As Argentina enters its summer season, bustling and vibrant Buenos Aires heads outdoors with locals and travelers alike exploring the capital’s beautiful parks, gardens and its 865-acre protected eco-reserve.
As a leading cultural destination in Latin America, there are countless ways to enjoy Buenos Aires’ rich literary tradition, festivals, theaters (including the world-famous Teatro Colon) and historic cafes while soaking in the sunshine.
Exploring Buenos Aires on Two Wheels
With over 165 miles of bike lanes and the Ecobici bike share program that offers travelers various membership packages to choose from depending on length of use, biking is a great way to explore this dynamic capital city, which is filled to the brim with eclectic architecture, majestic parks, a riverfront and an array of other must-see attractions.
Costanera Norte, a coastal corridor, is ideal for a bike ride along the Rio de la Plata (River Plate), the world’s widest river. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat along the way, from upscale restaurants to the carritos along the riverfront serving choripan (classic chorizo sandwich).
The Bosques de Palermo, the city’s largest park, is always full of locals enjoying a walk, run or bike ride through the green spaces or by the park’s lakes. Tell clients not to miss the Rosedal (the rose garden) with over 8,000 roses from 93 different species.
Parque Centenario is ideal For travelers looking to immerse themselves into the daily life of a Buenos Aires local. With its 30 acres of green spaces and lake, it’s a haven for joggers and outdoor exercise enthusiasts. The park also hosts a daily book fair and an extensive arts, crafts and vintage clothing fair on weekends.
The City’s Oasis
The largest and most biodiverse green space in the city, the Reserva Ecologica is a haven for wildlife. The reserve is home to numerous species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, as well as over 500 species of native vegetation including the cockspur coral tree, Argentina’s national flower.
Street Art Walks
Buenos Aires is one of the world’s greatest cities for street art. Colorful murals—from homages to cultural figures to scenes depicting political satire—adorn the sides of buildings throughout the city.
The world’s longest mural painted by a single artist can also be found in Buenos Aires: El Regreso de Quinquela, a 21,500-sq.-ft. tribute to Argentine painter Benito Quinquela Martin.
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For information on Argentina’s best fishing spots, check out Argentina—Keeping it ‘Reel’ Want to learn more about Argentina’s culinary prowess? Read A Toast to Argentina’s Cuisine. And for adventures beyond the customary sightseeing, check out Argentina — A Road Less Traveled.