Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, Buenos Aires
I took very long walks in Buenos Aires, and with my map I ended up in this nice ecological reserve by the water near the city center.
There’s about 200+ bird species in this beautiful lush marshy land that has become a popular site for weekend outings and hikes. It was declared in 1986 as an ecological reserve, covering 350 hectares, despite protests from real estate builders who wanted to build more profitable structures.
Other than birds and joggers, you might also see the river turtle or nutria (aquatic rodent). It was during the weekday when I was walking, but during the weekends and holidays, you can rent a bike.
I made a video of my short trip to Buenos Aires on Youtube. Hope you like this:
JUMPING NORMAN IN BUENOS AIRES
There is a ecological park, called Costanera Sur, just "behind" Puerto Madero. Its a cool place for a walk. Lots of birds and maybe you have more luck then I and see ducks in the lake...
Its a nice walk!
This is definitely not a must-see, but if you're staying more than 10 days in Buenos Aires then you might want to take a look at it.
I can't tell you how big this place is but it's really HUGE. It was artificially built, but as time went by many local species of birds settled there. Good for bird-watching, strolling or cycling. The footpaths lead to the river, Rio de la Plata and there are many benches along the path to rest.
Some years ago I had a night guided tour there. It was cool, walking through the tall plants at night, the only light being the full moon, afraid that an animal may appear. They do it on the closest Friday to the full moon. Call them on the previous Monday to the number below.
On Saturdays and Sundays there are guided tours at 10.30 am and 3.30 pm.
Pour faire du vélo et marcher en plein air à côté de la ville, c'est parfait !
Para hacer bicicleta y caminar al aire libre al lado de la ciudad, es perfecto !
To doing bike and walking outside and inside the town, it's perfect !
It is a green space of 360 hectares with uniques characteristics inside the City. It's areas were gained to the river and refilled artificially, but with the years were established there spontaneously a great quantity of typical species of vegetals from the Littoral and the bank from the River Plate region, and the typical fauna of the lagoons and areas of marshland pampeanos.
From Tuesdays to sundays from 8 am to 7 pm.
Es un espacio verde de 360 hectareas con caracteristicas unicas dentro de la Ciudad. Sus terrenos fueron ganados al rio y rellenados artificialmente, pero con los años se establecio en forma espontanea una gran cantidad de especies vegetales tipicas del Litoral y la ribera rioplatense, y la fauna caracteristica de las lagunas y bañados pampeanos. El area fue declarada Parque Natural y Zona de Reserva. Se ubica a pocas cuadras del centro financiero y administrativo, en la costanera sur del Rio de la Plata. Constituida como paseo, es posible detenerse a observar desde los miradores y recorrerla a pie o en bicicleta, por diversos senderos que conducen hasta el rio.
Visitas guiadas: publico en general, sabados, domingos y feriados a las 10.30 y a las 15.30 hs.
Horario: martes a domingos de 8 a 19 hs.
The Fauna of the Reserva is really interesting.
Bird species typical of the Pampas wetlands prevail. Other zoological species are present, though not so easily seen: several fish species many amphibians and reptiles, some mammal, countless insects and other invertebrates that can be found in the water, among the plants, or when crossing trails.
This is the biggest animal I met there!!!! Cute isn't it?
The Reserve has a great variety of trees, grasses and shrubs typical of the Delta and the coast of the River Plate. Vast Pampas grasslands add to “aliso de río” and native willow woods. In the riverside small groups of “ceibos”grow from seeds brought in by the water. Reedmace and reeds act as a background for ponds where a varied fauna lives.
The Reserve is the best place to rest, breathe some fresh air and leave all the noise and the pollution of the City behind you. A few blocks away from the heart of the City and government buildings, the Reserve offers a different promenade where people can come into else contact with wildlife.
There are different trails, one following the river limit, one in the middle of the reserve and one along the City limit.
This ecological reserve in the South of the City is also the best place to see the Rio de la Plata...in a nice and green environnement!
Many Porteños go there jogging or riding bicycle...or simply enjoying the coast and the view on the Rio...some even bath in it....even if it is forbidden!
This is a nice Park and nature reservate near the City. Its directly behind the old harbour at the coast. The Park is not artificial. you can see a lot of plants and animals there. For example Leguans. Many People do jogging or biking along the ways but you also can do it by foot
I could spend many times in Costanera Sur. It's a lovely mixture of nature and urban landscape in one place.
The Reserve offers you one of the nicest view on the City...I really loved this skyline and this mix of modernity and nature...