PUERTO MADERO is a nice place for a walk
Puerto Madero is the last Buenos Aires neighborhood included in Ciudad de Buenos Aires map.
It was built originally as a Port in 1880 but it was not usefull because ships could not get into the port so it was abandoned.
In the beggining of 1990 some restaurants started to locate in that area as well as the Catholic University (UCA)
Nowadays a lot of entreprises and the most wealthy people of the country live there.
This is the an old run down dock area full of rats that in our days turned to a high class district (it’s very expensive to have a house here, especially one apartment that overlooks the river). The old abandoned warehouses will give you an idea how the area looked like some years before. The massive renewal of the area at the early 90s transformed the area into a nice barrio full of good restaurants and cafes. The prices are more expensive but it’s worth to visit at least once. All the streets in Puerto Madero have names of important women of Argentine history!
You can just walk next to the river with your loved one and admire the view or just see the Puente de la Mujer (the famous bridge of Calatrava)
The Woman Bridge is another bridge of Santiago Calatrava the famous architect from Spain. This is his first bridge in Latin America and I hope the last one because it’s really boring seeing the same lyra style everywhere. It’s 160 metres long and it’s a turning bridge because of the passing ships (in fact all the bridges here open for that reason). They say the shape of the bridge shows a couple dancing tango!!!
Ultra chic and modern 335 ft. long pedestrian suspension bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava, is his only work in South America. It was built in Spain and then transported to Buenos Aires to be installed. It is designed to symbolically represent a pair of Tango dancers, with the man leaning out over the horizontal woman.
Walking around in Puerto Madero we stumble to Mississippi house river boat style Casino. We went in and try our luck. We put $40 into slot machines and lost. We had fun.
In the casino there are number of slot machines, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Black Jacks and maybe few other gaming tables. There are also bars and restaurant on board.
Camera is not allowed. When you enter they search your bag. You have to take your camera to the counter and they'll give you a number in exchange for the camera. When you finish loosing your money you can exchange your number with your camera. Don't loose the number.
Remember gambling can be addictive like VT :-)
The casino open 24 hours.
It's still shocking to many porteños that Puerto Madero—once a run-down dock area—has now surpassed Recoleta as B.A.'s highest-rent district. It's a barrio that didn't even officially exist until 1994, when massive renewal transformed a jumble of derelict brick warehouses and deserted streets into the TriBeCa of South America. These days, the four diques (locks) that define the old port are home to many excellent restaurants; Santiago Calatrava's lyrelike suspension bridge, Puente de la Mujer; and Faena Hotel + Universe, the mind-bogglingly over-the-top hotel that design superstar Philippe Starck carved out of a 1902 industrial grain warehouse.
Puerto Madero is no more and less than the old port docks from the turn of the 20th Century.
Since I was a little girl, I remember that the area was pretty much a dirty and abandoned place full of rats. Nobody would dare to walk around there. But someone who was intelligent enough thought that by changing and cleaning the place and transforming it into a cool area, he would get a lot money. So since the 90's the area started to change its face and eventually the docks were transformed into fancy restaurants and very expensive offices and appartments.
It is really worth walking there and having a bit of a taste in any of the restaurants.
If you cross the water, you enter a new developing area where you can find the Hilton hotel, the Faena Hotel and a bunch of amazing and super expensive buildings. Most foreigners who come to buy a property tend to go see this area since it´s becoming very trendy to have a place there.
Puerto Madero offers, maybe, the best running route in Buenos Aires, free of traffic and quite a sight. Starting from one end and bringing it all the way around the rotating bridge should be around 2 - 3 milles. Sorry, didnt take my pedometer. Chic Argentines get together around 6 pm and start running if you dont want to be alone. Couldnt check the morning crowd. I doubt you will either....
La Fragata Presidente Sarmiento , construida en Inglaterra en 1898 , después de ser Buque Escuela de la Armada Argentina y dar 39 vueltas al mundo se ha convertido en un museo que está en el Dique 3 de Puerto Madero
The Frigate President Sarmiento, built in England ion 1898, after being Ship School of the Argentina Navy and to give 39 trips around the world it has become a museum , that is in Dock 3 of Puerto Madero
El puerto comercial, inaugurado en el año 1887, llamado Puerto Madero perdió su importancia como centro de tráfico comercial con el transcurso del tiempo pues el río acarrea mucha arena y lodo, por lo que no sirve como puerto de aguas profundas
Por ello se decidió cambiar toda la fisonomía de la zona aprovechando "los docks", que son antiguos edificios de ladrillo rojo que albergaban originariamente a la administración del puerto. Ahora en las plantas altas, hay apartamentos tipo lofts y modernas oficinas comerciales y en las plantas bajas hay modernos restaurantes
También se ha hecho una universidad , un casino , bonitas avenidas ...
Todas las calles , plazas y avenidas nuevas tienen nombres de mujer
The Comercial Harbour , opened on 1887 , called Puerto Madero lost its importance as commercial center of traffic as with the time it moves a lot of sand and mud , and for this reason is not a good option for a deep water harbour
Based on this it was decided to change the look of the area using the original "docks", that are old red brick buildings where it was originally the harbour administration . now in the upper floor there are loft apartments and modern offices and in the lower floor there are modern restaurants
Also they did a university , a casino , nice avenues...
All the new streets , squares , and avenues have women names
Este puente peatonal y giratorio es la primera obra del arquitecto e ingeniero valenciano(España) Santiago Calatrava que se construye en América del Sur.
Tiene 160 metros de largo y seis de ancho. Su mástil metálico se eleva 39 metros. El puente está preparado para moverse cada vez que una embarcación necesita pasar.
El perfil plástico del puente es interpretado por el autor como la figura de una pareja que baila tango, donde el mástil blanco representa al hombre y la silueta curva del puente la mujer
This pedestrian and turning bridge is the first work of the Valencia (Spain) Engineer Santiago Calatrava built in South America
It has 160m long and 6 m width . The metallic mast reaches 39m . The bridge is prepared to to move each time that a ship needs to pass
The plastic profile of the bridge is understood by the author as the figure of a couple dancing tango , where the white mast is the man and the curved shape of the bridge is the woman
The converted warehouses are now filled with modern offices, lovely, posh restaurants, chic cafes, fancy pubs and chichi shops - very snooty and fashionable, frequented by thin, beautiful people.
And oh, since it faces the docks, there are some boats and a lovely, modern bridge - Puente de la Mujer (Woman's Bridge) too.
Here being Buenos Aires where no one sleeps, plan on coming down here late... like, really late. The idea of dinner does not occur to anyone until after 10pm.
The red-brick previous dock houses have been turned into restaurants, offices and a cinema. No cheap resto's, but trendy, once being in BsAs and visiting the old harbour, why not ?!
I visited this part of BsAs by bike, nice experience and so close to the popular "la Boca"
Just five blocks away from San Telmo (turn to the right on Defensa) lies Puerto Madero.
This is a completely renovated part of the town, situated between the Rio de la Plata and the city centre. It stretches around four old harbours (‘diques’) and it just looks like a complete different city.
On the east side of the water we saw a lot of the most modern buildings, now housing hotels and offices. On the other (west) side the buildings are renovated docks with their specific red bricks, housing apartments and on the ground floor lots of shops, café’s and restaurants. It was just great fun to stroll along these harbours.
The are still two (old) vessels in the water. Both - Corvette Uruguay and Frigate Sarmiento - are museums and can be visited daily. Together with some remaining harbour cranes they give the area a special atmosphere.
Typical sight from north to south of Puerto Madero ...one of the posh places in Buenos Aires to have a meal or drink something .... i didnt go to the southernmost area....to " Reserva costanera sur" ,..i was lazy lol... but im sure it worth a stroll there
Formerly it was just the main harbour but some years ago it became a cosy place for locals and trendy actually
Closer to Retiro on the way to Puerto Madero there is the lower city or the coastline part of the city where there is these huge towers for business and hotels .. nothing special to emphasize but nice to spend some minutes walking running to Puerto Madero (just 5 minutes walking)