidas; a detour here will add gorgeous greenery and lots of extra mileage to your... More

4. Parque de las Mujeres Argentinas

This a small park, and ends at one of Puerto Madero’s former docks, now home to Buenos Aires’ newest buildings (and newest construction sites). The original redbrick warehouses over the water now house restaurants and offices.

5. Puente de la Mujer

Tango dancers inspired the sweeping asymmetrical lines of Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava's design for the pedestrian-only Bridge of the Woman. Puerto Madero's street names pay homage to famous Argentine women, hence the bridge's name. (Ironically its most visible part—a soaring 128-foot arm—represents the man of a couple in mid-tango.) The... More

Argentina’s richest woman, Amalia Fortabat, is a cement heiress, so it’s not surprising that the building containing her private art collection is made mostly of concrete. It was completed in 2003, but after-effects from Argentina’s 2001–02 financial crisis delayed its opening until 2008. Amalita (as she’s known locally) was closely involved in... More