Buenos Aires may well be known for its diverse clubs and effortlessly cool bars but on a weekend – when you are being lucky enough to not be nursing a hangover -it is always satisfying to get up and about, ready to explore.
For those unwilling to play sardines with the hoards of tourist around the Recoleta cemetery or La Boca’s Caminito, doing something a little bit more off the beaten track can be just as enjoyable if not more. It is certainly less stressful!
Here are our top 5 suggestions for alternative weekend activities in and around the city.El Campito Refugio
This non-governmental organisation has a population of around 750 dogs or “camperitos”(affectionate nickname) – 120 of which are paralytic, 50 blind, and 250 ageing and receiving treatment for accompanying diseases.
A distinctive characteristic of El Campito is their “open door” policy whereby anyone can visit and volunteer at the refuge to toast their love to the camperitos.
The primary objective of the dog refuge is to raise awareness in society for the unconditional respect for life and wellbeing of animals: appropriate care and non-abandonment of mascots, sterilisation as the only form of population control, adoption instead of buying animals, and the rejection of any form of sacrifice or euthanasia.
El Campito Refugio does not receive subsidies, contributions from any big companies, fees or have any partners.
Open every Saturday for general visits except for the first Saturday of each month, which then moves to a Sunday. You can meet fellow volunteers and coordinators at 1.30pm sharp in Av. Hipólito Yrigoyen 18500, Longchamps or take a combi directly there from the Obelisco.
Remember to bring your dog-leads and a coat (or mosquito repellent depending on the season)-and to make it an even more enjoying and rewarding day a picnic basket always helps!
Click here for more information.Puerto De Frutos
As part of a day trip to the Tigre, if you would like to avoid the standard boat trip and over-priced lunch at one of the riverside restaurants, try out the Puerto de Frutos market. The name is slightly misleading as this is in fact an old fruit market now selling a range of items from regional products and handicrafts to furniture and decorations for your home. Hundreds of stalls open up to fill the area around the docks along the River Lujan, eight blocks from Tigre train station.
And with a number of picnic tables outside why not bring your own lunch? If not don’t worry there are hundreds of stands selling steak and chorizo sandwiches!
In a beautiful setting and friendly atmosphere, Puerto de Frutos is definitely worth a visit, especially on the weekend when it becomes livelier and there is no chance that your favourite handicraft store will decide to close (as happens sometimes during the week)!
You can also couple this day activity with a kayaking tour of the delta, which can even be done at night on a full moon, including camping on one of the islands and dinner, to complete your weekend outing!
Open every day of the week from 10am to 6pm and until 7pm on weekends and bank holidays. Visit the website for more info.Get Fit in Palermo Parks
Walking the streets of Buenos Aires, around the green parks of Palermo and Recoleta in particular (whether winter or summer) there always seems to be a constant stream of fitness fanatics either running, riding their bikes, stretching with personal trainers, or taking part in other outdoor activities/classes.
Among the fitness options there are yoga classes, aerobics, or cross-fit sessions. The more tourist-friendly roller blades or paddleboats are also available to rent in in the Parque Rosedal which fills up on the weekend due to its picturesque setting, including a lake and several walkover bridges.
However, for a more varied-fun and different- style of exercising, learn something new and take part in a new sport, whether you have time doing the week and if not why not start the weekend properly by releasing some endorphins?
“Canguro Fit” Crossfit Fitness Classes: Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 10am and 7.30pm, meet on Av Pres. Pedro Montt near the 400m mark of the track that surrounds the lake in the Bosques de Palermo
Yoga (4.30pm), Pilates (11am), Ritmos Latinos (10am and 5.30pm) -every weekend, classes are free of charge, funded by the city government of Buenos Aires in the Plaza Rosedal. Class times are subject to change; for more info click here.Urban Biking at Night
You can take part in “cicloturismo” in Buenos Aires and enjoy a cultural tour of the city at night to discover the lively after dark city “on a journey through the streets and green spaces of Puerto Madero, Recoleta, San Telmo…”
This eco-friendly way of exploring the city is an alternative to the crowded and noisy tourist “hop on hop off” buses and give people a chance to interact with other fellow cyclists on a more down to earth basis. This is a more unique way of getting about as well as a more personal journey, discovering diverse neighbourhoods and local hangouts, whilst most importantly- in an eco-friendly fashion!
The bikes and equipment are of a good standard, ensuring comfort and safety. And at the END of your ride you can enjoy a beer and relax after a long day with your team.
Every day at 8pm
Duration 3-4 hours
More details on the website.