A visit to Buenos Aires may interrupt one’s weekly workout routine. But luckily this buzzing metropolis can offer open spaces to keep your routine in check. Here are 5 recommended places to enjoy a run or outdoor workout in Buenos Aires.
1) La Reserva Ecológica
La Reserva Ecológica (The Ecological Reserve) is the biggest green space located close to the Micro Centro (Downtown) area of Buenos Aires. La Reserva is almost circular in shape and runs alongside the river called Rio de la Plata. There is a circular path that runs around the edges of the reserve. This connects to other paths which cut through the middle, reconnecting to the main circular path at various points. These paths offer adequate space to run unobstructed in beautiful surroundings. La Reserva is abundant with local flora and fauna. It is free to enter and is open Tuesday to Sunday from early morning to early evening. Maps of the reserve are located at the various entrance points.
2) Puerto Madero
Puerto Madero is a regenerated port area sandwich between La Reserva Ecológica and the central neighbourhoods of Micro Centro and San Telmo. It is probably Buenos Aires’ most trendy area and good spot for top end restaurants. But it also offers a good space to workout. The port has 4 inter linked docks which are surrounded by large pathways. These make for a good place to run next to the waterside. Close by are park’s such as Parque Mujeres Argentinas and Parque Micaela Bastidas. These offer good running space as well as steep grass bank inclines.
3) Bosques de Palermo
If you are located in the Palermo neighbourhood than don’t look further than Bosques de Palermo for your workout. This is a large green area based around a central lake and a rose garden. There is a large road around the lake reserved for recreation. This circular route around the lake is approximately 1km in distance. Most locals use this for running, roller blading and cycling. Close by are other smaller parks which offer more shaded running conditions.
4) Plaza San Martin
Plaza San Martin is the most centrally located green space in the downtown area. It is located close to the Retiro Train and Bus Stations, and the end of the shopping mecca that is Florida Street. The park is rectangular in shape and a lap around it’s parameter is approximately just over half a kilometer. The benefit of the park is that it has a steep incline, which offers more resistance to your run.
5) Parque Centenario
This is geographically the most central of parks in Buenos Aires. It is located in the neighbourhood of Caballito and offers adequate space for running. Parque Centenario is circular in shape, with outer pedestrian paths boarding around the inner park, which boasts a lake and green areas. Most locals prefer to take the outer path which flank the surrounding roads. A lap on the outer path is approximately 1.5 km. There are two points along the route which have permanent open-air gym structures. These are free to use and the structures include parallel bars, pull-up bars and benches for sit-ups. There is also a more central path within the park. This is a good place to run during weekdays, as usually there are less people on this route to obstruct your rhythm. Just note that on weekends and public holidays, market stalls and performers set-up around the park. This makes for both inner and outer routes becoming obstructed by the stalls and people. Many bus routes pass close to Parque Centenario. Angel Gallardo Station on the Linea B subway line is a 5 minute walk from the park, and Rio de Janeiro Station in the Linea A subway line is 10 minutes away. It is a good place to run if you are located in the surrounding neighbourhoods of Caballito, Villa Cespo and Almagro.
Going for a run in Buenos Aires may not only keep you fit but also offers a great way to explore and discover different areas of this beautiful city.
Philip is a Content Producer for the innovative travel website http://www.sightseer.tv. Since a young age he has travelled extensively around the world. Philip has also spent a number of years living in various countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, South Africa and Argentina. He has a passion for travel and enjoys passing on his experiences and knowledge, as well as learning from others. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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