A micro-world minutes from downtown. That's Puerto Madero. The youngest neighborhood of Buenos Aires and one of the most valuable in Latin America, it is estimated around USD 4243 per square-meter , it does not disappoint anyone looking completely to forget you are in town and let aside any dimension of time and space.
Bordering the huge brick docks breathing the port scent calm the senses. And there, among the colossal structure of the Catholic University of Argentina, the many offices of international companies, the residences of personalities and businessmen, the cranes used to load and unload ships at port-, kayakers and elegant restaurants, there is also room for green, outdoor and bike rides.
Glass skyscrapers and vast green spaces, luxury hotels and restored buildings, kayaks and cars, history and modernity
Puerto Madero has a whole women's history. On the one hand, because since 1995 all streets in the neighborhood are called with famous Argentine women names. And it is the famous Puente de la Mujer (Bridge of the Woman), the first work of the Spanish Santiago Calatrava in Latin America, which claims the nickname. With five meters wide, the structure mimics the figure of a couple dancing tango and has a rotation of 90 ° to allow the passage of boats. But, on the other hand, besides the functional reason, Puente de la Mujer also has a romantic side: as in several European capitals, many couples who come walking hang a padlock to symbolize their love.
The list does not end there. The museum that houses the art collection of Amalita Fortabat is another example that women dominate Puerto Madero. More than 200 works -argentines and international-of its private collection works are exhibited in the street Olga Cossettini 141. Auguste Rodin, Antonio Berni, Dali, Andy Warhol and Clorindo Testa are some passionate artists to the richest woman in Argentina and whose works now live in the museum of Dock 4. Very close, on the border between Dock 2 and 3, it is the work of the controversial sculptor Lola Mora: the figure of Venus, worked in Carrara marble, stands out among the whinnying horses of the fountain Las Nereidas.
A walk along the four docks bump you with stunning sculptures as the Pasionaria, a three meter high steel flower from the artist Marcela Cabutti, and El Sueño de la Esfera, Eduardo Pla work that seems to glow in the dark . A tip: Do not miss the Paseo de la Gloria, a tour of sculptures of famous athletes developed within the framework of the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, the most recent acquisition in the area.
Surrounded by a halo of modernity and sophistication, Puerto Madero also has a history. Fragata Sarmiento, for example, a training ship that made several international trips between 1899 and 1938 with the students of the Naval Academy, is now a museum and has records of all of its expeditions. It is also the case of Coberta Uruguay, the oldest ship of the Argentine Navy which is now moored at dock 4. Moreover, the full-scale monument of Juan Manuel Fangio, on Boulevard Azucena Villaflor, also refers to the memory and invites you as co-driver next to Formula 1 racing driver most famous of all time.
During day or night, the neighborhood makes your fancies true. Puerto Madero offers exotic options such as the famous Floating Casino, which operates in a replica ship from the late nineteenth century and is open 24 hours. It also offers art, such as the Faena Arts Center, a cultural center located on the old mill room. Worldwide exhibitions and interactive installations can be seen in this majestic structure of the businessman Alan Faena.
The former Munich brewery -Avenida de los Italianos 851- is another alternative. Meeting point for the locals in good times of Costanera Sur, it was thought to demolish it, then it became the Telecommunications Museum Cultural Complex, and finally it was decided that the building will house the Museum Center of Buenos Aires. There the Museum of Humor works: like a trip back in time, the museum revives more than 200 years of comics, animation and humor in a historic building.
The color palette becomes pale as one approaches the Park Mujeres Argentinas: located on the street Juana Manso, Dock 3, is the largest in the city and has more than a thousand varieties of native trees. Roses of Micaela Bastidas, park located in Dock 2, are also worth to be seen if what you want is a quiet place to rest.
But the star of Puerto Madero is, without doubt, the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve: over 350 hectares dedicated to preserving the native fauna and flora, promote environmental education and conservation of endangered species. It is the preferred choice of many who seek a place outdoors for physical activity, cycling or just take a walk and enjoy nature.