Friday, July 20, 2012
Buenos Aires - Puerto Madero, the Port District
10 WORDS PUERTO MADERO
Promenade > Water > Kayaks > Stroll > Port > Hotels/Condos > High-Dollar > Sleek > Teenagers (everywhere!) > Ships
THINGS TO DO
1. Walk along the promenade on both sides of the 4 dikes and enjoy the scenery
2. Relax at one of the many outdoor cafes and restaurants along the promenade
3. Walk across the Puente de la Mujer and admire its construction and beauty
4. Watch the kayakers navigate through the waters
5. Take a peek inside the old naval ship, Frigata Sarmiento
6. Hike around the Ecological Reserve
"By the end of the 19th century, the authorities decided to provide the city with adequate port facilities. This sparked off a debate in society about two projects: one submitted by engineer Luis A. Huergo and the other, by Eduardo Madero. The latter's proposal, which planned the location of the port in the area surrounding Plaza de Mayo, was passed by the Argentine Congress in 1882. The facilities were eventually inaugurated in 1897. Later on, at the turn of the 20th century, the red brick warehouses, which have become the landmark of this District, were built. Then, by 1916, Costanera Avenue, one of the favorite promenades of the city dwellers, was opened, together with the Municipal Riverside Resort. Owing to the deterioration of the facilities, between 1911 and 1930 Puerto Nuevo (New Port) was built to replace that designed by Madero, which was abandoned for more than five decades. In 1989 the Government decided to rescue the old port area from oblivion and integrate the city with the River. The project, led by Corporación Antiguo Puerto Madero – a mixed corporation formed by both the National and city governments – meant the retrieval of 170 hectares for dwellings and public spaces. This District, whose streets pay homage to outstanding women in Argentine history, soon became an exclusive residential, gastronomic and business center in the city." -Sitio oficial de turismo de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, http://bue.gov.ar/
Water isn't exactly a beautiful ocean blue, but we are looking at a part of the Atlantic Ocean!
The old navy ship, Fragata Sarmiento, a former naval ship that sailed around the world 40 times between 1899 and 1938.
Puente de la Mujer bridge designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatreva. Bridge represents a couple dancing the tango.
...it's a dog's life. Dogs taking naps on the lawn around Puerto Madero.