¡Feliz Primavera! Sunday is Spring Day in Argentina and if the glorious sunshine continues through the weekend it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and soak up the spring love. Here are a few ideas for enjoying the city from the outside.
Yogis and the yoga-curious…. join the friendly folks at Buena Onda Yoga for a free outdoor event entitled the “Sun Salutation Spring Equinox Celebration”. On September 20th at 2pm you can join in the collective 108 sun salutations (resting at any time you wish, of course) then enjoy a pot-luck picnic afterwards (bring a healthy dish or snack to share). Here’s the detail on the location from the Buena Onda Yoga Facebook page: “WHERE: Rosario Vera Peñaloza and Av Calabria in Puerto Madero. You go up the huge set of stairs from there and will find a big flat area between 2 rows of low benches. In the Guia T there’s a great little detail map of the area on Plano 18.”
2. Investigate the botanicals (and bring the kids for art play)
Jardín Botánico Carlos Thay (Buenos Aires Botanical Garden, Av. Santa Fe 3951) is the perfect place to breathe in the scents of spring – mulchy earth, crushed berries, damp leaves and mauve blossoms. Skulk under the trees to escape the sun that’s getting stronger and stronger, and spot the snoozing cats.
If you have kids, bring them along to the Botanical Garden tomorrow, Saturday 20th September, for an art/play event celebrating spring. Games, activities, art installations and more, from 14.30 to 18.30. Free to get in.
- Stroll around the Japanese Garden
Orchids take centre stage this weekend in the serene surroundings of the Japanese Garden. There are guided visits, talks, and all sorts of orchid-related activities in the garden between 19th (today) and Sunday 21st September. Take a look at the website for more details.
- Walk on the wild side
If you’re looking for wilderness you’re in the wrong part of Argentina. But it is possible to escape the cars, crowds, high-rises and homeless street dogs for a few hours in Buenos Aires – take a trip to the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur. Lose sight of the city and recharge your batteries in this marshy reserve, home to hundreds of bird species, lizards, turtles, and more. The Reserve is a quiet place to be during the week but it does attract lots of people on sunny weekends.
For more inspiration, see this article I wrote for The Real Argentina on parks and open spaces in Buenos Aires – detail on the Costanera Sur, Botanical Garden and more.